An Invitation to Be Beautiful

Anna Rendell for (in)courage

. . . This is grace, an invitation to be beautiful . . . We are invited, each of us, to be beautiful. To see and seek beauty in our everyday, in each other. And so our charge is not how to become more beautiful, but to ask instead: how can I add to the beauty? Does this action I’m thinking of taking add to the beauty of today, of this moment? Does this conversation with a friend add to her beauty? Will this tweet add to the beauty of my life and the lives of others, or is it just Continue Reading

Handmade for Your Littles by Chintz Petit {a Giveaway!}

Josie in Chintz Petit - a giveaway at

Our summer is drawing to a close. I'm kind of a summertime Scrooge, I know, but there's still something wistful to the chill finding its way into the evenings. There is a certain ease to the days, especially in what we all wear (mostly since I just pick my outfit up off the floor from the previous day and wear it again. Ahem.) With the two kiddos, weeks before their 'school' starts, work, and a house on the market, any kind of ease is welcome! This was our last summer with two kids - next Continue Reading

On Being a Megaphone


I've written here at Girl with Blog for nearly 8 years. I've written an ebook and edited/curated another. I've submitted words to publishers, websites and blogs. I work with words. I steep in words. I wrestle words into 140 characters. I think written words all day. And now I get to be a megaphone for the words of others. Last winter, I knew my current job was no longer a good fit for me. I'd been working with (in)courage for a while at that point, serving as coordinator of the Continue Reading

On the Everyday Ordinary We’ve Been Living


When you write from the heart, you can't force words to surface. And so it's been a week of quiet here, at the fence, but in our home it's been anything but quiet. Our house has been listed for weeks now with no offers, zero interest, all negative feedback after showings. It's been disheartening and I feel quite defeated. I'm 25 weeks pregnant with two other kidlets running amuck. Our dear nanny is heading to college (tomorrow's her last day with us) and the kids school doesn't start for Continue Reading

Enjoy Your Life! {guest post from Kayse Pratt}

Enjoy Your Life ||

Once in a while I like to open the fence gate, allowing some new voices to join the chorus of encouragement shared here. The internet has led me to so many good things, not the least of which have been dear friends like Kayse Pratt. She and I have been connected for a couple years and I adore her honesty and grace. And girl can make me LAUGH. She also inspires me to become more organized, as planners, planning and organizing her time are some of her spiritual gifts (and not so much mine.) She Continue Reading

on Five Minute Friday: here

#fiveminutefriday at

Linking up with Five Minute Friday at Kate Motaung's place. The rules: write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking – then visit other ladies who have linked up. Hop over to Kate’s to find out the full scoop behind FMF, and to visit other posts that were freely written in just five minutes. This weeks prompt: here GO: Here is where we moved boxes off a U-haul the night before Thanksgiving, snow falling around as we laughed and carried boxes in the dark. Continue Reading