Grace…In Real Life

IMG_2709

I haven't exercised in weeks. No scrapbooks are current.  None. Ok…I'll be real.  Levi, the youngest, doesn't even have one. My fall flag is flapping in the wind out back.  Complete with harvest cornucopia and all. So when you see my photos, you must know that they are my silver lining.  They are packages of precious joy that I've unwrapped carefully and with great anticipation.  That there have been moments of meltdown.  That I've had to offer I'm sorries to everyone who lives with … [Continue reading...]

HOPE transforms

IMG_2695

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.  Psalm 33:18 Gearing up for a new year is like iron man suiting up for the next mission.  We know we'll be hit, knocked down, and fully engaged in combat…though probably with the calendar.  With schedules.  Torn apart by bad choices.  We'll be beat up by a host of self-criticisms.  Inevitable is the scenario of treading hard and fast for oxygen's sake.  We'll undoubtedly forget something … [Continue reading...]

When Christmas Comes to Town

IMG_2675

It’s our theme song this year. Sang it loud to the firemen and even louder in their carseats. And then as a quartet at Papa and Gigi’s. And by the light of the Christmas tree. Where we all sat piled together, hot cocoa and cupcakes within arms length, to watch our very favorite, The Polar [...]

[Continue reading...]

The REAL prize of motherhood

IMG_0596

I’ll just pretend it hasn’t been a million weeks since I’ve written.  Because, all of you are friends.  And, everyone knows good friends can always just pick up where they left off?  I recommence.   I drove to a stop in my driveway last week and noticed something blue plastered to the front of my [...]

[Continue reading...]

A Rest In The Hills

IMG_1656

A month of a blog sabbatical, I have a heart full of life.  One month looks like years in pictures.  The pictures, they’re the blood that runs through me.  So, even when I break from words on a screen, the pictures they tell me the stories.  The, “Oh yes! we DID see a millipede.” And, [...]

[Continue reading...]

The Sweetest Harvest, day 14 – Remember the Calling and Live It Up!

IMG_7579

When you feel the kicking from deep within and you can’t see your toes, you’ve been called. When you wake up every hour to visit the smallest room of your house and you put feet to floor slow and easy to avoid a sickening mess, you’ve been called.   When the reality hits and the [...]

[Continue reading...]

The Sweetest Harvest, day 13 – Failing Well

IMG_9670

The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.  Isaiah 58:11 As parents, it isn’t whether or not we fail.  But how. I could write all day long about my [...]

[Continue reading...]

The Sweetest Harvest, day 12 – Love Who You Live With

IMG_7141

I grew up 5o something miles west of this little house with imperfect parents who didn’t stay together.  I’ve never doubted their love for me nor the Savior who keeps on giving new life when we think it can’t get any darker.  I gained stepparents who loved me as their own and continue to lavish [...]

[Continue reading...]

The Sweetest Harvest, day 11 – Love Where You Live

IMG_0568

I once collected home decorating magazines like a crazy woman.  You know the pack of gum you see and want and decide that you need and toss it in with the milk?  That was me and Southern Living.   The hard-pressed 12 month old ones at the bottom?  Yeah, they’d never again see the light of day. [...]

[Continue reading...]

The Sweetest Harvest, day 10 – Training Ground for Trust

IMG_3714

Today, I held my fretful 2 year old baby in that kitchen where flour and coconut and bananas and honey were coming together for afternoon and tomorrow morning muffins.  100 miles away, but the faintest cough from the first bedroom jolted me, and the mama bear rescue instinct was in full motion. His breathing, so [...]

[Continue reading...]