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new year; still me

It’s a new year. January 1. The time of resolutions, of new dreams, of plans for the future. It’s around this time each year that I become even more ambitious. My dreams that have...

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how to plan a wedding in 6 months flat: week 9

This week was my birthday and Christmas, so I didn’t spend all that much time on the wedding. Nevertheless, I am still plugging away. It always makes me feel better when I feel like I...

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today I am 30

Today I am 30. Last night, surrounded by friends I celebrated three decades of life and truly felt celebrated. I am so grateful for the friends and just amazing community the Lord has blessed...

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“house on fire, leave it all behind you.”

“House on fire, leave it all behind you.” – Jose Gonzalez Those lyrics came to mind when Clay texted me these pics we snapped tonight.  I finally took a step outside the house after...

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a light in the darkness

I have faced a dark road of health issues over the last twelve years. From complications with a fake tooth to chronic back pain and stomach issues (which we now know were highly likely...

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today I have surgery: choosing joy

Today I have surgery. It will be the second in two months. Just days after I got engaged, I had major gum surgery. And now just days before my 30th birthday I will have...