how we can know we are beautiful

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Morgan and I planned a last minute date night on Monday. All day, while I painted my parents’ house, I dreamed of the short ribs at North. At 5pm, I asked if we could eat there, and he smiled because he had already made a reservation for 7:15. Sixteen years of marriage and twenty-three years of friendship have their perks. He knows me well. So we sat on the lovely restaurant patio, eating creamy polenta…

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(Some of) My Favorite Etsy Shops

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Last week I stopped into one of my favorite shops in Austin, Vintage Fresh, and noticed that some of their wooden wall art was made by a company called Hemlock and Heather. I recognized the name because several years ago, Hemlock and Heather was just a little Etsy shop and they made my headboard after our bedroom flooded. Now their art is in West Elm. Go figure. Etsy is the only place something like that…

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re: all the things and the Sunday I preached in church

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“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the…

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making sense of beauty with my daughter

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When I was pregnant with her, I wondered if it would be different. After three sons, I wasn’t sure what would it be like to raise a daughter.{Girls are different, you know.} I delight in my boys. I am smitten and enthralled by their plucky way of conquering the world. Boys who need their mama make the world go ’round with love, love, love.Raising a girl, though, will undo the knots life has tied in your soul.I…

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how to lose collagen and still gain in beauty

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When I was a kid, like all decent 1980s families, we had a navy blue GM conversion van. We bought it to replace our old VW bus. In hindsight, we now know this was a tragedy- VW buses are worth a fortune these days and only scary child-snatchers drive conversion vans in the new millennium. But at the time, we were wooed by the wood paneling and custom carpet kit that blue van boasted. We…

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what my son knows about beauty

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There we were, sitting in the middle of an expensive jewelry store, just me, my almost-twelve-year-old son, and the fancy ring lady. My broken engagement ring was on the counter in front of us. The fancy ring lady was helping me decide what to do about it after another salesperson had ditched us for a more lucrative client. I was still feeling the sting of it all when my son noticed the people across from…

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on planning fortieth birthdays because we are so old

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“George Macdonald said, ‘If you knew what God knows about death you would clap your listless hands’, but instead I find old people in North America just buying this whole youth obsession. I think growing older is a wonderful privilege. I want to learn to glorify God in every stage of my life.”  -Elisabeth Elliot “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in…

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our most pressing destiny

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I sat on the sofa today reading a children’s bible story to the Lady. Joseph. Dreamer. Favored one. Slave. Favored. Prisoner. Mighty savior. He wore cloaks that were used against him. First his brothers lied about his bloody cloak to cover up their mistreatment of him. Later Potipher’s wife used the cloak she ripped from him to falsely accuse him of attacking her. It’s nice to look good on the outside, to perform well, for…

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you’re, like, really pretty

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You’re like, really pretty. Yes, you. I mean it. You are. {Stop shaking your head and rolling your eyes at me.} I don’t care what that boy in fourth grade said, what your daddy never said, what your mama did say, what the celebrity magazines always say, or what the commercial on tv just said. Any words or moments that have robbed you of knowing you’re pretty are just a pack of lies wrapped in…

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5 things to teach your daughter about beauty

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We love fairy tales, don’t we? Most go a little like this: Once upon a time, there was an exceedingly beautiful girl who was the victim of the wicked selfishness of others. She herself was perfect and her beauty and goodness prevailed against evil when her true love saw her and saved her. In the end, she was just as good and beautiful as ever, and everyone adored her extensively. And she lived happily ever…

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