Ten years ago, I started a blog because a dream died. I was a new mom to baby #2 Caleb & three year old Josh who didn’t nap. I was exhausted and sleep-deprived with no time or energy to barely function. I felt lost & discouraged.
I couldn’t do anything else other than nurse the baby, change diapers, read Thomas the Train a gazillion times, cut up snacks and survive the Bermuda Triangle hours of meltdowns that always happened before Eric came home from work at night.
Not only that, an online baby business I tried to launch to help bring the family income as a stay-at-home mom tanked in the 2008 market crash (yep, I designed designer baby shopping cart covers!). I went from selling 10 shopping cart covers a day to ZERO in one day and towers of boxes stacked to the ceiling filled my living room and bedroom. I lost hard-earned money that made me feel sick with guilt. I felt like a failure.
My pre-mom self and my dreams were in tatters.
But, God takes our broken dreams to make something beautiful.
I was bawling my eyes out one night, when Eric said, “You like to write. Why don’t you start a blog? All those journals in your closet – why don’t you put it online. Maybe you can help someone?” I didn’t think anyone would read it. Little did I know, out of writing blog posts that took days to craft in 20 min spurts (one Blues Clues episode), 25K of you have joined me in this space & subscribed to the blog!
I have wanted to quit SO MANY TIMES. But God’s love intervened – through YOU!!! You kept supporting me, kept telling me through comments that what I was writing was encouraging and lifting you up.
Your comments were my lifeline. I’m not being overly sentimental when I say you are my true sisters-in-Christ, because God knew words are my love language. Your words healed and kept me brave and strong to keep writing!
Your support as readers made me an author. I am so grateful, because of you reading my books and recommending them, I’ve authored two books Finding Spiritual Whitespace and Whispers of Rest, as I healed from panic attacks & anxiety. Now, I’m writing Book #3! Who has readers like that?
And with all the information we’re inundated with nowadays, I’m honored and grateful you choose to be here!
Let’s celebrate God’s faithfulness and His unconditional love to all of us, in brokenness and in beauty. For in God’s heart, we are His beloved!
“His faithful love endures forever.”
1 Chronicles 16:34
YOU ARE LOVED
HEART NECKLACE & PROMISE BOX
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!
Thanks for everyone’s loving words & celebrating! Congrats to winners Jan, Melissa, Susan and Bethany! I’ve contacted the winners via email!
To celebrate, I am giving away to **FOUR WINNERS**:
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This gift reflects my passion in 10 years of blogging and books: to nourish your soul with words as God’s beloved: You are Loved!
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