We are all broken. Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things is the story of Sara Hagerty and her journey with God prior to marriage, as a newlywed, then a husband and wife duo who chose to adopt from Africa. Sara’s journey with God is beautiful and today I’ll review her book Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet and share why it impacts the story God is writing for Peter and I so deeply.
Beauty is all around us. In the people we met, the places we go, and situations we encounter. It’s everywhere. Yet the one place, we often forget to notice true beauty is within ourselves. I know this is has been true for me. I have been quick to dismiss compliments, unresponsive to a kind word, and often unappreciative of someone taking notice in me. In the past 3 years my confidence in who I am and the beautiful story I carry has greatly increased, and I know the main reason is because of one simple fact.
Love. God has overwhelmed me with His love for me, love for people, and love for this world. When I started to receive love, I started to receive the beautiful person He made me to be. Love showed me I am beautiful. Love opened my eyes to the beauty in others. Love awakened me to the beauty in the sunset, trees, and scenery I drive by each day. I realized my story has always been beautiful, but when I encountered Love Himself I began to OWN my beautifulness (that’s a word, right?!) Read More
Curly hair can be a beast to tame sometimes. I’ve tried numerous haircuts and products over the years trying to master this head of hair I’ve been blessed with. In my tenure with hair, I’ve found some winners over the last couple months. I’m going to share those products with you, some curly hair tips and how I’ve learned to embrace my curls.
I recently was a guest in a university classroom when something happened that shocked me. Feeling compelled by the usage of their phones during class, this letter was penned to them. It also was a wakeup call for me and Allison asked me to share it with you. Here’s the letter:
Today I’m collaborating with Haley of The Blue Dishes. We are both making a DIY Vase that we saw on pages 48-49 of the book, A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space that we both received c/o of Blogging for Books. We’ll share how we made our vases and we’ll both be reviewing the book in our posts today. I painted my lyrics from the song that I walked down the aisle to and she’s doing gold polka dots, (make sure you check out her blog for her full review).
Hello, beautiful readers! I have a fun surprise for you. Today I’m hosting my first giveaway on this re-launched blog! I’m so thankful to have some amazing women partnering with me to giveaway one Emily Ley 2015 Daily Simplified Planner. Read More
At the ages of 24 and 25 with a lot of student debt, Natalie and Dan decided to begin the process of an international adoption. They had been married only six months.
Natalie had a long-term interest in adoption and foster care after following the blog of a family friend as she honestly shared about the joys and challenges of the adoption process and life as an adoptive family. After only about two months of dating, she shared this interest with her then-boyfriend. She knew it would be a deal-breaker if he wasn’t interested in adoption as a primary means to building a family. Thankfully, he was totally on board, and the strong feelings she already had for him deepened. Read More
There is a big shift in the way you think about clothes after you’re married. At least, for me, that’s the way it was. I remember in college dressing to impress, whether it was a friend or a guy I liked…there was always a hidden agenda. I’m not talking about wearing a mini skirt or anything, but I always wanted to make sure I looked presentable. You couldn’t have caught me dead in sweatpants in class and I was most certainly showering and putting on my makeup every day before class.
After being married, I feel like the pressure is off. Anyone else remember that Jessica Simpson song? That is precisely how I feel. I can be in a t-shirt and jeans around the house and it feels like me. However, I don’t think marriage is just an excuse to stop dressing up or to let yourself go physically. You should still want to “impress” your husband in a way but you have to learn to do it without letting go of the comfort you feel dressing up to feel like yourself.
It’s 4:00 a.m. and I’m so exhausted, yet so awake from the nebulizer treatment I just finished. Just 12 hours earlier I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia. As I try to go back to sleep I get the urge to write my spinning thoughts so I can finally go back to sleep. So I get up grab my journal and sit on the couch with a cozy blanket.
I love adding pieces of plaid to my wardrobe especially during fall. Tea dates with friends or my hubby just seem so much more fall when wearing some plaid, maybe a scarf thrown into the mix. A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post entitled I Struggle with Feeling Beautiful.
My mom spoke such truth into me that weekend when I had my fitting room meltdown because nothing was, fitting. She then showed me grace the way our heavenly Father would show us grace. She took me into another store and helped me find a couple tops that fit, hooray for Tommy Hilfiger. She then proceeded to bless me with this plaid long sleeve button up and a couple of others and wow am I so grateful. The grace she showed was not a reward for my fitting room meltdown, the grace was a way that she expressed her love and God’s love towards me. Today, I want to again say thank you by styling this plaid button up on the blog for her to see. Love you, mom!