Another Year More Beautiful

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Ask me what is the most difficult thing about winter, specifically winter in Michigan, and I will tell you – the end of daylight savings time. The days are already getting shorter as it is and then you go and “Fall Back” and all…

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Life with a boy

Eight months. That’s how long I’ve been the momma to a five-year-old boy, and ya know…I thought for sure I’d have everything figured out by now. {kidding} Recently, I’ve been mulling over some of the things about this new role I play and this…

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Currently Listening

Someone asked me the other day what my favorite worship song is. Blank stare. How could I possibly choose just one?  Or even a top three?  Or top ten?  So instead, here are some good songs I’ve been digging lately.  In no particular order. Oh,…

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Grant Us Peace

I was sitting in Mr. Jeske’s Bible class, second hour, freshman year of high school.  My classmate Stephen came in and said that an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center and that some thought it was a terrorist attack.  I didn’t know…

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Too Much Information

I have jaw issues.  We know this. In case you are someone who loves hearing all the gory details and the comprehensive medical history of others, or in case you are someone who also has jaw problems and wants to make sure you’re not…

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The Smoothie

Hoo boy, have I got a story for you… You might recall from a previous post that I have some jaw issues.  If you want to know all the medical details about what’s wrong with my jaw and the history of how it got…

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Our First Year!

My dear friends… I am so happy to be writing this!  It’s official – Consider Grace  has reached its first birthday.  Yippee! Throughout the last year, I have been surprised and affirmed over and over again with how well all of you have received…

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Knowing and Loving – A Celebration

Are your childhood memories like this? Most of the things I remember from growing up present themselves to me like the snippets in a montage at the beginning of a romantic comedy {or as my best friend so affectionately calls them, “rom coms”}.  I…

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At the Water – A Baptism Story

There is a young girl at my church whose name is Alison.  She is eleven years old, though small for her age, and she wears glasses that usually slide down her nose and dresses that splay out when she twirls.  This girl has a…

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The Process [or] “So…anything new with the adoption?”

I love this question.  It is almost always asked out of a place of genuine interest, and it allows me an opportunity to verbally process the strange situation we’ve put ourselves in and to share what the Lord has been teaching me.  When someone…

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Nashville #4 – Thank You

All week long, Dustin has been taking the songs I’ve written, breaking them down into individual instruments – drums, bass, piano, guitar, etc. – and building them back up into full songs.  They really sound amazing.  And today, I recorded the vocals over top…

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Nashville #3 – The Lingo

If you ever come to Nashville and record an album, there are certain words and phrases you will need to be familiar with.  So here are some helpful instructions. {Ahem} A Lesson on Nashville Lingo “Scratch Tracks” You make these first, usually with just…

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Nashville #2 – Juxtaposynthesis

Juxtaposynthesis. It’s a word my sculpture professor would use all the time, and I’m pretty sure he made it up.  It’s when two things that seem opposite or unrelated come together in a really beautiful or inspiring or provocative way, and something good is…

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Nashville #1

I want you to try an experiment. Grab a suitcase with wheels, fill it up with clothes and toiletries and a couple of books and anything else you would take on a long trip.  Now wake up one morning before the neighbors and the…

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Tiny Tucker is Coming!

Hm…let’s see….what have I been up to lately?  Re-organizing my crafts.  Playing card games with Rod.  Writing some songs.  Watching Netflix.  The usual. And, oh yeah.  Adopting a child.   {!}   If you’ll remember, Jesus started moving my heart toward adoption at the…

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Gospel Music

Well, I finally did it.  I’ve always wanted to write a gospel song {on the spectrum, think more toward Jennifer Holliday….and less toward The Gaither Vocal Band}, and today, I did! Even before The Shack came out, I had the tendency to personify the…

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Random stuff

I frequently have these random thoughts that come to me that I want to share with you.  However, many of them are not long enough to make an entire blog post out of.  Here are some of the shorties. A quote that has been…

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The Nashville Project

I mentioned in a previous post about an important trip I was going to take, and I promised to tell you more about it later.  Well, here it is. On November 11th, I will be packing my bags and heading to Nashville, Tennessee for…

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God Is Not Speaking

Last summer, I tried reading through the Bible in 90 days.  I’ve never read through all of it in its entirety, and to be honest, 90 days is a bit less daunting for me to commit to than an entire year, which is a…

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It Runs in the Family

My grandpa’s name is Herman. {Well, really it’s Duane.  His buddies randomly started calling him “Herman” in high school and it never stopped….but that’s beside my point.} He’s an artist.  And not like I’m an “artist” who uses hot glue and acrylic paint in…

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Such thoughtful friends

Early last week, I was feeling somewhat discouraged about Consider Grace. Even though I have gotten lots of Likes on Facebook recently, many of you have responded to my blog posts with comments (thank you!), and lots of people have generally just been asking…

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Will You Tell Me A Story?

I learned the. coolest. writing exercise tonight.  And I truly think if you take 10 or 15 minutes to do it, you will have an amazing piece of writing when you are done. Really. And then, you will {hopefully} feel so proud of it,…

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To Our God

Did you know I’m in a band? Well, really it’s just a duo.  And, to be fair, we don’t have any albums out, we’ve never released a song, we’ve never played a show (unless you count singing together in church, which I don’t).  But…

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Break Out The Bubbly

Where do I even begin? This whole Consider Grace thing has been 9 months in the making, and I first announced it two days ago on my Facebook page like this: “If it were a baby, today would be its birthday.”  What I didn’t…