When Our Plans Fall Apart

I met the beautiful Jennifer Kindle of The Kindle Crew at Allume this year, and I don't know that I have ever met someone that I have SO MUCH in common with! I wish I could move her and her family from Texas to Atlanta so we could hang out all the time. She has four gorgeous kids and her heart and passion toward motherhood are such an inspiration to me. I asked her to share her thoughts today on how she is living where intention meets grace this Christmas season. Her words truly blessed me and I … [Read more...]

Why do you do that?

I had the privilege of sitting next to the beautiful Katie Sadler at the Allume "Newbies" Dinner and let me tell you, she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is out. She speaks my language of intention as she writes about intentionally pursuing God in all areas of her life on her blog Intentional Pursuit.  I have asked her to share with us today her thoughts on living with intention and grace this Christmas season, and here are her words of wisdom. As the sounds of Christmas music and … [Read more...]

Finding Relief from Christmas Pressure

Since my 31 Days Series has extended into December, I wanted to take the idea of living where intention meets grace and apply it to Christmas season, because that seems to be a time when so many of us begin to feel overwhelmed by the idea that we need to do more and  be better. Last week, I shared my own thoughts on embracing the imperfect at Christmas, and so now I thought it would be helpful to hear some thoughts from others who are doing the same. Today I would like to introduce you to … [Read more...]

Sow. Weed. Water. Wait.

As mother’s, we have a tremendous responsibility before us in raising our children. When they are babies, it seems so simple. Hold them, feed them, change them, love them. As they get older, we have to start teaching them right from wrong. Figure out what behaviors we will allow and which ones we won’t allow, and choose how we are going to discipline them for the latter. We start to think about what and how much media we are going to let them be exposed to, and worry about the values we may be … [Read more...]

What Inspires Me As a Homemaker

I find inspiration for my home in the very words of Jesus, when He said..."Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."   Matthew 11:28I have this scripture taped to the kitchen window over my sink, so I will be reminded daily of my mission as a homemaker. I long for my home to be a place of rest. A place of peace. A place where my children and my husband, my family and my friends will feel nurtured. ...continue reading at The Andrews … [Read more...]

The Hope That Is Ours

I awake in the middle of the night sandwiched between my toddler and my preschooler sleeping peacefully. As I listen to their steady breathing and snuggle in the warmth of their little bodies, my heart bursts with gratitude to the Father for blessing me with these two precious little ones.In an instant, that gratitude is replaced with the all too familiar feeling of panic. What if something were to happen to one of them? How would I ever survive? My throat burns and tears sting my eyes. My heart … [Read more...]

My Jar of Holiday Cheer

This year, I wanted to create a jar of "holiday cheer" to make sure that I take a little time out each day of this busy holiday season to do something fun with the boys. I wrote out 25 little activities on slips of paper and then put them in a jar. I put the jar on my kitchen table and each morning after breakfast, Buddy will pull out one or two activities out for us to do that day. Today we made sock puppets and put on a Christmas "Carol-oke" performance. It was a lot of fun! To see … [Read more...]