As we come to the last moments of 2016, I've been looking back and reflecting on this year. There have been many blessings, many trials - as all years have and will hold. And through it all, my heart still seems to overflow onto these pages. So here we are, at the end of this year and at the turn of a fresh one. We've survived and are thankful, but with our blessings we mourn the deaths and tragedies across the world. I don't know what to do. I don't have any grand master plan. All we can do is love.
Here are some of your favorites (and coincidentally, mine, too) from Lily and Mama in 2016. :)
Lessons on learning to love myself as I love my daughter, and as she loves me.
Reflecting on the motherhood of Mary and imagining what it might be like to spend a morning in her home.
Thoughts after deciding to step back from Lily and Mama Market and be "just" a mama.
| Our journey into a beautiful, holy Church made up of broken people and the endless love of Christ.
"But they don’t balance. Great joy does not outweigh great loss. I carry it all. I carry them all with me, though two may be in my arms and one may be in the arms of my Lord..." Reflecting on miscarriage and how Christ carries us and our lost little ones.
Learning the balance between being like Mary and Martha and finding the purpose of Christian life in their midst.
Mourning our loss, giving our sweet baby and name, and a reflection on the communion of saints.
Photo gallery and planning details from our fifth annual Hobbit party! Always one of my favorites every year.
Reflecting on Tolkien's Rivendell and making our homes into save havens.
I'm found so much joy in writing and sharing my heart with all of you this year, friends. I hope you've found encouragement or a sense of community through these pages. It means so much to me that we can walk together!