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Decorate Your July Desktop!

Decorate Your July Desktop!

I had the marketing call for my new book It All Began in a Garden last week and I was a little nervous. {You're going to FLIP over the pre-order bonuses!!} COVID threw life into a tailspin—we all get that—but I imagined I’d done everything all wrong already. (Is this...

Regaining Your Sense of Peace at (in)courage

Regaining Your Sense of Peace at (in)courage

I’m almost embarrassed to admit what prompted me to set foot in a grocery store again after two months of home delivery. It wasn’t increased feelings of security about entering public places or statistics about a decrease in COVID-19 cases in my area.  It was queso —...

June’s Desktop Calendar & Thoughts on the Golden Rule

June’s Desktop Calendar & Thoughts on the Golden Rule

A few years ago we planted two magnolia trees, one on each side of our front yard. I remember the large magnolia whose branches hung low over the wooden fence of my childhood home and how people sometimes knocked at our door and asked to cut a few blooms for a...

DIY Insect Repellant

DIY Insect Repellant

Spring has arrived but unfortunately so have the insects! If you'd like to enjoy the outdoors with fewer pests, try this DIY insect repellent using natural, plant-based ingredients. No DEET! When I made individual spray bottles for my teens to take to camp one summer,...

Going Through the Five Stages of Grief  in a Global Pandemic

Going Through the Five Stages of Grief in a Global Pandemic

In the ten and a half years I’ve written for (in)courage, never have I thought so much about how the world in general — and admittedly my world in particular — could change between the day I submit my words and the day you read them.  Life under a shelter-at-home...

Easter Dogwood Images for You

Easter Dogwood Images for You

I photographed some dogwood blooms on at a local park on our last day before Georgia's shelter-at-home took effect. When I uploaded the images to Lightroom at home, I rediscovered a batch of dogwood images I took in 2014 and added text for Easter. Honestly, I don't...

Download April’s Desktop Calendar!

Download April’s Desktop Calendar!

This virus may keep us home, but it can't stop the spring! I took a walk through my neighborhood recently to enjoy the freshness and color of the season, if not the pollen count. Unfortunately, you can't have one without the other. As of Friday evening, we are under a...

Five Thoughts for Mothers of Teens at (in)courage

Five Thoughts for Mothers of Teens at (in)courage

When a topic pops up continually in conversation or often catches my attention online, I wonder if it’s the Holy Spirit nudging me to write about it for others who are in the same place. Many of my friends and I are parenting teens, with fewer years of children living...

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