How and Why I Organize My Digital Photos

20,836. That’s the number of digital photos I had at this time last year. In order to come up with that figure, I had to add up the number of photos stored on my phone, external hard drive, random SD cards, my husband’s phone, our laptops, the iPad, and my DSLR. They were everywhere! And when it…

Seasons Come and Seasons Go

Seasons are God’s way of breathing expectation, delight, wonder, hope, and renewal into my soul. Each one brings with it some beauty and joy not known or experienced in the one preceding it. Nature bears this cycle elegantly and with strength. The hills don’t shiver and shake, resenting the snowy blanket of Winter, the daffodil…

Deep Mercy

Friday it begins. Softly at first, slowly, then steadily it builds. Flakes fall, millions of tiny prophecies of what’s to come. Individually they fall, collectively they build, together they form the unfolding story. Swirling they dance in time to a rhythm set by the Artist who crafted them and stirred them up into being, not…

New Year’s Letter 2015

Dear friends and family, Before 2016 gets too far underway and the memories of 2015 fade, I wanted to recount our family’s experiences, travels, mishaps, and milestones. Being able to sit down and catch up with each of you in your own living rooms is a deep heart-wish of mine, but knowing how unlikely that…

Edmund’s Birth Story

Waddling around Ikea, picking out furniture for our new house, and lingering extra long, “testing” out all the options to sneak in a bit of rest for my 40+ week pregnant body – that’s how our day began. Well our day began with donuts, but we’ll just skip that part. We had become first-time home-owners…

Edisto Island with the Hindmans

7 days. 27 people. 2 houses. 4 bathrooms. 3 meals a day. 1 epic family vacation. When I first met the Hindman family, I figured I could handle the crowd, having grown up in a family of 7 kids myself. And while the noise didn’t scare me away, the bond these grown-up siblings had did…

Dear Baby + What’s in My Hospital Bag

Not long little one. Not much longer now. It’s been 8 months since I first knew of you, first danced because of you. And in those 8 months we’ve walked through so much together, daddy keeping watch all along, big sister marveling at your visible wriggles and jumps. Those jumps and wriggles, what comforts and…

Capturing Home: Writing and Authenticity on Social Media

Capturing Home is a mini blog series exploring the rich beauty of home in the midst of the everyday mess, routine, and joy of life. Throughout the series, we’ll cover the freedom of embracing the ordinary, the purpose of place, and the practical ways we can capture home with the art of photography and words. Catch up on…

Simple Meals that are Toddler Approved

Several years ago I realized I was overworking myself when it came to preparing 4 course dinners every night. Not only was I worn out from it, but our budget was over-stretched, we were eating more food than we really needed, and our evenings weren’t as relaxed and family focused as they could be. So…

A Block Party for Peace

Block parties are a thing around here in Baltimore city. Throughout the summer and early autumn, you’ll hear the music blaring and see the bounce houses inflating here and there on various weekends throughout the season. Kids flock to the activities, middle-schoolers and adults alike bust dance moves that I only ever dream of trying….