First Love

June 24, 2014

I woke up this morning before the sun came up, just like you always did.  I  sat quietly under a flood of memories—of the books and places and people that have changed my heart forever.  I asked God for more patience, for the gentleness of heart to lead my children to the truest things in life. […]

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Weekend Grace {6-21-14}

June 22, 2014

I met Adriane in Fredericksburg, Texas.  Otherwise known as God’s Country.  We met there for a girl’s weekend with a some other charming ladies and had a dandy good time.  (That’s her photobombing Jan and the boots in the photo above).  She’s AMAZING, dear people.  She just turned 30 and is the editor of an […]

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05: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Gratitude & Abundance [Podcast]

June 20, 2014

“Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”  old French proverb Notes from the Show 1. Gratitude is God’s gift to you—The key to gratitude is not in our giving thanks.  It is a gift from God that He first bestows on you in Baptism and continues to nurture in you through His word and the Lord’s Supper. […]

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10 Ways to Make 40 the New Fabulous {Or How to Avoid #oldladyproblems}

June 16, 2014

I posted this on Instagram this past Friday and was blown away by the number of comments, texts, emails, etc about all our #oldladyproblems associated with being 40-somethings.  So, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the subject! (If it’s any consolation, I like my 40 year old self way better than my 20 […]

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When a Father Loves His Daughters

June 13, 2014

In honor of Father’s Day and in honor of the little girl who changed my world, this is a repost from almost exactly a year ago, when I traveled to Nicaragua with Compassion to meet my little Diana.  If you’ve read this post already, scroll to the bottom and see what Diana  got for her […]

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04: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Faith [Podcast]

June 11, 2014

This is part 4 of the 7 part journey toward Creating the Life You Love and this week’s focus is a Life of Faith. I think this will be different than almost anything you could listen to on this subject.  I hope you’ll give this episode a listen because these may be some of the […]

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Summer Reading for Tweens {and their parents}

June 9, 2014
summer reading

 ”No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” C.S. Lewis This may seem like a regular post, but it’s not.  This is a community post, where I start the conversation and you jump […]

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Weekend Grace [6.7.14]

June 7, 2014

It was the week for some awesome summer house tours.   I didn’t do one this year, but here’s a peek at last year’s summery pics.  I can’t do a new summer tour until the hydrangeas are in full bloom.  Obviously.  This photo also reminds me that the bust of Aphrodite needs to wear the […]

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{Flourless} Monster Cookies

June 6, 2014

There’s a good chance that a batch of these monster cookies will be made in my kitchen every weekend from now till the end of  August.  Why, you ask?  Well.  There’s two good reasons.  The first reason is—these are the signature cookies that my beloved 12 year old makes and when someone else offers to […]

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03: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Beauty [Podcast]

June 3, 2014

This is part 3 of a 7 part podcast series on The Life You Love Manifesto.  You can listen to part 1 on a Life of Calling here and part 2 on a Life of Learning here. Notes and Links I begin with a short discourse on beauty. Pin It

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Summer’s Dawn

June 2, 2014

I get all philosophical and teary eyed in June because it’s just so undeservedly beautiful.  I was made for June.  We’re soul mates. June stirs up an ache in my soul that only Lewis has ever accurately described. “In speaking of this desire for our own faroff country, which we find in ourselves even now, […]

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Fresh Tomato Tart

May 29, 2014

NOTHING says summer like fresh tomatoes.  Can I get an amen?  And if it’s not summer where you are, please consider moving to my good state.  We’d love to have you!   Fresh tomatoes may be my favorite thing in all the world.  I’ve got about 7 different varieties in my garden as we speak […]

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02: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Learning [Podcast]

May 28, 2014
lifelong learning

photo Show Notes and Outline Why should we want to be lifelong learners? It cultivates virtue, curiosity, and empathy. It’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself and those around you. It reassures us we are not alone! It strengthens our ability to think for ourselves amid a world of chaos and distraction. […]

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May 26, 2014

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” Hope you are enjoying a wonderful day of rest and play with your favorite people. True […]

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7 Ways I Simplified My Life {And Saved Money}

May 23, 2014

Thanks to Dave Ramsey and his Endorsed Local Providers program for sponsoring this post and inspiring us! The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s […]

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