Welcome! It’s wonderful to have you join me at my new site!
After a year off from writing, my fingers are itching and my heart is bursting. This new site is under my name, to make it easier to find and also because I want it to be a place I can be *myself.* I don’t want to have to focus on just one topic–even though that’s the “recommended approach” to blogging–because as a person, I’m about more than one topic! I want to share what’s on my heart, whether that’s an encouragement for you as a mom, a lesson I’ve learned in my study of the Bible or prayer, a struggle or celebration I’m having with one of my precious kiddos, or the tale of (or recipe for!) something terrible–or fabulous!– I’ve whipped up in the kitchen (I won’t share the terrible recipes, I promise!)
The truth is, you can’t learn everything you need to know from a blog.
And that, my friends, is the understatement of the century.
You know why? Because that awesome, wonderful writer you admire so much? Not only is she imperfect, she’s not YOU. She’s not parenting your kids, she’s most likely not living in your town or attending your church, and she’s not married to your husband (more on these topics in a future post!) All I can do is share my heart and story because at the end of the day, that’s all I really *own.*
It’s an honor to share a few pieces of all of that with you!
Another truth that’s incredibly important for you to know … It’s a beautiful life. Even when it’s messy and laundry piles to the ceiling and voices are raised and it’s cereal for dinner. Maybe especially then. But only if you make a choice: to make the beauty when you can’t see it. Sometimes you have to ignore the laundry to pull the child onto your lap and read a story. Sometimes you need to invite the neighbor over, sweep the piles off the coffee table, light a candle, and make a pot of tea. Because the beauty? It’s inside you, and it all comes from the Father of Lights, and if you don’t dig for it some days, the piles can cover up your soul and the souls of everyone around you.
Let’s fight that together, shall we?
And so here’s another thing: I’d really, truly be tickled right down to the bottom of my heart if you’d join me. That means first, *please* leave comments! I want to hear from you, and the way comment systems are set up now means you can even talk to each other down there (go ahead and try it!) Second, I’d love it if you’d sign up for email updates in that little box on the right. That way, you’ll get a quick notice whenever I write something new, and sometimes special notes just for subscribers. And finally, join me on facebook, twitter and/or instagram with those little buttons on the right, too!
It’s Thanksgiving week as I write this, and my sweet kiddos are just so excited to be in for a week of cooking and baking and preparing for several special guests. Tomorrow I’m sharing ALL of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes in one post, so get ready!