I’ve heard the days of choosing your child’s Halloween costume are numbered. So this year, I chose an elephant. I mean, how cute is this little face peeking out from the gigantic floppy grey ears and trunk? photo 2

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I asked him to smile and I’d give him a graham cracker. He said decisively, “No!” But I won.

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I seriously giggled  with glee for the entire 2 hours he kept it on at our church’s Fall Block Party.

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Finn also had his first train ride at the party. He kept asking for the “tractor” at home afterward.

I loved watching Finn and Emily (little sunshine) interact. They are buds from the nursery. Emily just laid her head down on Finn’s tray and then they played hide-and-seek. Adorable!

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As a mom, I’m loving Halloween. It means murder mystery for the adults and ridiculously cute costumes, a wild imagination and yummies for the kids. Such fun…not sure Finn’s quite convinced. 🙂

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Walgrave Astoria Costume Ball

Twelve of us high society-types were gathered together for a costume ball (our annual murder mystery) and a three course meal. Little did we know, twelve would become eleven. One of us would be murdered during the second course. This fate fell to Royal T, the profane and rather gassy Egyptian wrestler who emerged from the bathroom wrapped in crime scene tape, a ghostly white face, and a knife in the heart. Sorry, Jeff.DSC_2512 copy

I was cast as a highly paid actress named Zangolina Holie with a hankering for adoption and humanitarian efforts dressed up for the costume ball as a Southern Belle.  Joey was Sam Spellburg, a highly acclaimed and hairy Hollywood director…who wouldn’t cast me as the lead role in his most recent blockbuster. Dang him. 😉

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killer selfie

Check us out.


Laura took over the hostessing duties this year and as expected, put on a fantastic party. We entered though their front door into a candlelit “dining hall” accompanied by loud, bone-chilling music. Each of us brought food, and the costumes were over the top.


So thankful for friends like these.

For a step by step on how to host your own party, check out my post, How to Host a Murder Mystery Party.

Sexy on the Inside

Our home is small. Cozy, comfy and I can hear my family from any room. Two big oaks bookend the house from the front and backyard. I love it.

The only problem with its diminutive size is that I also love to host. I love the buzz of people in my home with glasses and tummies full of delicious food and drink. I just don’t have much space to entertain without knocking down a couple walls.

But for the last four weeks I’ve had the pleasure of hosting about a dozen beautiful college girls in my living room for coffee, dessert and a Bible study of becoming “sexy on the inside.” I borrowed this phrase from Rob Bell:

The other day my five-year-old son asked my wife, “Mom, what does sexy mean?” She thought about it for a second, and then replied, “Sexy is when it feels good to be in your own skin. Your own body feels right, it feels comfortable. Sexy is when you love being you.” Because it all starts with being sexy on the inside. (Sex God)

I had the pleasure of doing a similar study with my girl’s Bible study at Baylor. Miss you, ladies.

Laura (who was co-teaching with me) and I came up with three attributes that make a woman sparkle from the inside-out:

Self-confidence and identity rooted firmly in Christ

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” (1 Cor. 3:16,17)

Gratitude, or Eucharisteo

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Phil. 4:6)

“Give thanks in all circumstances.” (1 Thess. 5:18)


“Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand that He may lift you up in due time.” (1 Pet. 5:5)

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. But in humility, consider others more important than yourself.” (Phil 2:3)

Can you imagine what the world would be like if we behaved as though others were more important than ourselves? How we would drive?

Every woman wants to be and feel beautiful, but no amount of makeup or designer clothing or expensive highlights can cover up an insecure, ungrateful and prideful heart.DSC_1559

Only Christ makes me “sexy on the inside,” and I’m daily due for a makeover.

Full Circle Weekend

I’m sipping a grande Starbucks mint tea with steamed lemonade and one packet of honey. I’ve got a nasty cold. Sore throat, sinuses all clogged up and I sound like a chain smoker. But I’ve just got to tell you about the wonderful, FULL weekend we had.

It started with a trek down to Dallas to visit some old Baylor/Truett friends, Katie and Baxter, who are on furlough from missions in Southeast Asia. photo-1We finally got to meet their adorable and busy little man, Brooks. Katie’s family was so hospitable…they even let us sleep in their new memory foam bed!photo 2 copy 2

It was so sweet to reconnect face to face with these friends who have been intentionally involved in our lives even across the globe.

On Friday, my mom and brother came to visit and help us with our second book signing at Full Circle Bookstore in OKC. photo 1 copy

This signing was very different than our last. We were one of seven other authors and the space was very small, so Finn didn’t have room to wheel around and work the crowd like he did at church.

Finn's new friend, the author next to us

Finn’s new friend, the author next to us

Nonetheless, we sold about 20 books and caught up with several sets of friends. We are humbled by your support.

Arden King!

Arden King!

Navy and Finn are best buds...seriously so cute to watch them interact.

Navy and Finn are best buds…seriously so cute to watch them interact.

The Johnsons!

The Johnsons!

Jude King!

Jude King!

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God’s grace today is my mom allowing me to sleep in this morning,

Nana and Finn picking out Christmas presents online

Nana and Finn picking out Christmas presents online

my brother’s awesome sense of humor,

Uncle Chad

Uncle Chad

and Finn taking an extra long nap so I can clean, type and pretend to nap.


We woke early Saturday morning to prepare for this year’s family photos. The sky was dark and clouds loomed low. Laura, our dear friend and “family photographer,” picked up coffees from Starbucks while we waited for the sun to lighten our backdrop.

You’d never know Laura wasn’t a “professional.” She’s seriously talented. And so kind to sacrifice a Saturday morning and oodles of film for our family.

Though it was nearly impossible to choose, here’s a snapshot of some of our favorites:

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Life is sweeter and bubbling over with joy because of this kid. Thank you, God, for Finn.

To see last year’s family photos by Jennifer Copelin Photography, click here.


Tangled Up

Sorting, hanging, printing, pinning, and tagging. While preparing for the Just Between Friends kids consignment sale this week, I am reminded of something I loathe: hangers.




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It makes me frustrated, huffy and hot.

This is the same reason I dislike anything with multiple cords, the velcro on Finn’s cloth diapers, pulling a spatula out of the utensil container, or digging for keys in a deep, dark purse. Don’t even ask me to disentangle a chain necklace.

I like order and organization; everything to have its place. I’m working to be a mom that’s okay with messes…but it’s a stretch for me.

In the same way, I think I struggle with relationship misunderstandings. I hate to be misunderstood or misrepresented. I want my voice to be clear, my opinion to be validated and tensions to be smoothed out. I’m a verbal processor. While speaking to a group of people, I often hear myself ask, “Does that make sense?” I need to know that you understand me and I want to understand you.

These guys get me.

These guys get me.

This was a hindrance to my relationship with God for a long time. I wanted to understand why and when. But of course now I’m certain I do not want to serve a God I can understand, for then I would be greater than He. And I am not so great. So I guess I’m okay with my thoughts about God being a little fuzzy…tangled up in faith and confusion.

But not my hangers.

Copelin’s Kidoodles

Exciting news! We have added another local book signing to our fall calendar.

Thanks to Ed and Lin Copelin at Kidoodles on Main, we’ll host a book signing from 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday, November 9th. logo

This is in conjunction with their annual Neighborhood Toy Sale. Kidoodles boasts all things educational, kid-friendly and FUN! Get a sitter, go to breakfast with a friend and come purchase your Christmas gifts before the rush…And pick up a few copies of our book while you’re at it. Finn will thank you. 🙂

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Book Cover

Kidoodles will also continue to sell copies of our book after the 9th.

Hope to see you there! (And don’t forget about our upcoming book signing in OKC at Full Circle Bookstore. Sat., Oct. 19th from 3-5pm).