06: The Life You Love Manifesto|A Life of Rest [Podcast]

June 30, 2014

This is part 6 of a 7 part podcast series on Creating the Life You Love.  You can find the previous episodes here! Summer is a great time to talk about our need for rest.  We live crazy busy lives and often don’t realize the toll it’s taking on us until it’s too late.  I […]

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How I Plan the Perfectly Imperfect Staycation

June 28, 2014

This is our 3rd year of official stay-cationing and we have come to LOVE IT.   Home is actually our favorite place to be so stay-cations are our love language.  But even if you’re not planning a full vacation at home, this might encourage you for the occasional summer company.  Here’s are some tips on […]

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Best Ever Blueberry Coffee Cake {with Lemon Glaze}

June 25, 2014

Well.  I’m 3 days into recovering from food poisoning.  I no longer wish to die, so that’s always a plus. I got out of bed almost like normal for the past two days.  I’m still slightly nauseous but am overall on the mend.  I haven’t been able to exercise all week, which usually negatively affects […]

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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
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 ”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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