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Midwinter midweek

A few words from Charles Spurgeon about growth and the state of our hearts:Good growth takes place upwards and downwards at the same time. Am I rooted in sincere fidelity and love to Jesus? If my heart remains unsoftened and unfertilized by grace, the good seed may germinate for a season, but it must ultimately wither, for it cannot flourish on a rocky, unbroken, unsanctified heart.We're settling into January over here. As I mentioned in a recent post, we're not in "transition-mode" for the first time in a long time...

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Seasons of the soul

There are times, unbeknownst to me, when the seasons change without me taking notice: a chill settles into the air, buds form on trees, or mornings bring warmer temperatures and the change is so subtle that I barely notice it.  But there are also moments when I'm acutely aware of the change of the seasons. Those are the moments when it feels like spring (or summer, fall, winter) has arrived. I looked up the lyrics to a song recently, and realized that I misheard the words...

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Decking the hall(s) of our one-bedroom apartment

We enjoy apartment life, for the most part. For now, it works well for us to have a small, essentially maintenance-free home. That said, we still want to keep it cozy but not cluttered when the holidays roll around—partaking in festive decorations without having huge bins of decorations to store. So we keep things simple: a twinkly tree (ornament-free for this life stage), a lit vase with lights and glass ornaments on the kitchen counter, a string of lights on our headboard, a mistletoe pillow cover, and a few snowflakes on the bulletin board...

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My summer beauty routine

Summer officially starts today, or tonight, if we're being technical. But realistically, it's felt summery-ish for a few months now. I'm calling this a post about "my summer beauty routine," in Austin, it's my hottest-six-months-of-the-year-routine. I'm hardly an authority on beauty and makeup, but I thought it would be kind of fun to share my very low-maintenance beauty routine for most days...

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A rainy February day

There's nothing particularly special about today, the sixth of February. But it's also a really nice day. I'm sure you've had unexpected nice, normal days like that too? We slept in, and when I did wake up, it was to the sound of rain outside our bedroom window. We made aeropress coffee and warmed up PB oatmeal and leftover bacon...

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