Long Man {by Amy Greene}

February 25, 2014
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“Every written word is a victory against death.” ~ Micheal Butor (Amy’s favorite quote) Amy Greene is one of a kind.  She’s that  person you meet only a few times in your life—where you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the appointment was divine.  I met her in October of 2010 at an […]

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Kitchen Must Haves {The 10 Things I Use Most}

February 24, 2014
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  I’m ashamed to say that my kitchen has been sorely neglected until yesterday.  I spent the better part the afternoon cleaning and froofing, but have not been on my A game with cooking lately.  And by that I mean we’ve had frozen pizza twice this week.  What are we, newlyweds?  I even went to […]

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What’s On My Spring Mantel

February 21, 2014
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Okay, it’s no secret.  I’m the queen of the cluttered mantel.  I’ve TRIED less is more.  I really have.  And it’s almost Lent, so less is more made sense in my head.  Just not on my mantel.  AND? I’m pretty passionate about Lent and especially how we often need to add things to our lives […]

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House Tour

February 20, 2014
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A collection of our home photos all in one place after our rebuild from the house fire!   s i d e   e n t r y w o r k   r o o m or room where we use props and make funny faces! Or room where we write and study Or […]

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your real, new self

February 19, 2014

I’ve been doing a lot of writing and soul searching and deadline meeting over the past few days.  I’ve also been doing very little sleeping.  Maybe you need this repost as much as I do. “Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come […]

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4 Gifts to Give Your Mantel {#loveyourmantel}

February 17, 2014
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I have mantels on the brain, so please bear with me! (Also, I’m working on tracing down the links on all the photos, which is harder than it looks!) via Emily Henderson, the reigning queen of all things mantel and decorating and baby snuggling. We know what to get the bride, but have you heard […]

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Weekend Grace, Love Edition

February 16, 2014
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It seems like a good time to mention this coffee.  The coffee connoisseur in me was so sad to come to the end of the bag.  Just Love Coffee!  It’s SO GOOD. I’m loving the Costa Rican medium roast. Thank you for linking up with our real marriage love stories this week! Here are a […]

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Survey Results, Winners, and FAQ

February 14, 2014
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We are enjoying the briefest and most beautiful of snow days—one that actually has snow, which is always nice.  I made chili and am contemplating starting some mocha cupcakes for Valentine’s Day.  I’m worried that I might be snowed in with them, which is not good for my thighs. Who I am kidding?  It’s gonna […]

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Italian Wedding Soup

February 12, 2014
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Well.  First of all, let me say that I love weddings.  EVERY last thing about them. I get all teary eyed for the bride and groom.  I always imagine that I’m the photographer, looking for those candid moments that can’t be missed.  I love the wedding liturgy, the familiar words, the dancing, all of it. […]

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Ode to Emotional Support {And a Love Story Link-up}

February 10, 2014
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(photo via Life in Balance ) I started 2012 off with a bang.  And by that I mean, I had emergency surgery on my gallbladder.   I woke up on the morning of my birthday completely out of my head and asking for cookie cake.(So, in retrospect I guess I wasn’t completely out of my  head.) […]

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Weekend Grace

February 8, 2014
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First, let me remind you that in honor of real marriage (or Valentine’s Day?) and my friend, Melanie’s, book on marriage, we’re linking up our funny or tender (or anything in between) marriage stories on Monday, here on the blog.  I can’t wait to tell you mine.  I’m writing about the time I asked Stevie […]

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2014 Reading List

February 7, 2014
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“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  ~Oscar Wilde There’s probably nothing more dangerous in your house than a stack full of good books.  More than any other one thing in my life, books have been the most transformative.  And I’m […]

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Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies

February 5, 2014
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Thank you for all your kind comments on our dorky homegrown videos yesterday and on Melanie’s book. You are the best kind of friends! Chocolate chip cookie recipes are like purses to me.  There’s one for every occasion.  Actually, that’s not true at all, because I’ve been carrying the same purse for over a year. […]

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Video Interview with Melanie Shankle (Big Mama)

February 4, 2014
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Y’all. I don’t even know where to start with this one.  Melanie is the Seinfeld of blog world and she’s been making me laugh about nothing since 2008.  She’s one of my favorite people and her blog, Big Mama is a daily treat.   I know you’d love her too, if you could meet her […]

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The Fruits of Our Labor

February 3, 2014
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“All the ancient wisdom tells us that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as mortality; that good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest or self-serving work is our curse and our doom. We have tried to escape the sweat and sorrow promised in Genesis […]

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