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Quoteworthy – The Story

What is Quoteworthy about? Quotes? Not always. Books? One more so than others. Something that has to do with ItalyView full post »

link ups: Friday Favorites 11.04.16

I’m linking up with my friend Erika to bring your my favorites from this week…and seeing as how today IView full post »

A prayer for Tuesday: Dear Christ, My prayers have been wrong. My goal has missed the mark. My focus has not been onView full post »

We love because He first loved us.

I woke up at 1:30 this morning, unable to go back to sleep. After laying in the dark for a while, my racing mindView full post »

Newsletter: February 2016

Good morning and Happy February to each of you. We are now a year and a half into The Art of LivingView full post »

Prayers for Paris

Before I post my Thanksgiving Tablescape, I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to those abroad and statesideView full post »

Saint Francis Prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury,View full post »

Sharla Bush: Ultimate Style

When I was five years old, Sharla Bush spotted my long, blonde hair and smocked dress at church one Sunday andView full post »

happy bday taolb

Did you guys realize one year ago today was the launch of The Art of Living Beautifully? I posted two recipes forView full post »

Guest Blogger: Mimi

Mimi sitting on the front porch of the Drummond House, her childhood home in Mt. Vernon, Texas.   The following isView full post »


Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is notView full post »

New Year’s Resolve

I like the idea of a [New Year’s Resolve]. I think the stigma attached to the term New Year’s ResolutionView full post »

The T.y.n.

It is definitely the Thank You Note time of year. The Christmas Season is behind us, the mound of TYNs looms ahead likeView full post »

guest blogger: Courtney Burkholder

When Lauren asked me to blog this month about celebrating Christmas in our new home, I knew it would not be an articleView full post »

nativity: the shepherds

An elderly drifter studied the dark sapphire sky as a frigid North wind ruffled his overly long, graying hair. TheView full post »

The Mid Point

Well, it’s Friday of an incredibly long week and I think all of us are ready for the weekend. Next week I amView full post »

a change of perspective

I have a difficult time with losing perspective…especially when it comes to motherhood. I am ashamed to tellView full post »

think pink!

When James was just six months old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Until then, a part of me still held onView full post »

Full Body Prayer

I LOOK BACK TO WHEN JAMES, my oldest, was born and remember thinking, How on earth am I supposed to do this? I’mView full post »

angels in our midst

Of everything I have written to date, this piece has proved the most challenging–probably because of my desire toView full post »


Last summer, my siblings and our families rented a house on the Guadalupe River in South Texas for a long weekendView full post »

I can’t do this without you

I RECENTLY COMPLETED a wonderful Bible study by Jennie Allen called Stuck. It’s about places in our lives that weView full post »

Daddy’s Favorite Bible Verse

IN HONOR OF FATHER’S DAY, I decided to write about my father’s favorite verse from the Bible. When I askedView full post »