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It’s been said good things come in small packages and that was definitely the case for these new parents. Baby Stella came a full month early in a tiny 5lb. package of pure sweetness. We had only gotten this beautiful new mama’s maternity photos done a week before she found herself heading to the hospital for delivery. But…

Dear A, It’s been said we look alike. It’s also been said we act alike (mostly by your father, but he knows us the best, so I guess he could be right.) And if your mix of fire and grit with a generous helping of compassion and tenderness are in me in any trace, I’ll take…

  • Jennifer Jones Parsons

    I love how you express what your heart feels!! This blesses my heart and encourages me in motherhood! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Sabra Penley

    The most precious writing a mom can do is to pour out her heart to her little ones and tell them what they mean to her and what God can do. This brought tears to my eyes, Meredith. I know that when your precious little one reads your heart years down the road, your words will become a precious treasure to her. And they will always be a reminder of the Precious Treasure we have in the Lord. So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  “This is my favorite summer,” I confessed to my cattleman over a bowl of vanilla ice cream melting under the weight of just-out-of-the-oven blackberry cobbler. “Why,” he asked,“because of playing in the creek and picking blackberries every day the past two weeks?”  “Yes, just exactly because of that,” I concurred. Because really, is there any better…

  • […] post, Sometimes Your Best Summer Isn’t  the Sum of Your Vacations will give you a peek at the things she cherishes and invite you to take a […]ReplyCancel

  • So much yes to all of this, friend. God is teaching me more and more that a full life is not the sum of stuff- whether on our schedule, in our home or in our bank accounts. A full life is life spent in Him and through Him, period. Love you and your words. Thanks for spilling them here. 🙂 xoxoReplyCancel

  • Karen Brown

    This is just what I needed to hear, Meredith. To live full in my calling – to lean in to whatever He has for me there. I love these words of yours: “In not seeing me for who God created me to be, I’ve not allowed myself to BE who He created me to be.” And I love how God made you, friend.ReplyCancel

    • And I love how you love me. That sounds cliche and corny, but truly. You always say just the right thing to encourage me to keep going and writing and being. <3 Love you, Karen, and leaning in with you. xoReplyCancel

  • Betsy DeCruz

    Yes to this: “What if we all took a minute to step outside of our “role” and into our “calling”?1 What if we all took the time to seek God for what our calling truly is?” Your words speak to me today, friend. I haven’t exactly had the summer of my dreams, but it’s been good. Very. good. Thanks for your encouragement.ReplyCancel

    • And that’s all that matters…you’ve taken what you’ve been given and chosen to see the beauty in it. Perhaps that is what makes the times of less than, actually times of more than. <3 Love you lady!ReplyCancel

  • Christi Gee

    To live on purpose, we have to grasp what our purpose is. That is gold.

    What wisdom here. As a recovering “find my purpose in the busy” mom, I can so relate to all you describe.

    May the remaining moments of your sweet summer be full-in!

    Found you via Deb Wolf’s feature on Blessing Counter linkupReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much for stopping by Christi! You are not alone in your “find my purpose in the busy” mindset…it creeps back up more often than I care to admit. But God. But Grace. <3 So thankful for his never-ending love and patience. Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, as well and find moments to live full-in, too. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kela Yvette Nellums

    Summer for me this year has been a comfortable “unsettling”. Those two terms together may not make any sense, but its like…nothing has been normal this Summer. Our son-in-law has been working with my husband all summer; meaning that my daughter and grandson spend the days with us. All of the other children have had to learn to deal with the unsettling of getting used to their oldest sibling being back in the house. It looks like you know what I’m talking about! haha!
    We’ve also experienced new ministry opportunities and I’m constantly telling my idle spirit to not feel overwhelmed.
    My husband is getting more jobs and I’m learning to not spend everything that comes in! 😉
    We’ve asked God for the next level, and it requires unsettling…but at the same time, I find so much comfort in it!ReplyCancel

    • Yes, I totally get this Kela! I feel the very same way…comfortably unsettled…and yet some day, not so comfortably. You are right, when we ask to go the next level with God, it can be overwhelming. Praying for us both to remain focused on Him always and only in whatever comes next. And to see the beauty in every single step. Thank you for being here! <3ReplyCancel

  • Sabra Penley

    This word was needed today, sweet friend, and it affirms what God has been saying to me. Your writing is so beautiful and full of God’s truth. Hugs!ReplyCancel

    • That makes my heart smile the biggest, to think God would use me to affirm something deep in you. That is icing on the cake, friend. Love you so. <3ReplyCancel

  • Summer for me this year has been a comfortable “unsettling”. Those two terms together may not make any sense, but its like…nothing has been normal this Summer. Our son-in-law has been working with my husband all summer; meaning that my daughter and grandson spend the days with us. All of the other children have had to learn to deal with the unsettling of getting used to their oldest sibling being back in the house. It looks like you know what I’m talking about! haha!
    We’ve also experienced new ministry opportunities and I’m constantly telling my idle spirit to not feel overwhelmed.
    My husband is getting more jobs and I’m learning to not spend everything that comes in! wink emoticon
    We’ve asked God for the next level, and it requires unsettling…but at the same time, I find so much comfort in it!ReplyCancel

  • This is such a BIG post, friend and there is so much goodness here. You are describing more than just a summer, you’re laying out a shift in perspective, a new way of life. I pray what you’ve seen and lived and found in God spills over into the everyday paces of the ordinary days. This is a post I know I’ll come back to you, but you probably will too. These words give us permission to embrace the moments instead of constantly watching for the next. You inspire me to slow and friend, today that’s just a downright miracle! Let’s remember these words when old habits and ways rear their head. Good stuff, lovely…just love, love, love when it pours out of you this way!! xoxoReplyCancel

    • You always bless me in the big and small ways, Tiffany. <3 Yes, I think this is a shift in perspective, and a new way of life. I so appreciate your encouragement to keep these words at heart when the old habits come calling…as they will. I’ll be praying for us both in these new seasons…physically, emotionally and spiritually…to keep the faith and dig in deeper than ever before to our only source of strength and grace that gives us the same to give. Love you girl!ReplyCancel

  There are times I look in the mirror and don’t recognize who I see. Somewhere in the midst of all the bottom-wiping, tear-drying, clothes-folding, dish-scrubbing and day-to-day of life I’ve changed. Physically. Emotionally. Spiritually.Changed. I feel older. I look older. Life is catching up with me and as hard as I go, it seems…

  • Betsy at Faith Spilling Over

    Just reading this now, Meredith. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love this graphic. I’ve been enjoying and benefiting from the Pointed Life devos I’m able to read.ReplyCancel

  • To know then, what we know now…I often wonder how the landscape would have changed. The days go by quickly and I know how you feel … Is there a place with my name on it that I’m somehow missing? But the growth, the lessons learned, even the pain – they are all a product of journeying closer to Him – to finding that place of peace and contentment. He is our place – amen! This is not home and the longer I walk with Him the more I realize that my purpose is more of Him. On the days when I can fix my heart on that, there is freedom. On the days I try and wiggle myself into places I don’t belong…not so much. Love your heart, sweet friend. Grateful we travel together.ReplyCancel

    • “This is not home and the longer I walk with Him the more I realize that my purpose is more of Him.” Those are words to live by, Tiffany! Our purpose is truly more of Him. To draw closer to Him, be filled with more of Him, that we can give more of Him and repeat. So glad we are on this journey together, too, friend. <3ReplyCancel

  • Karen Brown

    Ahhhh… “The journey is our place” This is so what I need to learn. Yes, there will be a day of redemption, but God is bringing heaven and Himself to us every time we submit to what He has to offer. When it seems like Christmases collide, we need a safe, slow place to rest. In Christ is our place. This is so beautifully written and encouraging, friend. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Glad to be journeying together, friend. And hopeful for the day the journey ends and we are complete in Him forever. <3ReplyCancel

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