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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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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How you doin’?

As Joey from my favorite sitcom, Friends, would say- “How YOU doin’?” I have written lots of half posts but haven’t actually “published” one in a while. It’s kind of funny, because we used to be so busy- with work, taking kids here there and everywhere, after school activities… in fact eating meals as a […]

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more than a feeling

focusing on feelings  leaves my heart reeling  and my goal becomes  a far distant dream  but when I instead plan each step ahead   the destination’s  not as far  as it seems  I had an “aha” moment this morning.  Yeah, that happens occasionally- but not as often as I’d like 🙂 I really wanted to […]

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made new

making old things new  let the vintage shine through  cleaned up to perfection  for the  clarity of my  reflection  This past week, my hubby went with me to pick up a few of my granny’s things- a couple of dressers and her china set.  It’s hard to believe my granny passed away over three years […]

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good things come…

Isn’t it funny how some days don’t seem to start off on the right foot…and then by the end of the day, you look back and see how it was one of the very best days? I woke up one day with a feeling of dread.  There were several things I had to do, and […]

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rainy days and Mondays always get me up!

I’m a little weird, I guess. Because I absolutely LOVE rainy days… and Mondays, too! Mondays are my favorites because I am usually at home alone- which means I can get so much done!  The rest of the week is go-go for all of us.  Between work, school, church, teaching music lessons, running the girls […]

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