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94. This view out the window as I work. Few things make me happier than watching my kids become best friends. I love how they love each other. 95. That feeling when you finally lay down after a really long day and your whole body feels like it's sighing with relief 96. Answered prayers of all kinds. I love it when God shows off! #365daysofthankfulness #1000gifts #siblinglove #ahhh #answeredprayers #Godshowingoff
There was a time when snuggles in bed with children before facing the day were mandatory. Grateful for snow day later school starts for this mornings gift. #mycozywinterhome #gift
I could end this Monday with a photo of my perfectly trimmed tree aglow with twinkling lights. Or a snapshot of my spotless stove gleaming thanks to my studly husband's hard weekend scrubbing. . But instead I give you this...a picture of my ordinary, imperfect life in the thick of it. A photo that represents my #momlife and #gradschoollife and #workfromhomelife. . I love celebrating beauty and gifts and special moments. But much more of life--of my life--is marked by disorganized chaos. . The current state of my desk makes my Type A skin crawl, but it is also beautiful in its own unexpected way because it's a reflection of the the wonderful work I've been given to do: motherhood, scholarship, a ministry of words. . May we always have eyes to see the blessings.
Just started reading this wonderful book, containing stories of many people. This book is a great source of much-needed reassurance, inspiration, and encouragement. It strengthens my faith greately. #reading #book #faith #christianity #power #love #anthology #sanctification #god #godslove #joyindestructible #savior #thebrokenway #holy #1000gifts #eucharisteo
A Word in-season is a salve to my spirit... from an angel on earth 🌏 😇👼who happens to be one of my truest sister-friends 👭 💞... thank you @amymloo for your tender heart ❤️!! #Sisters 👭💞 #ThankYouJesus 🙏❤️ #YouSustainMe #1000gifts
Getting the hang of the Advent calendar real quick! #adventtraditions
42. Seeing my girl rock the mess off that mic. #melodymichalski #livemusic #singersongwriter #1000gifts
Our prayer for you this Christmas and throughout the New Year. @sansan.melissa translate pleaseeee 😅 #choosingtocherish #1000gifts
I met my new niece Hazel Oasis today! She's everything beautiful and sweet and squishy and precious and so so expressive! Love her! @davidlewinmusic and @alicialewin you made such such great baby!
Last swimming class. After 2+ years they finally finished the swimming program. We will be back in the future but it’s time to learn other sports. The perk of #homeschooling we took classes during non busy hour when other kids are at school. 😁 #homeschoolperks #choosingtocherish #1000gifts
The snow continues to accumulate. And I find myself enjoying it more and more. It’s not fun to drive in, but it’s beautiful to watch. #1000gifts #snow #puremichigan
We've talked, laughed, cried, danced, and prayed through EVERYTHING (literally everything) this semester. Rach, you're the Cece to my Jess. Grateful doesn't begin to cover how I feel about our year long sleepover. Let's live together forever, yeah? Or at least until May? 😉💖 #PraiseHands2017 #getaftergrateful #1000Gifts @rachaelwilliams_
•Number 969~ The start of the school holidays ✨ #1000gifts #ephesians320 #eucharisteo
I'm no longer a slave to fear I am a child of God. ...We've been liberated From our bondage We're the sons and daughters Let us sing our freedom! Lyrics from No Longer Slaves, Bethel Music Get a head start on the New Year and join us at the Surrey class on Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m. Tag a friend to join us, too!! Our children's program is for infants to 5 years. For other classes go to the link in our bio. So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
"H O P E doesn’t promise success to the strong, but resurrection to the wrecked.  Because success isn’t the virtue that will remain. Love, Joy and Hope are. So we will make those three that will remain, always our main thing. Like muscles, Hope is made by rising, again and again, lifting the weight of dark that’s conspiring to flatten us with the strength of His promises that’s certain to carry us." - @annvoskamp #letsdosunset #letitbeJesus #1000gifts
Dec 11 | A Gift Ice cold ❄️ For the unexpected snow day that made for such a sweet memory. It was frigid out but all I feel is WARMTH and incredible joy looking back at that this pic ❤️ #myfam #1000gifts #decembergifts #sothankful #everydaygraces
"Because of today's pace of life, we quickly forget all the good things God does for us, and we move on to the next challenge. That's why I recommend that you establish an annual celebration, a birthday party for Jesus in your home with family or close friends. Scheduling a once-a-year time to pause and review God's grace in your life and to recommit yourself to knowing and loving him better is a great way to make Christmas more meaningful." (“The Purpose of Christmas” by Rick Warren) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I love this!! Reading these books and spending time in reflection and prayer have been such sweet gifts to remember true meaning of this season. ❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What are your favorite traditions that remind you to put Christ at the center of Christmas? I would love to hear!! 😊
We’re settling back into a normal routine after having my in-laws here for ten days. This pic was snapped while the boys and I were at the beach with Patty (my mother-in-law) one morning last week. It was such a joy to have them here. The days were busy and fun and exhausting all at the same time. When your family all lives thousands of miles away, you try to cram a year or more of special moments into the few shorts days you get to be together. It’s wonderful and exhausting all at the same time. For years, I didn’t let myself miss things about being far away. I missed the people, but I didn’t let myself miss the things: the places or the holidays or the traditions or the little moments that could have been. I thought if I missed them, then I couldn’t love what I had here. I’m beginning to realize that isn’t true. So slowly, hesitantly, I’m letting myself miss the things. All the little things lost by being so far away. And I’m still loving my life here at the same time. I’m trying to let myself learn that mixed emotions are okay, that being sad doesn’t mean you aren’t also happy, and that missing something doesn’t mean you are in the wrong place. And I’m also trying to soak up the moments we do have, without placing undue expectation on them. I’m incredibly thankful for the amount we do get to see family. It is a gift and the memories made will be so treasured. The flip side of the miles between us is, there is no taking the time with family for granted. And that can be a beautiful gift. #churchplanting #soflo #floridalove #longdistancefamily #washingtontoflorida #motherhoodunited #1000gifts #getaftergrateful
"When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, until it seems as if you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn." #harrietbeecherstowe
She did it!! Jordan is officially done with her second semester of Grad school and she absolutely crushed her finals!! Jordan, I am so proud of you and you definitely deserved that two hour nap you had today. Time for our first Christmas season as a married couple 🎄 #HatfieldAdventures
Christmas tree adventures ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #1000gifts #newmexicotrue #pureNM #travelNM #simplynewmexico #RepresentNM #instagramersnm #NewMexicoTRUE #homeschool #seekthesimplicity #theartofslowliving #livethelittlethings #getoutside #getoutdoors #thesepicturesarepoems #galleryoflightfeature #simplysantafe #wildandfree #wildandfreechildren
We finished this one up tonight. Probably the most challenging so far... requiring a lot digging in. A lot of thought. Choosing to take the mask off and be exposed to Him and realizing it is a safe and a life decision. Feeling freer to ask questions and answer His. It will need to be repeated but for tonight I take a deep breath and say thank You ABBA! #1000gifts
Date night with my husband of nine years (and counting!) before his company Christmas party a couple weeks ago. Clearly this was taken before we all got dusted with snow. ❄️ Was definitely loving the fact it was 50* in December! (Ignore the glowing white Michigander skin! 🙈😂) . . . #mcm #datenight #december #paleskin #1000gifts #dateyourspouse #mcm😍 #latergram #babymama
guys, I’ve been peed on, pooped on and spit up on, on the daily and I can honestly say I had truly missed the heck out of this fourth trimester #canwestaylikethisforever
“If it is right, it happens. The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”- John Steinbeck. This quote resonates so much with me. Learning how to be at peace with whatever season I’m at in business, in mothering, in health, friendship, marriage... it’s not the easiest thing. Holding the tension of contentment while also holding the hope of something more is an intentional process and one that, for me, requires gratitude, solitude, community and faith. Another way to say “nothing good gets away” is that God doesn’t let anything go to waste- beauty, pain, struggle, and waiting are all turned into something beautiful eventually. Speaking of beauty, hop on over to @lesliekershawphoto and follow the circle to see this week’s @shamoftheperfect images. Happy Monday!
Lucy wrote a get well note to Teddy. She’s a great big sister, especially considering she’s sick too. #stayathomemomlife #1000gifts #lucygrace #teddybrian #siblings
The more I read the news, the more convinced I am that we need to encourage and champion the men in our lives {like my girls’ and my favorite man} that aren’t making headlines...the ones that: •provide and protect and persevere •love and lead and listen •work hard, have fun, laugh often, and live simply all with integrity •know strength doesn’t look like control, manipulation, power, or disrespect but that strength looks a lot more like repentance, forgiveness, kindness, and selflessness •don’t stop learning, growing, and maturing •choose to help and be generous, to serve and be peacemakers. ...... Let’s cheer them on; let’s show our gratitude; let’s build them up. To these men {especially our Spencer}: you are seen and appreciated and respected. Keep pressing on, brothers. ...... #connatserclan #1000gifts #eucharisteo #ilovemyhusband
Today I had the honor of shooting my first adoption finalization. It was the BEST! My heart is overflowing. I pray it's the first of many adoption finalizations I get to capture. I connected so much with the mama - she was so nervous as she waited for the judge to declare them a Forever Family. I remember being just as nervous on April 30, 2012!   #1000gifts #adoption #adoptionfinalization #foreverfamily #doublejphotography #photography #photographer #adoptivemama
35. This pretty little caffeinated Christmas tree that was waiting for me this morning. #100happydays #mrskhappydays #1000gifts #loveyourworkplace
December 11 - And in despair I bowed my head There is no Peace on earth I said, For hate is strong and mocks the song Of peace on earth, good will to men. Then rang the bells more loud and deep God is not dead, nor does He sleep The wrong shall fail, the right prevail With peace on earth, good will to men. I’m thankful for that Peace in my heart. #CY365 #bells #focusingonlife #myeverydaymagic #shuttersisters #my365 #project365 #thankful #1000gifts #iheardthebellsonchristmasday #peaceonearth #christmas2017
#Repost @lorijeanwhitaker ( @get_repost) ・・・ This beauty was slipped into my life today by my sweet friend Molle. She discovered from my Loves that this hymn is one of my favs. My grandfather, Garrett, would sing The Old Rugged Cross every Christmas Eve. I can still see him sitting in the armchair, his beautiful blue eyes shining, belting out the verses to this hymn. He was my hero. I miss him. Thank you @mandasuewho for creating this beautiful piece that sings right to my soul. You can see their work and check out their music @thepreachersdaughters.music. I love you, Molle & Amanda. I miss you, Grandpa. I cannot wait to hear you sing again! #christmasmemories #eucharisteo #1000gifts #hymnologie #handmade #handmadejewelry #theoldruggedcross #christmascards #knitting1stitchatatime #knittedornaments #lovetoknit #tistheknittingseason
I am seriously the worlds most blessed person. I’ve been covered in cards, gifts, Happy Birthday song Voicemails and a Million hugs...and One of my students gave me this drawing of me and it is literally my favorite thing. #1000gifts
•Number 968~ Children’s skin that doesn’t burn quickly In this fierce Hawke’s Bay sun. #1000gifts #ephesians320 #eucharisteo
As we are about to close out 2017, I sit here and I'm simply amazed with the journey God has brought us on this past year. Moving South. New home. New jobs. Vacation. 2017 has been a whirlwind of a year BUT it has been AMAZING!!!! Thank you Jesus! ❤❤❤ #vacation #cruise #bahamas #blessed #1000gifts #lifeisgood
This beauty was slipped into my life today by my sweet friend Molle. She discovered from my Loves that this hymn is one of my favs. My grandfather, Garrett, would sing The Old Rugged Cross every Christmas Eve. I can still see him sitting in the armchair, his beautiful blue eyes shining, belting out the verses to this hymn. He was my hero. I miss him. Thank you @mandasuewho for creating this beautiful piece that sings right to my soul. You can see their work and check out their music @thepreachersdaughters.music. I love you, Molle & Amanda. I miss you, Grandpa. I cannot wait to hear you sing again! #christmasmemories #eucharisteo #1000gifts #hymnologie #handmade #handmadejewelry #theoldruggedcross #christmascards
"And then, finally – finally – the moment I had been long expecting arrived. There we were, together as a family in our Christmas finest, singing a Christmas hymn, hoping for our savior. I snuggled my baby son a little closer, squeezed my husband’s hand, smiled at our daughter. . . Thank you, Jesus. This is what I have been expecting. . . And then it happened. . . My sweet daughter, fresh off a week of sickness, stuffed full of candy and milk, and coached to excitement by her momma, threw up, again, all over her whole family. It was not subtle, as evidenced by the sympathetic looks the row of single, college-aged men in front of us suggested as they turned with kind faces, mixed with sympathetic smile and slightly terrified eyes." ~ @kelsipeaceroberts from Humble Trimmings on KindredMom.com . . Link in profile Linktree ❤️ . . . ⠀ #kindredmom #hopewriters #encouragement #motherhoodrising #motherhoodsimplified #momlife #momlifeisthebestlife #simplicity #minimalism #wahm #sahm #momtomom #parenting #parentingblogger #motherhood #gentleparenting #christianblogger #1000gifts #cultivatewhatmatters #bedeeplyrooted #christianmom #advent #holidaystress #christmastimeishere
Last night I sat down face to face (thanks technology) with another coach and we talked about our goals and our dreams, where we are at now and where we want to be at by next summer. We talked about our desire to quit the 9-5 life, to quit working for other people’s schedules, and what it would look like to work from home and have time freedom to write our own schedules. — This morning, I listened to a podcast and this woman I look up to immensely talked about how we are the author of our own lives. We get to hold the pen, not anyone else. We get to write, design, and illustrate our own lives. — I know exactly what I want less of and what I want more of. I know I want to put in the effort and the sweat and the time to make my dreams and my goals a reality, instead of a life I just daydream about. — I am taking control of that pen and authoring my own life, because no one gets to do that but me. Just like in your life, no one gets to wield the pen except you. So go after your dreams and your goals, write them down and start taking action, and make the daydream a reality!
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