Chasing After Dear carrollton, tx

// August Desktop Background - Leo constellation and Psalm 36:5 {freebies}//

August Desktop Background – Leo constellation and Psalm 36:5 {freebies}

August-Desktop-Calendar-01It’s here! August Calendar desktop background (full-resolution for imac 27″). Click here to download.

“Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” – Psalm 36:5

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// A letter to Jude on his 4th Birthday//

A letter to Jude on his 4th Birthday

Dearest Judester,

You’re four and I am floored (sorry for the corny, approximate pun). Every year you get bigger, smarter, sweeter, funnier, and dare I say, zanier. That’s what I love about you, though: you’re endless excitement for life… and chocolate cupcakes.

You were so happythis week that it was your birthday and you were…

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// 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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