Archives for October 2014

31 days series

Wrapping Up a Beauty Full Month {Day 31}

A month ago I wrote these words: This year the word Beauty keeps surfacing. The kind of beauty that defies darkness. The kind that offers hope. The kind of beauty that is all around us, but that we so often miss. I am cautious as I write, lest you think I am speaking of a […]


Beauty of Glory and a Sleeping Boy {Day 30}

He is sound asleep. I sit at the edge of his bed for a while. I am completely captured by him. One of those moments where deep down to your bones you feel a mothers love. So complete, so beyond yourself. My relationship with my son has much joy and laughter. Oh, but it also […]

Pumpkins and Legacy

The Beauty of Legacy and Pumpkins {Day 29}

  We sat at Caribou Coffee. The one in White Bear Lake. Holding back the frustration of our day not going the way intended. When my dad said: “It’s not about the pumpkin.” I don’t know when the tradition had started. Maybe it was when I was ten. I remember my mom was in the […]


Beauty of the Body of Christ {Day 28}

How beautiful the hands that served The wine and the bread and the sons of the earth How beautiful the feet that walked The long dusty roads and the hill to the cross How beautiful, how beautiful How beautiful is the body of Christ How beautiful the heart that bled That took all my sin […]

Connected Beauty

Connected Beauty {Day 27}

If you have been following along, you know that on Mondays during this series, I have been posting what I’ve called Connected Beauty. Seeing beauty in our everyday lives through the lens of others. Here’s the introduction I included the first Monday: Once upon a time Rob and I both took a Strength Finders test […]


Beauty in the City {Day 26}

She was a little girl running in the corn fields of her grandparent’s Midwestern farm. She became a young woman in a small New England town. And then the cities called. Boston and Chicago. Minneapolis and Seattle. She knows she’s a bit of both. Her grounding and her soaring. He nurtures and He challenges. Life surprises. […]


Beauty in Vocabulary Words {Day 25}

“My mom is very beautiful.” I keep hearing his words. An innocence. A trust. “Mama today we played a game at school. When we were called on we had to use our vocabulary word in a sentence. I got beautiful.” I know that many seven-year olds would say the same when asked to use their […]

Beauty manifesto

Beauty Manifesto {Day 24}

I will dare to bring beauty to a world of gray. I will dare to live in the messy middle, where courage and hope come alive. I will dare to be myself, even when voices say I’m not enough. I will dare to color outside the lines when redemption is at stake. I will dare […]


Beauty in Music {Day 23}

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.”  – Dietrich Bonhoeffer We were sitting around our living room last night and I asked if anyone wanted to write my post for today. I loved the topic […]

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Beauty in Art {Day 22}

We have a painting in our house. It is a woman, tenderly holding a baby, standing at the edge of the ocean. We bought it on our honeymoon- a beautiful combination of our island vacation and the dreams for the future. It holds more meaning to me than the average person looking at it. For […]

Beauty of words

Beauty of Words {Day 21}

This afternoon I stared at the sheer volume of books on our bookshelves. I love books. My husband loves books. We’ve got a lot of books. And I thought of all those words and ideas and opinions held in those friends. I have taken in lots of words over my life. Written words. Spoken words. […]

Joleen apples

Connected Beauty {Day 20}

Day 20! That means we are 2/3 of the way there. Which seems like a good time to check in on my focus. When I started this journey, the idea was to write for 31 days on seeing beauty in our everyday, doing dishes, going to work kind of life. Together we have seen beauty […]