Thursday, October 30, 2014

HATCHED


"Hatched is an online lifestyle boutique that offers fashionable, modern clothing for babies and kids. Some History: The story began when a love of fashion met a love of motherhood. From her years at Anthropologie, Jen was inspired by quality merchandise and artful design. Life changed when she and husband Dave welcomed their baby girl into the world. Like most parents, they quickly became overwhelmed by the endless search for trusted products with a creative style. They were eager to find a retailer that met their lifestyle standards but was convenient enough to shop online. The plan was hatched."






Tuesday, October 28, 2014

STORIES


This week I'm in Jackson Hole, WY. Missing my family back in Texas. But today, I got a glimpse of them in the majestic beauty that surrounds me here. Reminders of them and their love is all around me.

The sun gleaming over the horizon. It moves me in such a big way. The same way an ocean reaches out and touches my soul, these gorgeous mountains takes my breath away. The same way a good cry can feel so good or in a moment when you decide to just let it all go and the freedom floods you. 

I keep feeling it over and over again, your story. Your story is all you need. That goes for anyone. There is purpose and redemption in our stories and in our lives. 

I have walked roads that I didn't want to walk.  Roads I thought I never would. But it makes it better when you know that your story might move someone. Parts of life have truly broken me. They busted me right in half and when I stood up and began letting the pieces come back together I was able to see that it's better to be on the other side of pain. Because if you let it, it makes a better you.

I have shared with you my experience with divorce, an ex leaving me with a negative bank account, no savings and how God made himself real to me when He provided what the kids and I needed to the dollar. I get the honor of sharing how He met me at my darkest pain, with the loss of my mother, my grandmother, difficulties during my adolescence, developing skin cancer, and how He covered me in those moments. I get to share about 4 amazing, healthy babies/children and 2 babies that went to Heaven early. How compassion and tenderness comes from walking through loss. How He led us through big leaps like moving across town, away from friends and family, starting a photography business, a custom table business, and through nearly every living decision we make. How He comforted me and convinced me that not all marriages are doom and gloom. I get to share how Real our God is, and how real He makes Himself known to me. How three different times in the last 6 months different women in my life have given me a message... all saying God put it on their hearts to share with me. I get to share how God has humbled me and changed me, and continues to work in me.

I get to share my life.

And when we know our purpose and start running full speed towards it, it changes everything. It gives you a confidence that can't be shaken. The God I know is big and real and powerful and I believe He can take little me with my small story and He can make Himself known in a mighty way.

We have a responsibility to use the gifts we have been given. I believe that as we use them and put them on display for His glory, it's a beautiful picture of us returning them to Him. 


My life isn't mine to begin with, so I will gladly share it. 





Friday, October 24, 2014


Know this, God loves you. He wants you, He adores you and I promise you He is faithful. 

"Jesus wants you to know that when you are broken, shivering, alone or afraid, with nothing left and nowhere to go, then you can turn in His direction and lay yourself at the foot of His love. Lay your broken offering on His alter. He will come and carry you into His presence. He will hold you with the warmth of His embrace and cover you with the blanket of His kingdom inheritance. God wants you to know that when everything else is gone, that makes more room for Him, and everytime there is more room for Him, you are blessed." - A Beautiful Offering




Thursday, October 23, 2014

LAST TIMES


Someone recently shared this writing with me for parents about how there is always a last time and it made my heart just ache. Like really ache. I mean, I sooo love watching them grow and soar and change but the reality of the last times really is hard in some ways. In reading the list I realized how many had already passed. Like there was a moment I had Reef on my hip, I set him down and without even realizing it, it had been the very last time I would ever hold him that way. The big moments are easier to recognize as they pass but some of those little moments are sneaky, they slowly slip away and it isn't until time has passed that you realize that they are gone forever.

Of course you gain new moments that are worth everything, but those sweet little moments with tiny hands and eager hearts are slipping. And it makes me ache sometimes when I face it.

Sometimes I feel like I can't hold them tight enough or long enough....even when I feel like I am soaking in every last drop of their smallness, sometimes it feels like that isn't enough.

I am okay with the ache though. I love them so much and know that the world needs people like them in it. Watching them grow into those people will be life's greatest blessing to me.





Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RETREAT


Sometimes in life, I have found that one needs to honor the need to retreat and take a break. The past two months have been this with blogging for me. Life has been full and I needed to cut somewhere, so technology was it. I love staying connected and giving readers a little heads up on what we have been up to. I am back now and am hoping to stay connected. Please stop and comment below; let me know you're still here! XOXO





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