Chasing After Dear carrollton, tx

// Baby Nubbins//

I love this story by Elna Baker about Baby Nubbins and the doll adoption center. I first heard it in This American Life and have loved Baker’s writing ever since. Enjoy!

“For the first few weeks I rotated from toy to toy so that Chad, the FAO toy demo manager, could analyze my acting strengths before placing me on a specific product. I demonstrated anything from Robo-transformers to plush…

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I’m so blessed to be at the side of this incredible man. I’m always blown away by his love and grace.   #husbandlove #swoon #superblessed

I’m so blessed to be at the side of this incredible man. I’m always blown away by his love and grace. #husbandlove #swoon #superblessed

// A Review of “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson//

A Review of “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson

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I’d like to point out, before I really get going, that usually I’m much too lazy to write a book review for a new favorite read. I’m a reader, after all, and not a writer by nature. In the words of beloved Jeffery Eugenides, “She’d become an English major for the purest and dullest of reasons: because she loved to read” (The Marriage Plot). Of course I wasn’t an English major, but I feel equally…

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July Desktop Background Calendar {Freebies}

I know, I know, it’s late! But here’s the July free desktop calendar! Enjoy! Click here to download it to your computer.

July Desktop Background Calendar {Freebies}

I know, I know, it’s late! But here’s the July free desktop calendar! Enjoy! Click here to download it to your computer.

Happy birthday to one of my favorite little girls alive. @natalietischler — beautiful girl, wonderful party (and you did it all pregnant! Wow!)

Happy birthday to one of my favorite little girls alive. @natalietischler — beautiful girl, wonderful party (and you did it all pregnant! Wow!)

// Love vs. ‘being in love’//

Love vs. ‘being in love’

Justin and I have been married for over five years and I’m so happy to say that I am still very much “in love” with him. Maybe 5 years isn’t long enough to wear off the honeymoon glaze, but either way, I found C.S. Lewis’s observations on love very spot-on. Love isn’t / can’t be “merely a feeling” since my feelings change rapidly, flipping through a symphony of emotions in a single day. Praise…

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@houndstoothcoffee drinking the best iced late with whom this mouth has ever had the pleasure of encountering. #houndstoothcoffee #ontologicallydistinct (photo credit: @linearwhite )

@houndstoothcoffee drinking the best iced late with whom this mouth has ever had the pleasure of encountering. #houndstoothcoffee #ontologicallydistinct (photo credit: @linearwhite )

// Noon Gatherings//

In the blazing heat of noon, sunlight weighing down and wisps of clouds streaking the blue, a small group of women lull by a fountain. Some are middle-aged and some nearing 30, all with hair wound and pinned in neat, identical buns. Their tan legs dangle into the pool, with their jeans rolled up to mid-calf and knees bald to the sun. They’re chirping merrily, keening birds filling the afternoon…

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"But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines upon it." 
- Mere Christianity, p. 63, by C.S. Lewis
#merechristianity #cslewis

"But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines upon it."
- Mere Christianity, p. 63, by C.S. Lewis
#merechristianity #cslewis

Be still my heart.

Be still my heart.

Chasing after Dear