unwrapping everyday graces;

while cultivating a rhythm of joyful praise.

 JOURNAL POSTS

glory-chasing | january

My goal for 2017 is to record each months blessings that I have caught my attention; while also looking for ones I may not have otherwise seen, if I wasn’t looking for them in the first place. My desire it to train my eyes to seek out God’s glory in the everyday, while I spend my year glory-chasing. I want these monthly posts to give praise to Jesus alone for each blessing, or lesson I have learned.

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glory-chasing; praise lifting

While 2016 went out with a big bag, I felt it was a difficult yet well blessed year. My one word for the year was “Faith” and the Lord used it in very big ways. Bigger than I ever anticipated or dreamed. This “crazy faith” stuff is kind of an addicting thriller ride for life, and it has left me wanting more. As the last chapter of 2016 was being penned – I was certain what my word for 2017 would be. God proved Himself over and over again, by His faithfulness to our family, and this one little word kept creeping into my heart…

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reclaimed peanut brittle & a recipe

Over the years I occasionally through trial and era have tossed out several pounds of my brittle failure. I even chewed and chewed, and swallowed because I couldn’t stand seeing it tossed out. Well, this year once again – I made my favorite Christmas delight like I do each year. Mind you, I haven’t had a failed attempt for a couple years now, this recipe is AMAZING and super easy. It really will give any non cook kitchen credibility that will make them soar! Serious business people. But this was THE year for a failure to happen.

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she needed a family, but WE really needed her!

We went into this adoption knowing there were possible signs of scary health issues, and many unknowns. A minimal medical file, and very little information. We didn’t have much to go on. No one could have anticipated the valley’s we’d have to go through, or the mountains we’d conquer

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for real, for always

This hard core, down right deep love, reminds me of God’s continual, unconditional love for us. Its honestly how I’ve been getting through some of these days of rejection. Humbling to think such a thought. How God’s love is JUST LIKE THIS. He doesn’t give up on us. Just keeps showing us and teaching us.

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our new daughter

After 36 hours of travel we arrived home July 9th after adopting our new daughter from Chin@.

Our lives will be forever changed in more ways than one. This trip was nothing like our first adoption trip. Not even close.

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end of day blessings

I began writing this post at the beginning of the day and saving it as a draft to post at the end of day. Well the day came to an end, and I was able to finish the post in a different way than I had originally anticipated or expected.

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1661: love

When I was a young, I enjoyed watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. As a mother today, the shows available on TV today make me squirm. They have little to no educational value, let alone good morals. Nothing but mindless, worldly indoctrination. Over the years I have purchased a few Mr. Roger DVD’s to share with my children. Absolute treasures!

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what adoption families want you to know | but struggle to tell you

I asked this question in several online adoption groups: “If you were bold enough and had the words to say it, and you knew they wouldn’t be offended by your spoken words. What would you want family, and friends to know about the adoption process, during the adoption process, and post adoption? What would you tell them if you could?” I asked this question to over 2,450 adoption families. And out of that number – these were the most repeated answers to my question.

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a piece of the story

Never would we have imagined we’d be back on this Adoption journey again so soon, you can read about that specifically here. But one thing for sure is, there is a little girl on the other side of the world who is waiting for us to come and get her. And any parent will understand even just a little bit the ramifications of that very fact.

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You’ve found my little cozy place on the web.

You’ve found my little cozy place on the web.

I first and foremost want to shatter any possibility or assumptions; my life isn't as polished or pristine as my blog. This tiny corner is just a very small representation of my life, where bits and pieces of it are shared. I don’t claim to have it all figured out — and I certainly don’t have it all together, but I know The One who does! He’s shaping and re-forming my frayed edges on a daily basis. My desire is that my very flawed writings will only point you ever closer to the one who so graciously makes hearts whole and fills them with an everlasting joy. I just desperately pray that I won’t obscure the breathtaking view. I'm honored you're here.

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