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Spray Roses

“If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.” -Andy Rooney I’m on another avocado kick. Did you know they’re actually considered a fruit? Yep. Apparently they’re a (single-seeded) BERRY. #whaaaaaaa? #ThingsIDidn’tKnowUntilIWas40 I went through an avocado phase at one point last year too. Seems like I moved on to Honey Crisp apples after that. Or […]

The Best Yes

Lysa TerKeurst | The Best Yes | Dayspring

“We have to slow the rhythm of rush in our lives so the best of who we are can emerge.” -Lysa TerKeurst I’m reading The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst right now. Kevin found it at Lifeway and surprised me with it for Christmas. (Dayspring) It’s about making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands, […]

Oh Hi, Cottage!

Ojai Living Room | The Polished Pebble | Cottage Style

It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost 4 years since I first blogged about Kelley’s Ojai cottage. At the time and her husband had just purchased the place, and they were just starting to fix it up. Here’s a look back at the “before” photo of the exterior… …and here’s how it looks today. […]

Mismatched Nesting Tables

Side Table | The Lettered Cottage

“I felt like I was an arrow, pulled back and ready to be launched into something big.” ―A.B. Shepherd Kevin and I had to update our medical exams yesterday. It’s been 18 months since we first had them done as a part of our (adoption) home study, and our first set is to expire in […]

Hope Heals Home Tour

Easter Brunch | Hope Heals Blog

“Reminders of beauty and hope and healing should be woven throughout the fabric of our lives, especially in our homes.” Katherine Wolf I’m so glad so many of you enjoyed e-meeting Katherine here last week! If you have a chance to attend one of her and Jay’s Hope Heals events in person, you *must* go. You will be […]

Hope Heals

Hope Heals Tokens

“I want to communicate to you that I don’t hang out at that place of fear…of questioning what *might* happen. I think there’s something profound about hope. I think there’s something so meaningful when you cling to something beyond what you know and understand. And when that’s in there, deep in your head and in […]

2015 Word Of The Year


“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust We get new eyes on Thursday! If we want them, I mean. 2015 eyes- wow! A brand new year full discoveries just waiting to be made. Guess it’s time for a new Word of the Year! […]

Merry Christmas 2014

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“For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us! His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.” Isaiah 9:6 (MSG) Well, Christmas is almost here (can you believe it!?), so I wanted to wish you a very one before the festivities really start to ramp up! […]

I’m Dreaming Of A White Fireplace

Country Living | Stone Fireplace | Arizona Home

See that dirt under your fingernails? My friend, that is beautiful. That is remarkable. That is significant. You could have let go. But you didn’t. You could have given up. But you didn’t. You hung on. And hung on. And here’s what I believe: I believe 2014 was not your worst year, but possibly your […]

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

Ina Garten Apple Crisp Recipe

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ―Marcel Proust Times like these, I wish you were here. I’m making a pan full of apple crisp! Peeling and chopping… Zesting and squeezing… Cinnamon and nutmeg, mmmmm! Times like these, I wish you […]