Spilled Out

This year has been a challenge for everyone for so many different reasons. Covid, quarantine, masks, virtual school, changed routines… the list goes on and on… but I am super proud of our daughters and how they have not just “survived” this school year- they have THRIVED! My oldest is a senior and my youngest […]

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Available

One morning I woke up and I knew that the Lord was asking me to do something. When this happens, I am on a mission… obsessed with completing whatever the “thing” is the Lord wants me to do. This “thing” was getting the Covid vaccine. I will admit to you that I was on the […]

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Julievision

I have been listening to a great online course on overthinking by Jon Acuff. In one of the sessions he talked about having empathy for others- as well as for yourself. He describes empathy as “caring about the things that the people you care about care about”. This really resonates with me. My husband and […]

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The Greatest present

My first baby turned 18 this past Monday. All she wanted was to go to IKEA to get a desk (and a few other “must haves”).   She asked me a few weeks ago if I would take her. I said “Hmm…. let me think about it…”, but I already knew the answer 🙂 That […]

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Presents

the greatest gift is your presence Last week was my husband’s birthday. I admit that I am not a good “gift giver”. It’s not that I don’t enjoy giving gifts, or purchasing things for others- it’s the pressure of looking for that perfect thing- the one that will make someone feel like the king (or […]

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If only I’d known

As we sat down to dinner at the dining room table, I couldn’t wait to eat. Any meal I don’t have to cook is a good one, and I had picked up Chinese take out for all of us. I got one of my favorite meals- chicken with cashew nuts. Honestly, the only thing I […]

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Open my eyes

One evening last week, my voice student became MY teacher. It had been a busy day-but a good one! I began to play the song we were working on, and I noticed my student had fixed her gaze on the wall above the door. “What are you staring at?” I asked her, curiously. “The clock! […]

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My house

It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years since my husband and I packed up and moved to Charlottesville with our 1 year old daughter. I never imagined we would move away from our hometown, but literally everything fell into place and it just felt like that was where God wanted us to be. I […]

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seeds

This past Sunday, as I sat down at the keyboard on the stage at church, I noticed something on the keys.  There was some kind of seed resting on middle C.  A sunflower seed perhaps? The strange thing is- I NEVER eat on the stage at church, and don’t recall seeing anyone else eat either. […]

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the missed list

I miss seeing the random smiles  of strangers  striking up conversations of  commonalities and enjoying a  moment of connection  I miss the warm embrace of  a friendly hug- the one that makes me  instantly feel like you’re a part of my  family  I miss the naiveté of going about  our daily lives without thinking that […]

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