• freedom this july {back porch Wednesdays}

    freedom this july {back porch Wednesdays}

    Be strong and courageous today. Remember that I have already won the battle the accuser wages against you. Allow My spirit to fill your soul, enabling you to overcome trials of any size that you face. I AM the Wonderful Counselor and the Prince of …... READ MORE >>>
  • all free clear makes traveling easier

    all free clear makes traveling easier

    Last week, our family was scattered all over the place. I surprised Raleigh with a trip to Chicago for his thirtieth birthday! We had so much fun seeing the city together and catching up with old friends. While we were up north, Ridley went to …... READ MORE >>>
  • friendship {back porch wednesdays}

    friendship {back porch wednesdays}

    To journey life with a friend is one of the many gifts I love to give.  Molding two individuals into companions can happen over gatherings of food, weekend retreats, or even back down a road once traveled. As I watch you laugh, joke, and play, …... READ MORE >>>
  • the master mind {back porch wednesdays}

    the master mind {back porch wednesdays}

    I am with you wherever you go. Whether walking down a peaceful sandy shore or a boisterous school hallway, I am there. Guiding you, directing you, leading you towards your life purpose. The lessons you learn in the classroom are a gateway for the larger …... READ MORE >>>
  • dwelling place {back porch wednesdays}

    dwelling place {back porch wednesdays}

      You have been such a faithful disciple of mine. Your current circumstance has been dreadfully hard to endure, and My heart has broken while sharing your pain. I lovingly adore how you worship My name and hold tightly to the truth I speak to …... READ MORE >>>
  • the lantern {back porch wednesdays}

    the lantern {back porch wednesdays}

    I am the Light of the world. My light radiates truth and illuminates your soul. The unfolding of My words gives you the necessary light for living a full life. I have chosen you to be a light-bearer in My name. Your light should not …... READ MORE >>>
  • 70 days of summer

    70 days of summer

      Seventy days of summer begins today, y’all. From June 1st until August 8th, school is out and it is officially summer. Woo-hoo! The thought of summer just makes us happy, doesn’t it? We daydream about it on cold winter days and grasp for it …... READ MORE >>>
  • Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes*

    Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes*

    Since Ridley has turned one, he has slowly changed from baby to boy. Instead of his usual scoot-crawl, he began to pull up. Pulling up led to a few timid steps and a big smile once he reached my arms. Soon, his little body was …... READ MORE >>>
  • a letter to the moms of graduates

    a letter to the moms of graduates

    Hey mom, Yeah, you. The one with the camera around your neck and the tissue in your purse. Your child is not so small anymore, is she? I see you watching her, with a mixture of pride and sadness. It’s okay, to be both happy …... READ MORE >>>
  • why you need to share your heart {what happened to me on mother’s day}

    why you need to share your heart {what happened to me on mother’s day}

    This past Sunday, I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I shared my heart to our congregation. It was scary. Exciting. Intimidating. Thrilling. Amazing. Our pastors invited me to speak about being a mom on Mother’s Day. It was such an honor …... READ MORE >>>
  • women are scary {+ mother’s day giveaway winners!}

    women are scary {+ mother’s day giveaway winners!}

    One thing that I love about writer’s conferences is you meet other writers. Seems obvious, right? But, it surprises me every time. This past year at Allume, I sat at the same dinner table as Melanie Dale and instantly fell in love with her wit …... READ MORE >>>
  • my mom drives me crazy {but I love her anyway!}

    my mom drives me crazy {but I love her anyway!}

    Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. My freshman year of college, there was this vacant study room just down the hall from my dorm room. I was extremely homesick that year and experiencing a lot of growing pains so often I would retreat …... READ MORE >>>
  • there is a time for everything

    there is a time for everything

    How we spend our time will determine how we live our lives. Like pixels that form a picture, motherhood is made up of a million little moments. These moments are both hard and happy, significant and mundane. Some moments are captured on film, other are treasured …... READ MORE >>>
  • changed. {happy 5th birthday Adeline & Maralee!}

    changed. {happy 5th birthday Adeline & Maralee!}

    “This is SO. MUCH. FUNNNNN!” my twins scream as the waves chase them to the shore. Back and forth they run, giggling as the water tickles their feet. Adeline’s braids are wet and Maralee’s hair curls even more around her face. Both of their eyes …... READ MORE >>>
  • chris10’s monthly must-have’s {with a deal & a giveaway!!}

    chris10’s monthly must-have’s {with a deal & a giveaway!!}

    My husband caught me a few weeks ago in my organizational-nerd mode. It felt SO good putting all of our craft stuff into storage containers for our playroom. But, there is still so much to do. Right now, I’m sitting in my office surrounded by …... READ MORE >>>
  • it only happens once a year! {giveaway day!!}

    it only happens once a year! {giveaway day!!}

    Y’all, I can’t believe that we are wrapping up our Living Well series. Have you enjoyed it? I hope you have learned that living well is a lifestyle that begins with baby-step choices. For me, living well begins each and every day. I hope that over …... READ MORE >>>
  • motivation for moms {family fun friday}

    motivation for moms {family fun friday}

    So, I’m a little obsessed over the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and if you are a fan of Family Fun Friday, you will be too! This bundle is full of incredible advice on all things homemaking: faith, food, crafts, homeschooling and so much more. The bundle …... READ MORE >>>
  • the purpose of life {living well}

    the purpose of life {living well}

    The blaring of the alarm begged me to get out of bed. But, I didn’t want to. The night before was still too fresh and I wanted nothing more than to stay under my covers and not start the day. I knew that once I …... READ MORE >>>
  • how to lose the baby weight

    Right after Ridley was born last February, my friend Heather set up a meal plan for our friends to bring us food when we got home from the hospital. Since Ridley was born early and we were packing to move into our new house, these …... READ MORE >>>
  • 10 ways to have a home you love

    10 ways to have a home you love

    Need a gift for Mother’s Day or end of the year teacher gift? We are selling these adorable Love My State and Pride of Place tea towels by Coast and Cotton in our Etsy shop. Supplies are limited. Head here to place your order today! …... READ MORE >>>
  • tips for living well {family fun friday}

    tips for living well {family fun friday}

    My friend Monica over at Happy and Blessed Home asked me to join her as a co-host for Family Fun Friday to share six inspiring words of encouragement from other bloggers each week. This week’s Family Fun Friday is about tips for living well. Hope you enjoy! …... READ MORE >>>
  • how to be happy with your body

    how to be happy with your body

    The air was thick and sticky from the rain that was expected to fall late morning but the crowds still came, dressed up in their superhero outfits ready to run. My crossfit buddy Sibel asked me to join her, and our other friends Sam and …... READ MORE >>>
  • new products for living well!

    new products for living well!

    Happy Friday friends! One of my goals with this Living Well blog series has been to provide you not only with content for living well, but also products that can help you live well too. I’m delighted to announce that we have opened our Etsy …... READ MORE >>>
  • ways to be mentally healthy {family fun friday}

    ways to be mentally healthy {family fun friday}

    My friend Monica over at Happy and Blessed Home asked me to join her as a co-host for Family Fun Friday to share six inspiring words of encouragement from other bloggers each week. This week’s Family Fun Friday is about tips to become mentally healthy. Hope you …... READ MORE >>>
  • the secret of success

    the secret of success

    I’m a Netflix documentary junkie. Have you ever watched a documentary on Netflix before? It’s mine and Raleigh’s favorite thing to do on Sunday mornings as we eat breakfast before going to church. Some of our favorites have been Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Muscle …... READ MORE >>>

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