Category: My Life

the account of my life as I’m living it: learning to listen, rest, and embrace beauty

  •   Before I take you along on my first date with Jeremy, I need to give you some background so you understand its unusual nature. There were four people who’d been intricately involved in our lives from the very beginning and who played large and appreciated roles in our getting together. A little background may…

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  • April 17th is a special day for me–it’s my birthday! Ten years ago today, I celebrated my 23rd birthday as a single gal, living at home, completely unattached. But all that was about to change… In honor of our upcoming 10th wedding anniversary, I’m sharing our love story, chapter by chapter, on the blog. Get…

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  • This year Jeremy and I will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary, which means that it was 10 years ago this month that we started dating. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, I’ve dusted off a popular series here on the blog and am finally adding a few new chapters!  If you haven’t yet read the…

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  • Happy New Year From the Holdens

    Happy New Year, friends! The New Year represents to me not just a fresh start, but one more legitimate chance to give the family update that other people seem to get done before Christmas. I suspect in the future I could be the one credited with starting the tradition of sending out a Family Newsletter…

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  • For Those With No Natural Talent for Rest

    We have friends who own some acreage with a small house and barn which they use for family retreats and hunting. We got a chance to stay overnight there this week–ostensibly as part of our eldest’s birthday celebration, but especially just to get some rest and relaxation as a family. Jeremy took Jesse fishing, the…

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  • What do you do when you can’t sleep and are up in the middle of the night nibbling on a peanut butter sandwich because baby wanted a snack? Oh, just a little free writing with the Five Minute Friday prompt “Worship”… I’ve been sharing in this story how I was raised with some rather rigid religious…

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  • Of Valleys and Mountains {All Is Grace, Part 4}

    Did you ever wonder what happen to the Ethiopian Eunich after Philip disappeared into thin air? I was thinking about him the other day. Wondering how he made out. I’m assuming he went home with his new-found faith and the revelation God gave him that day on the chariot, and life was different. But was…

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  • It was not a morning I’d usually choose to rise early. It had been a hectic weekend, helping my friend, Sarah, with two performances keeping us up late into Friday and Saturday night, and then all the clean up of the rented theater on Sunday. This was Monday, the last day of my ‘vacation’ and…

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  • The second post in the series, All Is Grace. Don’t miss part 1, “Another Heart Tale”. By the time I was 21, my home business was making me enough profit that I began flying from NY to NC to visit my dear friend, Sarah, each spring for her annual Drama and Dance production. I would…

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  • I had every intention to devote my writing time this summer to completing the story of how I met and married my husband. Ya’ll have been begging for me to finish that cliff hanger, and I certainly desire to do so—it’s been one of the most enjoyable things I’ve written. (I’ve even mapped out all…

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  • Life is like sifting for gold…you spend day after day doing a lot of monotonous stuff, when suddenly a little gem shows up, making the whole day (or even month!) bright and worth it all. When I took my blogging break, I realized the two things I missed most were telling stories and sharing with…

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  • When Your Soul Needs Splinting

    As a wannabe runner with a few {slow} 5k’s under my belt, I often have questions about my new hobby. When I do, I call a more experienced friend of mine. Such was the case last month when a pain in my foot persisted past the usual soreness one would expect from running for the…

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  • You know those things called seasons?

    May is always a tricky month for me. I think many of you who live in colder climates can relate. May is when the weather finally begins to moderate, and though we love it, it always brings an interesting challenge: how to adjust our daily rhythm to include as much outside time as possible! (photos are all…

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  • In Which I’m Late All Day and It All Turns Out OK

    Thanks for your enthusiastic response to the direction the Lord is leading my blogging this summer! All requests have received due notice, creative juices are beginning to ooze, and I can hardly wait for all the writing time I’ll find when I unplug in just. Eight. More. Days! And? I have a story for you…

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  • Getting Intentional About Community {And an Invitation for You!}

    One Monday a month, I rush to get dinner ready by 5pm, and as soon as my husband gets in the door from work, I grab my purse and a plate full of dinner, kiss my babies, and head out the door. I drive 45 min. to my dear friend and mentor September’s house and…

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  • Analog Weekend Experiment

    Because I took the weekend off of social media, I’m sure you all are dying to know what I’ve been up to. Because I took the weekend off social media, I’m especially chatty, with all kinds of randomness bubbling up inside of me, begging to be blogged, so I shall oblige you. Hayley gave me…

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