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Yay!!!! It’s the first day of Star From Afar and the star is hidden! I can’t wait for the kids to get home from school and start hunting for it. Don’t hate, but the elf on a shelf is creepy to me. Actually, all dolls are, so I LOOOOVE this alternative Natalie Ard came up with.

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Favorite Books of 2016

Would you believe that I’ve read, and adore ALL of these books! I’m so thankful to live in a day in age where I can glean from the stories and lessons of other women.  Some of my favorites that aren’t pictured because I soaked them up on Audible are Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by @everybitterthingissweet & If You Find This Letter by @hannahbrencher .  Just wanted to pass this on to all of my sweet friends!

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It’s HERE, It’s HERE!!!!! I can’t even get over the journey God has taken our family on in creating the Adventures With Archer  journals over the past few years. Seeing this vision come to life in the form of new children’s Advent journal makes my heart smile.

The orchard is a fruitful wonderland right now.  Yet months ago was barren branches cut down beyond recognition.  Proof that God brings life to places that seem the most hopeless.I think He made seasons to show us how much He delights in making all things new.#karenwrites

The orchard is a fruitful wonderland right now. Yet months ago was barren branches cut down beyond recognition. Proof that God brings life to places that seem the most hopeless.I think He made seasons to show us how much He delights in making all things new.

Join the conversation and let me know what things God is making new for you in this season on our Instagram.

I bought this sign a few months ago as a visual representation of my hearts declaration.  I needed the reset.  The in my face choice to see the incredible blessings laced through my story that fill up my days.  And I

I bought this sign a few months ago as a visual representation of my hearts declaration. I needed the reset. The in my face choice to see the incredible blessings laced through my story that fill up my days. And I’m so thankful.

If I’m going to be honest, this past decade has been hellish. Of course there have been incredibly amazing things also, but at times it almost felt as though the pain was suffocating all of the good around me. I couldn’t experience the blessings because my heart was blinded and bound up.

This past year God’s began leading us out of those woods. Bringing peace to the pain, and returning joy to our hearts. After hanging out with my husband, and Joseph Dalton this last week this sign is flooded with new meaning. Not only are these truly the good ol days, but God truly knits purpose in all of the pain. If we make the choice to allow Jesus into those tough places, He alone can use what the enemy meant to destroy us, to instead, propel us further into our calling.

Heartache is a beautiful opportunity. We can either shut down, or rise up and show the world, they aren’t alone.

After 11 years of mothering and tending to needs, upon needs, upon needs, my soul feels tired and my body weary.God has infused me with his graces, and is using these this season to speak warmly to my heart about the need to tending my own heart, and body.  And it

After 11 years of mothering and tending to needs, upon needs, upon needs, my soul feels tired and my body weary.God has infused me with his graces, and is using these this season to speak warmly to my heart about the need to tending my own heart, and body. And it’s been so freeing.I’ve spent more time in this bed this week because me and the baby have strep, but God has used it so much. He’s showing me the fruit of my labor in my daughter bringing me tea, and my son doing the dishes. He’s taught me that the whole world won’t fall apart if I am not there to juggle it.I’m simply allowing for others to fill in the gaps and rise to use their own giftings. It’s a bit of passing the baton to the older ones that they are equipped, and empowered, and able to make food, and be trusted to get along when I can’t always put it back together.This week has been so hard as I am used to doing all the things, but it has also been so good, as I’m reminded by our loving Father that I wasn’t ever designed to do all of the things. He has woven a village around me to carry what I can’t. In my own kids, and my friends who’ve turned family beyond these walls. I’m just so thankful for villages. And grace. Always grace.

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I haven’t been strong lately. Or super faithful for that matter. Gods silence in my pleading has caused me to pause and wonder in ways that haven’t come to the surface in quite some time.But last night I dove head first into @angiesmith19 ‘s #seamlessbiblestudy and was rocked to the core. I’m not usually a bible study gal, but when things were put in a context I could actually understand I became fascinated.What hit me most was the blind obedience by so many men and women of Faith. Without explanation, understanding, or details, Abraham, Noah, Hagar, and many others just obeyed. They acted.They didn’t wait for everything to be lined out perfectly, or make sure they had a cushion of comfort on the other side of their faith step, they just went. And you know what? God came through, just like He said He would.As I continue in a season of waiting, sometimes the silence is suffocating, and the doubting debilitates me.The holding pattern gets me to feel like God won’t actually come through, and that the season is forever.But that’s simply not true. He is always working. Even the desert is a part of His plan. When Joseph’s brothers came to get grain, he embraced them, and told them that even him being sold into slavery was Gods divine hand. How encouraging is that?!?!? Whatever we are facing, God is in it. Whatever we are waiting on, God is working.So lets lift our eyes not on today, but to the Maker of today. And thank Him so much for showing up. Even when we can’t see Him. We know He’s there, working on our behalf.Lettering & photo by my dearest @jordanne__marie