Giving Thanks

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ…

My Reflections on 2016 and Word of the Year

Things have been quiet for me over the last little bit, partially because we have been busy, and partially because my heart has felt jumbled as late. There has been so much going on inside this little old soul of mine, that it’s been hard to know what to say or how to share. However,…

She Has A Name Film Trailer and Premiere

Good Morning sweet friends. I hope this little note finds you well. I wanted to pop in to share the full trailer for an upcoming film that is very near and dear to my heart, She Has a Name.  I often reflect on this journey God has had Matt and I on since we first started…

My Husband Made a Film

Good morning sweet friends! I hope you are soaking up sunshine and enjoying a fresh coffee or tea. My hubby and I spent some time away in the mountains for a little retreat to celebrate my birthday, it was the perfect gift. I wanted to pop by today to share a trailer from Matt’s upcoming…

The Story of Home

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” -Maya Angelou By the time I was 18 I had moved over 25 times.  After many years of moving around, I found that my heart was unsettled, longing for a place to…

The Summer of Motherhood

Summer is such an interesting season. I love it for the sunny days, warm weather, and the beautiful color, life and fresh air that accompany it. Yet I find we are in such a strange rhythm. It’s hard not to feel as though I have to make the most of every moment before our “freedom”…

In the Shadow of His Wing

The last few hours, days, weeks- my heart is heavy. There is so much turmoil and as my sister put it “the world seems so unstable.” Dallas, Nice, Sudan, a little girl and her mother in our own backyard. A myriad of tragedies that I don’t even know about. The world is a broken place.…

Beauty in the Unseen

Do you ever feel weary? Soul weary… I think we have all been there at one time or another, and today I just wanted to encourage you that there is rest for the weary. Lightness for your burdens. A deep breath for the soul when it is gasping for air. In what can sometimes become…

The Beauty Seekers

“This is a call to all the dead and disappointed The ones who feel like they are done This is a word to all the ones who feel forgotten But you are not” -All Sons and Daughters, “Alive” Over the last decade I have felt a nudging from the Holy Spirit to be a beauty…

When the Heart Gets Tired

The last few weeks I have realized that I have been a bit of a shell. Do you ever just feel tired? Not physically tired, but heart tired? Spending 6 weeks alone with my kiddos amidst a time when there was loss in our family, and a huge struggle for my hubby overseas to get…

Finding Creativity

I have begun to realize now more than ever, that creativity is essential to the filling of my cup. In order to give to my kids, friends, hubby, and those I am in community with- I need to pursue the act of imagining. For me that takes many forms- but writing, painting, building, dancing and…

Perspective

” I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence. If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.  If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will…

Changing Seasons

Recently we did a tripod self timer photo session with all of Matt’s Family. 2 of his brothers {and their wives} live on opposite sides of the country, so this was a rare moment of having all of us together. You really only need one good photo, and thankfully we more or less got it 🙂…

10 Years

This Evening I sat upon the couch, editing photos of our living room, reflecting on the day, and the warm summer evening. I spent a good part of the day fretting about and monitoring our middle son. After a collision playing freeze tag at the park he incurred a concussion. In the end we ended…

Howdy!

Hi friends! I just wanted to pop in after a bit of a quiet week here on the blog. My baby sister got married!! Yeehaw! We made the trip to Dallas, and it was absolutely beautiful! I can’t wait to share all of their photos with you all some day… but in the mean time…

Beauty, Joy and Poop Stories

Do you ever feel kind of burnt out as a mom? That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. It isn’t so much mothering itself, I find its often all the other stuff that can make some days as a mom feel really hard. We have been extra busy lately- as in a husband working late and long,…

The Hard of Grief

Sometimes I want to be angry. I want to scream, and stomp my feet, and shake my fists, and throw myself on the bed in a heap of tears. Why does life have to be filled with so many hard things. Why must we be broken. I was writing on the weekend, reflecting on some…

Theft, Calling, and the Value of Life

” The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 On Thursday morning I received a text from my hubby that our studio The Space had been broken into. As he began to asses the physical damage, time would…

Deep Wells of the Soul

It’s Friday ya’ll! I don’t know why, but that statement comes to my mind nearly every Friday. 🙂 This week has been a bit challenging. Lots of emotions, some health issues, and boys that seem determined to injure one another. It brings stress to my mama heart to have one boy crying at the hand…

Be {loved}

  “and provide for those who grieve— to bestow on them a crown of beauty     instead of ashes, the oil of joy     instead of mourning, and a garment of praise     instead of a spirit of despair” ~from Isaiah 61:3 Lately our sweet girl has not been sleeping well… you know those nights when you are…

2015

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that it is 2015! At least I am finding it hard to believe. In type and in print “2015” looks like some sort of fictitious futuristic number. We have had a really great break the last 2 weeks. We put away the school books, and took about 4…

Christmas time is here…

I really enjoy Christmas time. I am one to put up lights, make wreaths, bake and decorate. Festivities, parties, traditions. It is important to celebrate family and love and twinkly lights. However, the last few weeks  I find myself being reminded of what Christmas is about. I mean reeeeeaaaaalllly about. Often times we say “Christmas…