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some kind of awesome

This weekend was the first of our 2014 Created for Care retreats and oh. my. heavens. How does it just keep getting better? Friday will be my full recap, but I just wanted to pop in, say hi, and tell you that if you haven’t spent four days with 500 crazy adoptive mamas then you are missing some of the sweetest and most hilarious moments of life. From laughing hysterically, belting out 80′s love songs at the top of your lungs … to sitting in a room around a box of tissues with tears pouring as women open up about the hurts, struggles, and victories it is amazing and precious.


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  • jenn cooper - That photo IS THE BOMB! Can’t wait to see you in a few more weeks so we can do it all again!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hamlin - Thank you for your candid session. You are such a sweet sister. I’m praying for you and your family/ministries as you “Seek First the Kingdom.” I am blessed and still digesting all that C4C was, besides CRAZY FUN!ReplyCancel

  • Belle - what a beautiful thing!!!ReplyCancel

new blog, new home, new decade

I did it – I took a long extended break from this blog and it was awesome. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for our family as we navigated some trying weeks, and huge transition, and loads of change.

One week before Christmas my husband was offered a new job, and not just any new job, but his dream job. We were given three weeks to pack up our lives and move. Three weeks to say goodbye to friends and family, leave our church and ministry, find a new home, and prepare all our earthly belongings to be packed and loaded. Of course throwing Christmas, New Year’s, and both our birthdays (my 30th) in those three weeks (yes, all four of those events fell in those three weeks) just made it that much crazier. But, with lots of help and a lot of grace we did it.

(the view from the back deck of our new home)

We’ve been in our new home just under a month now. John has been in his new job for three weeks and still feels like he needs to pinch himself when he gets home from work. The kids and I are making new friends. I am nesting again and life is good. Busy, but good. Here’s a great recap in pictures of my husband’s first Sunday on the job!

(sending Daddy off for a special day at work)

Navigating the new blog: I’ve reformatted things to better display what I hope this place is all about … inspiration and encouragement for other women. If you hover over the “blog” tab in the menu you will find my new blog labels. Under “For the Heart” you will find posts about infertility, miscarriage, friendship, ect. Under “For the Soul” you will find more devotional type posts and spiritual thoughts/lessons. “For the Family” is where you can find my adoption related posts as well as posts about marriage, and occasional posts about my children. “For the Home” will hold posts that are all things decorating and home making. And you’ll find occasional recipes and other yummy posts under “For the Table.” And what do you think of the look? I’m in love – it feels very “me!”

Another new thing: the shop! I wanted to share some of the things that encourage and inspire our family with you. The products in the shop are special to us and therefore unique. As the weeks progress I’ll be adding more new items.  I hope you’ll check it out and maybe find something you enjoy!

Oh, and we’ve had lots of fun snow days…

What about you? How have you been? I’ve missed you!

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  • Jeanne - Welcome back! What a gorgeous view from your new home! And from the pictures looks like you have a gorgeous new home too! LOVE A’s boots ;) ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa - So good to have you back! That’s so awesome that John got his dream job and you guys are settling into your new house. :) ReplyCancel

  • Sue - So glad you’re back. I’ve read your blog for a few months, and it has been such a blessing. What a beautiful part of this country you have now to call home:)ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - Love the view…Happy to hear he has is dream job. Glad you are back. Love reading your blog. can’t wait to hear more.ReplyCancel

  • Alice Cote - So enjoy your new blog and new pictures. Glad things are settling in for all of you and I look forward to reading more…God Bless you and your family, love from all of the cousins in the Carolinas. take care and keep warmReplyCancel

  • Rachael Andrews - I just got back from a couple months too. So glad to have your blog to read again!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Hi friend! Miss you here but excited to see the new things 2014 holds for you and John and the kids. <3ReplyCancel

  • Megan - I love the new look! Very pretty and organized. Happy to see you back :) ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - Welcome back! Your presence has been missed! I’ve been taking a lengthy break too but for no better reason that a sick family. Since Christmas we just can’t seem to get a break from it. I’m dying to hear about your hubby’s job, but I’m not sure how much you’ll share here (which is fair, I am very guarded in that area as well). Looking forward to hearing more from you soon and please….more pics of the kids =)


  • Sarah - I’m thrilled that you’re back! I love your blog and have missed your writing voice and insights. The new look is gorgeous. Congratulations on navigating all of the changes in the last few months! I’m so happy that your waiting season has ended and produced a wonderful harvest.ReplyCancel