10% Heavyweight

I could lie and say I purposefully marked my calendar to plant all the things on Earth Day, but I didn’t. It was pure happenstance working out that way. My husband & I spent Easter with his family and my green-thumbed father-in-law gifted me with three eggplant seedlings, two cherry tomato plants and two Roma…

Spanning Decades

My office is a short commute from where I live… approximately 15 steps upstairs. It was one of the first things that drew us to this house: separate workspaces for both my husband and myself, plus extra room for guests. There are days when I stop to drink it all in. I am doing what…

Joy Rebel

There’s a childhood song that bounced around my head the other day: “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, down in my heart. (Where?) Down in my heart! (Where?) Down in my heart!” It made me sit a minute and wrestle with the word that’s held so much meaning for me this year. As I’ve shared…

On the Hunt for Lovely

Hi. My name is Amanda and I am Annie Downs‘ #1 fan. With every word she writes, I want to call her up and invite her to dinner because we have so much in common and I feel like we would be the best of friends. In a totally non-creepy way, of course. After finishing…

A Godwink Birthday

I woke up in my own Tennessee bed this morning after spending Thanksgiving in Alabama and my birthday in Georgia. Leading up to the holiday, I started a study on Giving Thanks — in joy, in sorrow and suffering, in work, in rest, in plenty and in want. Through this, I’ve learned that Thanksgiving isn’t…

An Honest Conversation

Every year around our anniversary, the man that married my husband and I will call to check in. I have known him most of my life, plus he’s a fellow creative, so it feels far less like a pastor calling and much more like catching up with an old friend. He asked how I was…

Spark and Sponge

Fall (my absolute favorite time of year) finally started showing its face last week so my husband and I ventured out on the lake over the weekend to soak up the last bits of sun and marvel that October is already upon us. “I mean, think about everything you’ve been through these past ten months!”…