I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.

14 Jan

(in)RL … it’s back!!!

True story!!

Did you laugh out loud? Or at least smile? Cuz it’s true isn’t it?

Some of my very best friends live in my computer! And I’ve been so incredibly blessed to have some of those friends become In Real Life friends!

Last year (in)courage had this “crazy” idea to take community off the computer screen and bring it into our homes … IRL. Crazy? Or God-directed? You be the judge.

Almost 2,000 women connected last year … and lives, hearts, and relationships were changed because of it.

Last year when (in)courage asked for women to host an event in their home, I stepped out in faith, signed up, and walked away blessed!

If you didn’t get a chance to attend, or host an event last year … never fear! Cuz guess what? It’s happening again!

Registration opens Monday January 14th at www.inrl.us
It’s FREE!

Important deets:

  • About: (in)RL was born out of two years spent listening to women in the comments at (in)courage craving local, real life community. Derived from the social media acronym “IRL” or “in real life,” (in)RL is an invitation to share what we’ve learned about community and encourage women with stories and suggestions for connecting deeper in real life.
  • When: The (in)RL webcast kicks off on Friday, April 26 and (in)RL meetups follow on Saturday, April 27.
  • What: Last year we explored the nitty gritty of community. This year we’re taking a closer look at what it takes to stay rooted in community when sometimes just walking away would be so much easier and tons more convenient. Women share stories of how they’ve chosen to stay through hard marriages, challenging parenting, worthwhile friendships. How choosing to stay has freed them more fully and unexpectedly than if they’d cut and run.

Fun deets:

  • Everyone who registers on the day registration opens (Monday, Jan 14) gets a copy of our (in)courage 365 Daybrightener while supplies last (US residents only).
  • Everyone gets a copy of our first eBook: “Best of the Beach House 2012.”
  • Think of it as a FREE girl’s weekend away that doesn’t require packing or plane tickets, where women can kick off any expectation of perfect, set aside their fears, their shyness, their worry that they’re not good enough, and find some of Jesus’ words of rest woven into every video shared here.

I’ve signed up to bring the beach into my home again this year and would be honored to have you join me! Sign up is easy-peasy … after you’ve registered, just follow this link and add your name. Hope to see you in April! {I’ll keep you updated right here with more information as the time draws closer!}

Posted in (in) courage, friends

5 Sep


“Friends love through all kinds of weather …” Proverbs 17:17 {MSG}


  • share sour gummy worms
  • eat popcorn together
  • take long walks on the beach … and in the park
  • share sandy feet
  • lay in the sun … and play in the surf
  • encourage
  • share fried pickles … three days in a row
  • can sit in comfortable silence
  • share sweaty headphones
  • love at all times

Posted in friends

10 Aug

for narnia … for emily …

11.15.96 – 8.10.11
Born to Eternal Life

Sweet angel Emily … the memories you’ve left behind continue to fill our hearts and minds. You, sweet girl are so dearly missed. So dearly, dearly missed.

Your mom, dad, and Kiki are doing their best to face each day with faith, strength, and grace, but at times grow very, very weary. I continue to cover them in prayer … lifting them before God asking for peace and continued strength. They love you forever Em and have been left with a gaping hole in their hearts. I pray for the day when they’ll see you again.

Thank you for your legacy. Thank you for who you are and what you did with the very short time you were allowed here on earth. You’ve touch me and so many others with your sweet, quiet, yet crazy spirit!

Remembering you today … and always …

Posted in friends, quote, random

25 Jul

almost wordless wednesday :: bff surprise visit

Through a series of unfortunate events, our scheduled visitors had to cancel. One of those visitors was the family of Piper’s BFF from Wisconsin. Oh how my heart hurt thinking about the disappointment of my soulful 10 year old!

And then … a light bulb moment! I enlisted some help from the families of both Wynter and Piper’s WI BFF’s … and we secretly had the girls flown out for a visit!

My girls had NO IDEA whatsoever! And I could barely contain my excitement! I was at a conference all weekend and told them I’d have a surprise for them when I got home.

Once home and parked safely in the driveway, I had their friends climb into the trunk, and then called my girls out for their surprise.

This is what followed …

I’m not gonna lie … I truly thought there’d be nothing but hootin’ and hollerin’ … instead, it was a sweet reunion of hearts longing to be together again. And watching them together this week has made me one happy momma!

Have you heard? Beginning August 1, I’m hosting a Facebook study group on my e-book 31 days of faith. Each day in August, I’ll walk through the book with you in a more in-depth sort of way. My hope is to breathe encouragement into your day, to help you see Jesus, and to show you joy in the middle of a trial.

And … if that’s not enough fun … guess what? This weekend, July 28th and 29th, 31 days of faith will be available on Amazon for FREE! Free I say! So be sure to download it and tell all your friends too!

P.S. … don’t have a Kindle? No worries, download Amazon’s free Kindle reading app and you can begin reading on almost any device you own … including your computer! I’m all about the ease here folks!

Additional details found here.

Posted in friends, movie, wordless wednesday

14 Jun

a meeting of friends

A few years ago, I “met” Amy through a weekly blog link-up {Emily’s, Tuesday’s Unwrapped}.

And I met Stacey through Amy.

And we all have girls. Eleven between us.

I’m not sure where or how it started exactly, but God laid it on our hearts to encourage other mothers of daughters {MOD} to raise their daughters with purity, character, and hearts for God.

After months of Skype calls, emails, dreaming, and prayer … the MODsquad blog was born.

That was two years ago. And God has blessed that little corner of the web and I am so very thankful for that.

But I’m even more thankful that God brought these two women into my life. They are encouragers. Lovers of God’s word. Prayer warriors. And they lift me when I need lifting.

Amy lives in South Dakota and Stacey lives in Orlando.

You may have noticed I’ve been taking my girls on frequent jaunts to Orlando? Let me tell you … it’s not about the mouse. My ulterior motive has been to spend time with Stacey. She oozes God’s heart and I love to soak in all I can.

And Amy? Would you believe I’d never met her in real life!? Crazy when I think about it. She knows my heart and soul … inside and out … and I know hers. But I’ve never met her face to face.

Until last week.

When I heard she’d be taking a family vacation to Disney, I was all over it. Well … more like God was probably all over it.

And from the first moment I saw her outside the hotel, and we took our places on those white rocking chairs … we rocked, and chatted, and caught up like we were life-long friends.

But isn’t that how it is in God’s world?

He knew there’d be a day … “for such a time as this” … that I’d need these ladies in my life.

I received this message from Stacey this week, “praying God’s hope blooms in your heart today.”

Real connections are being made all over the internet, and I’m constantly amazed at the way prayer, hope, and life-giving words can be spread through the wires of a computer.

I’ve been meeting with these ladies every morning for close to two years … they are my Good Morning Girls, they lift me, they encourage me, they keep me accountable, they love on me, they pray for me … and they make my life better because they’re in it!

Discussion :: Do you have women breathing encouragement into your life? Have you made a real connection with someone across the computer screen?

Posted in friends