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Yes, I'm alive!

Oh hello, friend!

I've been a little off the radar this summer and you may have noticed right away that something seems different... Well, a few somethings are different. The most obvious to you is that I redesigned my website. As I create SquareSpace sites for clients and explore new templates and functionalities, I get the itch to update my own. So, welcome to the new and improved! It's simple because I like to keep things simple, but I like it a little better than the version prior. And I'm sure I'll like the next update better than this one, but for now we're going to enjoy what you see in front of you, k?

We moved into our planted house in July! It was a whirlwind five days but we're in and every day in awe that we've been so blessed. If you're curious to see what it looks like and the daily happenings in our new digs, you should follow me on Instagram!

Let's see, what else is new?

I'm obsessed with Rachel Hollis. Her podcast. Her couples podcast. Her book. Anyone else with me?


Cora and I took a road trip last weekend to Richmond, VA for my younger sister's baby shower. Her baby boy is due on October 31st so we refer to him as "Baby Boo". It was nice to be somewhere unusual, even as quick as it was. I, of course, listened to Rachel Hollis podcasts to pass the drive time. 

Over the summer, I wrapped a website build, an email campaign and a brand relaunch set of brand descriptions and statements. And that's just with the side hustle. 

At my corporate job, I've been eyeballs deep in leading our content creation, including marketing and social, project management and marketing education. My days are a blur and consist of everything from explaining website funnels to audience targeting to value propositions to brand awareness. 

I'm fulling immersed in worship leading again, a passion that was a flicker in my heart for the couple of years after Cora was born. It can be time consuming but I've come to learn that if you love something enough, the time spent isn't a burden at all. 

Enough about me, I'd love to know one thing that's new with you! Drop a comment, girlfriend, and let's both catch up ;)

Cora Lively turns two

How. How is she turning two today. 

She's smart, independent, spirited, loving and observant. She loves Moana and Minnie Mouse, church and her daddy. She rubs her eyes and grows sleepy the moment I start to sing her a nighttime lullaby and begs me to see pictures and watch videos of her friends and family on social media. 

Cora Lively means "heart full of life." My prayer for her has been that her love for life would be contagious. By the way she waves, smiles, high-fives, blows kisses and dances for every person she comes across on planet earth, this gift is already being lived out. 

She has a future filled with faithfulness, joy and influence. But for now, I'll just cuddle my confident, self-assured, infectious two-year-old and celebrate the light she's brought to my world for two whole years. 

When life is what you signed up for

In my teen years, I read the biographies of missionaries like Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Jim and Elizabeth Elliot and Lottie Moon, and ask God to help me be as bold and sacrificial with my life as they were. I thought it would lead to exotic missions somewhere foreign like India or Kazakstan. At the very least, I thought I would do something dramatic for a few years, then maybe settle down to a more "normal" American lifestyle. 

As fate would have it, I went to college straight out of high school, grabbed my first real world job close to home and then met and married Philip. Those early dreams of being bold and sacrificial faded as I skipped dramatic and went straight for mundane - or did they? 

Today, I'm experiencing the busiest and fullest phase of life yet. With Philip working for Elevation Church, myself working full-time, raising our daughter and still managing to keep up passions like running, couple's counseling (now that Philip is ordained, we are doing more and more pre-marital and it's the BEST), worship leading and, obviously, side hustling this brand writer thing, life has never been more demanding. But to us, it doesn't feel demanding. It feels full, overflowing and filling.

In the past year, we counseled three couples preparing for marriage. Last weekend, I held Cora as we watched Philip baptize two children. A couple weekends ago, after singing during worship, I got to watch from the stage as a man overwhelmed by emotion raised his hand indicating he had accepted Jesus as his savior. And, the company I work for is all about community transformation and spreading the gospel, which means I am able to lean on a ministry mindset for what I do there too. 

I used to think being used by God was supposed to look like cleaning orphans' faces or Bible translation in a distant land, but now I see that God is using me just as powerfully to demonstrate what John Piper meant by not wasting your life in a place where ambition, wealth, comfort and leisure steal so much potential. If the way I live challenges someone to pursue Christ more, especially to the point of some sacrifice, that's what motivates me through an extra long day. 

Whenever I start to think it's all too much or unfair or too limiting to our leisure time, I think back to those early prayers for God to help me leave this earth wrung out from every eternity-focused act I was able to do. And then it dawns on me; this is that life. The extra commitments, the full weekends, the ministry to individuals in addition to the crowds - that's what sacrifice looks like. I can't resent what I prayed for. I signed up for this.