ONLINE Secret Sisters { and we need YOU! }


  So…. I had this crazy idea after reading some wonderful and fun suggestions on my Facebook page. I’m hoping YOU will join me because we need YOU! How many of you ladies would be wiling to anonymously send a secret sister (a total stranger!) a hand-written note with a simple, short word of encouragement? […]

How to Deal with Difficult People {growing pains}

How to Respond to Difficult People

I think it was 1:45 in the morning when the answer finally came to me. I knelt by my son’s bed and rubbed his legs as we waited for the medicine to relieve his pain. Growing pains. For some reason they seem to be worse at night, when all is dark, and we desperately crave […]

The Strength of a Woman {guest post}


Today, I am happy to have my friend Deanna share her heart with you. I know you will enjoy her guest post. She is such an encouragement to me. Thank you, Deanna, for writing! photo credit: janwillemsen via photopin cc There are many things that can be said about Women, and over the years the  […]

Behind the Scenes {vacation style}


As soon as warm weather started, I started seeing photos of feet. Feet on a float in the pool… Feel on a sandy beach overlooking the ocean… Feet that caused my little green-eyed monster to creep up. As I was juggling work deadlines and parenting duties, I feel a little twinge of jealousy as other […]

How to Help the Oklahoma Tornado Victims


The sunrise solemnly appears this morning, May 21, a day after devastating storms ripped through Oklahoma. Here in Tennessee, I hug my sons a little closer, and think of the moms and dads who long to hold their own children… but now can’t. Words seem irreverent. Respectful silence is my heart’s response. Prayers, tears, and […]

Triple Braided Kids Launches Today!


Are you a mama? If so, then you’re a “mama-teacher”. I LOVE this truth from my sweet friend, Brenda who is launching her brand new site “Triple Braided Kids” today! I have known about this for a few months (because I had the honor of designing her blog header!) and have been about to POP […]



I had the privilege of attending the Allume blogging conference this past weekend in Harrisburg, PA. I’m not sure what I expected, as I boarded the plane, alone and not knowing anyone at the conference in “real life”. Nerves were beginning to creep up as I sat quietly, waiting for the hotel shuttle. My tendency […]

It’s Time to Forgive {Guest Post}

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Today, I am so honored to welcome my sweet friend, Laurie, who I had the privilege to meet during the “She Speaks” conference this year. Her story of forgiveness after her father’s murder was so inspiring to me. If you are struggling to forgive someone, please take a moment to read Laurie’s words of encouragement […]

By Grace Alone ~ Blessings Unlimited Giveaway!


Today, I am helping my sweet friend, Jennifer of Sweet Blessings, celebrate her two-year blog anniversary! In celebration of Jennifer’s two-years of blogging and in association with the great study of Ephesians we are enjoying together, I am giving away this beautiful “By Grace Alone” sign from my online Blessings Unlimited store to help remind […]