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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...

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

It’s week 6 which means we are a quarter of the way through wedding planning! That feels bittersweet to me. There’s one side of me that says, “Thank goodness.” And another that feels it is going by...

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never too late to be brand new

I woke up this morning, pulled back my curtains, and saw this sight: a fresh new sun rising outside my window. the beauty of a new day dawning. I thought of all it symbolizes: a...