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#realisthenewperfect Meet Up

June 19, 2017

When Bryan and I came to Nashville in January of this year, we connected with Kim and David Leggett of City Farmhouse Franklin. Their hearts. Their creative work. Their event venue and space speak to my soul. And I’m not alone. Their following reflects their authentic nature because they are the real deal! I’m thrilled to join them at their City Farmhouse Event Venue Tuesday, June 20th for a relaxing evening of connection, wine, nibbles and talking about all things authentic.…

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Why You are OK Even When You’re Not

June 12, 2017

Listen up, my friends. You who have experienced depression, situational depression or are moving into a season of growth and change. Today at the park, while my monkeys roamed God’s green earth, I sat on a blanket with a much needed Americano at my hip and read a life-changing passage from The Road Less Traveled, a book a CA soul sister and I are reading. It’s our virtual book club so to speak. The first time I experienced depression was…

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Fillable

June 2, 2017

I walked into the quaint corner church and found a spot at the end of a middle pew and joined around 200 other women gathered close for bible study. I can’t remember the last time I entered a new church where I don’t know a soul for a bible study I signed up for online. The summer series is on Eden, on the anticipation of the fullness of the one day Eden, when all will be as it should. Nancy…

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A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Reads & Inspirations

May 15, 2017

A stranger rang our doorbell and asked if I was selling the vintage doors propped along the street’s view of our Wonder Home. I smiled and looked at my hubby. See buddy? All those years you’ve teased me about collecting old windows, doors, clocks…? Thankyouverymuch. Before I knew it the guy was in our house, looking around, commenting on the bookcase and asking where I got our zinc side table. And then he starts picking up our collection of teal Ball jars,…

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Grace & Space

April 27, 2017

We’ve moved enough in our married life to know that following any big move or transition comes the reality of that newness no longer being, well, new. It’s a whole different ball game doing it with a kindergartener and 2nd grader. The entire 2nd grade put on a “wax museum” where each student dressed the part and verbally shared about their American role. Harriet Tubman and Amelia Earhart, George Washington and Thomas Edison were among the group. Parents and siblings…

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Welcome to the Wonder Home

April 19, 2017

Road tripping across the US is no joke. People warned us. But here’s what literally kept us sane while simultaneously enjoying one another in the car for way too many hours at a time: We downloaded the audible book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. And it was freakin’ magical. Something about listening to the story unfold while we drove through the deserts of Flagstaff, lunched at my friend Sarah’s in Albuquerque, and breathed in deep the emerald carpeted lands of Oklahoma. We…

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Dear California

April 3, 2017

Dear California, Leaving you is bittersweet. We heart you. Your beaches. Your culture. Your food. You see, the first half of our story began with you. We love the memories our family made here. We love that Azusa Pacific University is where Bryan and I met and fell in love (although I played hard-to-get for far too long). We love that as newlyweds we lived within walking distance of downtown Brea and spent entirely too much money eating out and buying…

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Love you forever

March 22, 2017

He taped the box shut and with purple sharpie wrote Ty Pogue’s above where I’d written bedroom. Inside books, drawings and nerf bullets were thrown half-hazard, as any little boy does, when feeding treasures to a cardboard mouth. He found Love You Forever and we cozied up like sardines on his bottom bunk and read aloud. As I read, I found my voice shaking. “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” The last pages…

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When Doubting is part of the Faith Process

March 18, 2017

How does it feel to have the news out there? This is the main question we’re getting after sharing about our mid life awakening and here’s our real time response: We feel scared and relieved. We feel sad and hopeful. You see, this news of moving to Nashville wasn’t one decided overnight, but after years of inklings and listening and refusing to ignore a tug. And then last week, Bry and I had our first what the heck are we doing? day.…

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Trust Fund

March 10, 2017

Let’s just pretend we’re speed dating and share bullet points over these fish tacos, I told my aunt. Ready. Go. Tell me EVERYTHING. She shared about her new home and the freedom she feels being in a rural space with her daughter, Annie. I’m good, she smiled. I’m good. You, she leaned forward. There’s a lot going on. Go. Bullet point lunches may be the new ticket item to efficiency and depth. So out it poured. We’re having a mid-life awakening. For the last few years, Bry and…

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