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Some Places I’ve Been Hiding Lately

Some Places I’ve Been Hiding Lately

The following may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, you’re supporting me and my writing without spending anything extra. Thank you! I’ve had some exciting opportunities lately to share my work and my voice and I realized I don’t think I have shared them with you! The most exciting thing that happened lately was that I got published in a magazine for the first time ever! iola is a magazine that’s…

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Book Review: Talking Back to Purity Culture

Book Review: Talking Back to Purity Culture

The following may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, you’re supporting me and my writing without spending anything extra. Thank you! This will be much different than any other post you’ve read here, considering it’s not something about which I typically write. But, I was a part of the book launch team for this book, and reading it opened my eyes to many things I hadn’t thought about before. It’s always…

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Book Review: Standing Strong

Book Review: Standing Strong

The following may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, you’re supporting me and my writing without spending anything extra. Thank you! Can I tell you about another wonderful book for which I’ve gotten to be on the launch team? God works in mysterious ways, and I wholeheartedly believe he planned for me to get to read this book before I even decided I was going to. This is my first non-hope*writer…

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A Legacy of Love

A Legacy of Love

I’d like to tell you a story, bittersweet as it may be. Once, there was a young couple who was very much in love. She fell for his eyes, ornery and full of life as they were; he fell for her spirit, and they kept each other grounded. They married one August day and started their adventure with miles of travel across the states, but settled down near where they had both been born and raised.Five little girls later, their…

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Change

Change

I am the sort of person who would rather stay in the background than step out and be seen. To be seen is to be vulnerable, but in the background, I can blend in. No one would question my thoughts, my actions; there is no judgment because if you’re not thought of, if you’re not seen, how would anyone know you’re there to be judged? I know biblically, we aren’t to judge people. But that doesn’t stop us from doing…

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Summer Health Update 2020

Summer Health Update 2020

It’s fitting that as I write this update, I am currently at the beach. It is my summer update, after all. Now, don’t look at me like I am crazy and ask, “But what about the pandemic?!” My family and I are in our own beach house on a semi-private beach, so I’ve been around fewer people this past week than I would have been at home. It’s been a much needed week of rest and family time. That said,…

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Book Review: The Peacemaker: Growing as an Enneagram 9 (60-Day Enneagram Devotional)

Book Review: The Peacemaker: Growing as an Enneagram 9 (60-Day Enneagram Devotional)

The following may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, you’re supporting me and my writing without spending anything extra. Thank you! Book reviews are interesting because it’s like, “Here, I read this book and I liked it because of something and think you’d like it because of something so go read it because I say so.” I’m not usually a bossy person. But I have three books I’m on a launch…

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Community

Community

Hello my lovely friends! I haven’t updated here with many of my Instagram writings the past couple of days because things got hectic, but I wanted to share that tomorrow, my fantastic writing community, hope*writers, is going to have a FREE webinar! They planned the last day of their Instagram challenge perfectly to bridge over to the webinar because the final prompt was Community. Community takes various forms as we go through life. Sometimes friends become your tribe. Church is…

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Crafting Our Art

Crafting Our Art

To get back into writing, I’ve joined two of my favorite writing groups in creative prompts! Indelible Ink Writers has prompts going out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the month of September to Awaken Your Art. To prepare for hope*writers opening to new members starting on the 14th of September, they have a seven day challenge to Write Better Together. Since most of the posting is actually on Instagram, I decided to let those of you who visit me…

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The Aroma of Collaboration

The Aroma of Collaboration

How’s that for a title? Truth is, to get back into writing I’ve joined two of my favorite writing groups in creative prompts! Indelible Ink Writers has prompts going out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the month of September to Awaken Your Art. To prepare for hope*writers opening to new members starting on the 14th of September, they have a seven day challenge to Write Better Together. Since most of the posting is actually on Instagram, I decided to…

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What I Learned Summer 2020

What I Learned Summer 2020

The following may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, you’re supporting me and my writing without spending anything extra. Thank you! I feel like I’ve been stuck in this weird universe where weeks fly by, but days go slowly. In particular, this season was more bizarre than even spring was with its pandemics and new schedules. Perhaps I’ve gotten too used to not having anything to do quickly or seeing tomorrow…

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The Story of the Study

The Story of the Study

Remember my story about flooding the basement and the mess it made, but also the realization I came to while cleaning and thinking about it later? Well, as we cleaned after the floor dried (I don’t even want to tell you how gross that floor was, y’all. It took a lot of cleaning!) and decided what to get rid of or store better (and off the floor, preferably), Andrew mentioned how much cooler it was downstairs than in the rest…

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Love in the Messes

Love in the Messes

If you’ve wondered what I’ve been up to lately, I hope you’ll enjoy these pieces I’ve put together about some of our projects lately. This is what started a lot of changes around our house… I wandered down the stairs to open the washing machine door after it should have been finished running its self-cleaning cycle. It had begun smelling the way washers sometimes do, so I cleaned the filter and set it to self-clean. I didn’t want to leave…

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Spring Health Update 2020

Spring Health Update 2020

Here I sit in my air-conditioned office, hiding from the heat of summer blazing outside these freshly painted walls. It almost seems silly to call this a “spring” update when it’s been summertime for what feels like ages. At the same time, I don’t know how it became June already, let alone July. I’m finally used to writing “June” in my journal, and now it will change again, leaving ink marks where I unthinkingly write the wrong month. But, the…

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What I Learned Spring 2020

What I Learned Spring 2020

The last time I wrote one of these updates, the world was a completely different place. Now, I find myself trying to even remember writing those words, feeling those feelings, and realizing the new things I learned then. I just went back to look at what I wrote about all those years ago that was actually only three months ago, and I WROTE ABOUT FACE MASKS, Y’ALL. I. Wrote. About. Masks. BEFORE. It. Was. Cool. and I can’t get over…

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Petunias and Pruning

Petunias and Pruning

He brought home a hanging planter with light pink petunias at my brother’s urging. He was going to get me some cut flowers, but Jacob reminded him I’d appreciate a new plant more; they last longer. He hung them on a hook around the edge of the porch, but I had him take them down soon after because we were to have high winds. Then it got unseasonably cold and I didn’t want them to freeze, so I brought them…

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Book Review: This Too Shall Last

Book Review: This Too Shall Last

The following may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and make a purchase, you’re supporting me and my writing without spending anything extra. Thank you! As one living with chronic illnesses and undiagnosed diseases, I’ve often struggled with how I feel and how I feel that I should feel. There seems to be an unspoken rule that if we say we are Christians, the answer to “How are you?” should always be positive. When I…

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My Brain Feels Like…

My Brain Feels Like…

I’m currently writing about poems I’ve been writing during this time, a series of prompts called “Pieces in the Pause” by Indelible Ink Writers. To see more, see this post. April 17th was supposed to be my little sister’s first formal, but (surprise, surprise) it was at postponed until June. The next day, we were to go to a For King & Country concert with our church family, but that too was cancelled. In light of all the cancellations and disappointments,…

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I Feel It In My Bones

I Feel It In My Bones

I’m currently writing about poems I’ve been writing during this time, a series of prompts called “Pieces in the Pause” by Indelible Ink Writers. To see more, see this post. This one has a different feel to it than others I have written lately. It’s one with as many meanings behind it as one can imagine, and that’s the beauty of poetry. It can mean one thing to me, and something completely different to every person who reads it. The more…

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My Prayer Through This Pause

My Prayer Through This Pause

I’m currently writing about poems I’ve been writing during this time, a series of prompts called “Pieces in the Pause” by Indelible Ink Writers. To see more, see this post. Do you feel it too? The way the days all run together like a train that’s looked on from afar. You know there are spaces between it, but it’s hard to see, similar to how a lot of us feel right now. Easter came and went without much ado. It was…

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