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Jon & Molly’s Wedding

  Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale. Unknown Author   Wedding party photos were made before the wedding. Then we watched from a distance as the bride and groom see each other for the first time. Time for the ceremony arrives and we make…

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Jon & Molly’s Wedding Rehearsal

The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. Frank Lloyd Wright A special bouquet for the wedding rehearsal made by Molly’s cousin and Maid of Honor, Paige. (She’s in the background taking a photo.) Lorelei, Molly’s little sister, presents the ribbon bouquet as Pepaw, Molly’s grandad, and Maddie enjoy the moment. Before the rehearsal…

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A Reminder for When You Feel Overwhelmed

I am overwhelmed. The clock says 10:00 am but the day’s frustrations and disappointments are already piled as high as the clean laundry on the sofa. I want to run away. So I d0. The Blue Chair The corner of the bedroom is a sanctuary of sorts for me. Our room is small and the…

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You’re Changing Someone’s Life–Achieve Greatness

History books are full of the stories of famous people–heroes, inventors, powerful leaders, and world changers. What makes someone famous? How does one achieve greatness? The answer might surprise you. I’m Not All That (but I’d like to be) When my friend, Terry, read last week’s post, she replied to me via email and said,…

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When Being a Stay at Home Mom Doesn’t Seem Like Enough

There are times as a stay at home mom when I think: “What I’m doing isn’t enough”. Mothering and homemaking is hard work that can be all-consuming and very gratifying; but a quick scroll on social media or a stroll through the mall can leave our soul wondering. For many years, I was in full-time…

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On Becoming “The Old Mrs. Averette”

She’s been called a monster and movies have been made about her. You know one, you may have one, and chances are (if you’re a woman) you’ll be one some day–the mother-in-law. In just 55 short days I’ll add this title to my list. I’m sharing my thoughts on the subject over at More to…

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How to Survive Criticism and Praise Like a Champion

We sing songs of praise, my family and me on that bright Sunday morning. The sanctuary feels like home. I am happy to be here, surrounded by my children who stand a head taller than me, and growing in a faith they’ve made their own. Then comes the sucker punch. I catch of glimpse of…

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My 3 Secrets to Thrifted-Clothing Happiness

So I mentioned earlier this week that Saturday involved some thrift therapy. I’m blessed to have several large thrift stores within a half-hour of my house and I visit them fairly often. As any seasoned thrifter knows, sometimes you walk out empty handed—and that’s okay. I am not the “buy it because its cheap” type….

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