I Feel A New Thing Stirring

Hello sweet friends! It's Friday night, and this homebody is enjoying a glass of wine by the fire while today's sunshine gives way to a sprinkling of sleet. Can I just say out loud that a solid week of sunshine does wonders?!?! I've been taking insane amounts of Vitamin D all winter long, but nothing beats God's natural medicine!

God has given me a lot more than sunshine to heal my heart these days. He really is doing a new thing, and I'm finally perceiving it! I'd love to share more, but the craziest thing keeps happening as I open this blog and start writing: my words just don't feel like they belong here anymore.

Oh, I'll keep writing, that's for sure. Words are like the air I breathe! And I'll hunt for beauty as long as I'm living. It feels like God's love language to me.

So what am I saying? I think a new blog is on the horizon. More beauty and more of my heart journey. I think God has even given me the name. I just didn't realize it until today! 

Friends, do you know how crazy this is for me?!?! I'm not exactly the girl who embraces change and newness. Hello?!?! My business logo has been the same for a decade, and this blog has been the same for 4 1/2 years, and I've quite liked my lack of change! So when I say something new is on the horizon and I'm actually saying YES to it, you know God is up to something!

Before I go, I have to share this post by Jennifer at You Are My Girls. Reading her writing is so often like reading my own heart. I've never met her, but I'm pretty sure we're kindred spirits! So if you need a good dose of deep and real, go read Jennifer's blog. And if you want to hear words from God's heart to yours, subscribe to "Loop." I'm in awe every time I read it. {Thank you for sharing your brave and beautiful heart, Jennifer!}

Happy weekend! 

P.S. So happy you liked the video of Aslan and Bella! They really are that cute every day. Makes up for all the craziness a puppy has added to my life! And THANK YOU for your kind and compassionate emails and comments. Depression and dreary weather have been hard on me this winter, but as sure as the daffodils are bursting out of the barren ground, a new thing is happening in my spirit!


Something to Make You Smile

Sweet friends, it's been awhile. Thanks to those of you who've checked in on me. Your instincts are right. Winter depression was hovering over me like a dark, heavy, wet blanket. It's the worst feeling...and leads to the very thing I don't need: isolation and withdrawal. It doesn't help that it's been the coldest winter I've ever experienced!

But that's not the end of the story. In the midst of barren, broken places, beauty is rising. And beauty will have the last word in my story! God is doing a deep work, and when I can put it into words, I hope to share.

But for today, I wanted to show you what's making me smile here on the farm. Aslan has found a best friend in Bella. Watching them will melt your heart and make you laugh out loud!

Here's the video I took on a 5 degree morning:

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And here are a few photos on the same chilly morning:

Buddy is a gentle giant and tolerates him for a few minutes...

But it's Bella who plays with him long after Buddy walks away.

She plays until he wears himself out.

Best friends.

And my sweet and sleepy Buddy.

It's a glorious Friday on the farm today: sunshine and the most crisp, clear kind of air. The kind that makes me feel like I have sharper vision. {Perfect for beauty hunting!} If there's one good thing I can say about all the dreary winter days we've had, it's that they make me appreciate the glory in a bright, sunshiny day!

Happy Friday, sweet friends!
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