About Me

This is me:

I am that lady with all those kids.

I love my babies, all six of them.
I love my husband.
I love the way our life mixes with the life of the church where he is a pastor.

I love to write and speak..
I hope this blog will make you smile, or pray, or cry, or think.
I hope it will encourage you in your vocation.

Now, a little about me:

How my daughter taught me to be
Weak and  Loved

I am a list-maker.
I like my pretty little check marks, all in a row.
I like to be in control.
I like to be that person that helps everybody else.
I like to be strong.

But I have to be honest...

I have been driven to the edge by cereal left on the floor.
I have been tempted to run when I hear the word "mommy."

I have been shocked to discover the depth of selfishness in my own heart.
I have been flattened by epilepsydepression, and grief.

...and yet, I am loved.
I am covered in covered in the blood of Christ, forgiven, and freed from the burden of pretending I am strong and self-sufficient. I am a woman growing backward, an adult discovering her weaknesses and sins, and becoming as a little child again. I am a mother-child, messy with sin, but rejoicing in the constant love of my Heavenly Father. 

I am learning to be honest, even when it is awkward.  
depend on His grace. I need it like I need air.
I need it more in every season of my life.

Grace frees me to be the child that I am, 
and to ask my Father for help.

Welcome to my blog

I love when the kids pick wild flowers from the yard and bring them in to me. They give me a gift, that cost them nothing other than the time to pick it, and they are thanked for it. And rightly so: they noticed the beauty around them, they gathered it, and they couldn't help to share it with me.

I try to do that same thing here in this cyber place. 
I notice, I gather, and I use words to pass the grace along.

You are living your own day, running through your list, tending your own garden.  Your garden is filled with your own weeds and gifts and worries. I imagine you, when you come here, stopping for just a minute, taking a breath, and allowing my words into your day.  What a privilege that is for me, to be with you in your work or in your rest. I hope my words are a slowing down and a pointing up and a passing on of blessings.

Why do I write?  
I write because the flowers grow, 
because the grace showers down on me 
and I am compelled to gather it up in words.


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  1. Your family is so beautiful!

  2. So glad to have found your blog :) I can tell it's a new favorite!

    Carly @ryandcar.blogspot.com

  3. Such a darling family. I came over from the Pause on a path blog hop and enjoyed reading your linked post and clicking around. Following you through Google Friend Connect.I hope you have time to visit my blog and follow if you'd like.


  4. I am a new follower via welcome Wednesday...I hope you chose to follow me back... Http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

  5. i think you and I may very well have some things in common. nice to meet you

    1. Thank you Annemarie! I hope to see you again- and don't forget to grab your copy of the book while it is still free!

  6. Hi, Emily. It is soooo lovely to meet you and find your truly inspiring blog. I LOVE what you said about being a "woman growing backwards." That just struck such a cord with me. You and your children are beautiful! I can't even imagine 6 kids!!! Managing all their needs and finding the time to inspire us all with your blog is amazing. As your newest follower, I will be back often :)

    Thank you for stopping by Mindful Moms Network! Come on back soon. Each week we change up the theme (this week is self-compassion) and have inspiring mantras, quotes, and images (on our FB page) about the topic at hand. I truly enjoyed your comment. Thank you!

    Jen @ Mindful Moms Network

    1. Thank you Jen! Yes, I'm growing littler in a way, haha, as we do as we learn to rely on God more and be His child! I won't say it do it without whining and fit-throwing either :)

      Thanks for your kind words, and I do hope you will grab my ebook while it is free (now until 7/19)
      Have a blessed day!

  7. I heard about your book from my dear (real life) friend the author of fiveintow.com. I'm only into the second chapter and it's stirring up some pretty raw stuff for me. Then I hopped on here and found it stirring up more, so I'm not going to say much. I used to blog quite a bit. I love to write but since I've been living life "from the bottom up" to quote another author (I think it's maybe similar to what you mean when you say, "growing backwards"), God simply hasn't allowed the space and time in my days for that. I think tonight it hit me how big a void that has actually left. I'm looking forward to reading more here. I know I will be encouraged, challenged... Thanks for giving of your time and yourself to bless others.

    1. Elizabeth, I am very glad we are connected. Sorry to push your buttons, to stir up stuff... I do hope you enjoy reading both the book and the blog. It's ok to be raw and challenged here. Be weak and loved with us!
      So nice to meet you (and I love fiveintow.com!)

  8. A mom to six, wow! What an inspiration! Love the blog!

    Nicole (http://justtoddlingalong.blogspot.com/) :)

    1. So nice to meet you Nicole! I'll head over to your place too!

  9. I have to say hello, as this is my first visit here. I saw your comment on Denise in Bloom's facebook question, and was intrigued by your title. Weak and loved - that's me for sure, and I am a big fan of grace!


    1. Hi Jamie! Weak and loved- that's the life of the Christian, isn't it? Nice to meet you! I'll check out your place too!

  10. Hello! I found you on the Upward Not Inward blog. There was something all to familiar with the thumbnail photo of a sweet little one in a bandaged up head. I invite you to visit my blog and read about my daughter's story at http://faithfulmomof9.wordpress.com/about-betty-boop-under-construction/
    I am going to look around your blog for a while now- Blessings and Prayers!

    1. Welcome Sylvia! I am glad you shared your blog with me- you are right, we have much in common!

  11. What a beautiful family you have!! I come from a family of 9 kids, and I love big families. :)

  12. Hi! I found you through the Weekend Blog Walk and I'm so glad I did!! I'm also a pastor's wife and so excited when i meet like minded women! I'm your newest follower and I look forward to getting to know you!


    1. Hi Christie! So nice to meet you! I will be checking out your site as well! Thank you for coming by!

  13. Okay, I haven't been anywhere else on your blog but this about you page and it is beautiful (beautifully written)! We are all that weak and in need of Him! I have two kiddos and they love to pick flowers and share them. I LOVE it! I love the pic with the flower in your hand too. Nice to meet you!

    1. Nice to meet you Candace, and welcome!

  14. I just signed up for your blog. I am so excited!

  15. Beautiful beautiful kids! I have yet to thank you for the soft copy you sent me. I have embraced Aggie's story. I have a review coming up but I couldn't post it yet as I am not self hosted in WP and when I asked it is against their rules for me to come up with a review for something I got for free. I promise I will have it published as soon as I get things worked out and my site moved.

    1. I am so glad you enjoyed the story! Please let me know if/when you are able to publish a review!
      Weak, for now, but loved FOREVER in Jesus!

  16. Dear Emily.
    I am on p. 136 in the provision chapter of Weak & Loved. My story is vastly different than yours but so much the same. My Aggie is my husband. And his illness is a rare form of dementia that has been stealing bits of him for about five years now. Your words, so honest & brave, speak to my heart and his disease. I cannot thank you enough for putting words to the scrambled emotions I have felt during this journey with him. God has used your writings to bless and encourage me in my season of dark and scary and ultimate in what will result in the death of my husband. Thank you.

    1. Oh Chris,
      I do not at all feel capable of speaking comforting words into such a situation... I am so, so sorry you are going through this.

      Be weak and loved... and know that you are loved by God in Christ, and that because of him, it will NOT always be this way. He WILL get you through this valley, and there will come a day when this season of sadness will seem like a little thing.

      Prayers for you today.

  17. Everything here is so beautiful! You, your family, your writing. God Bless You :)

  18. Thank you Carolyn,and welcome!
    I checked out your blog as well- very lovely! Grace is a wonderful thing!

  19. Hi Emily, I read quite a few entries of your blog, going way back, today and found it to be very helpful! Thank you for your words, honesty, and encouragement!

  20. Hi Emily. What a precious way you craft words. The artist reflect The Artist. blessings ~ Chris

  21. Wow, six children! Kudos to you! I am the oldest of six children, and I am also a church minister's wife. Nice to meet you! :)

    (Stopping over from Thee Angel Project)

  22. What a beautiful family! Such cuties! I love the honesty in your writing. Your "weak" list sounds a lot like mine! Looking forward to reading your posts this month! #theeangelproject

  23. What an amazing about page! You are such a beautiful writer! I would read your words any day! Blessings.

  24. Where have you been. Your voice is missed. Blessings.

  25. Hi nice to meet you and your blog! You are a gifted writer, I'll be reading more of your post! God bless yo and your family. Priscila found you on Thee Angel Project


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