Monday, August 3, 2020

Ten Years is a Good Run


On July 26th, this blog turned ten years old.  No fanfare, no party, but it still felt like a big moment.  Despite the fact that I haven't posted here for over three years, this milestone prompted me to think again about the blog and what its meant over the years.  It began with the simple idea that connecting to other ladies through our shared experiences of parenting, crafting, and decorating would help restore my sense of identity in the stay-at-home mommy world I was in.  As I said at the time, the blog was a way to "reclaim my brain."  And--hallelujah--that brain is (mostly) back!

This blog was a blessing.  It connected me to you; it inspired me to seek beauty; it gave me an outlet; it improved my writing.  But (obviously) I haven't been active here for quite some time, and that's because God has called me forward into new adventures.  I haven't needed online connection because I have had so much in-person connection.  I haven't needed to write here, because my real-life ministry work has been the outlet for study and writing that I so desperately needed.  God is good.  He has used this blog as a beautiful thread as He weaves my story together. For that I'm grateful.  

That said, its time to officially sign off as That Mommy, if only to get some closure for myself.  Not ready to say goodbye?  You can see my most visited posts over there in the sidebar, most of which have to do with kids' parties or Lego.  I have also kept the "search" function and a list of categories for those who wish to browse.  Thanks for reading, my loves!  It's been a good run.

--Michelle


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Only Jesus Could Do This

(This is a re-post from a prior year.  Happy Easter!)

Hallelujah!  He is risen!  


I make a lot of fuss about Christmas, but Easter has the most tender place in my heart, because today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Only Jesus, being the son of God, could bear the weight of the world's sins.

Only Jesus, being both man and God, could both die and conquer death.

Only Jesus, the sacrificial lamb, could reconcile us forever with a God who is both just and merciful:

He took on our sins to satisfy God's perfect justice.  
He rose again to embody God's perfect mercy.

That mercy is God's amazing gift to each of us.  Today: make it your own.  Remember, celebrate, and thank Him.  He is risen indeed!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Early Spring in the Garden

This time of year makes it impossible for me to put my camera away!  I'm filling up all my storage with spring-time-everything, so I thought I had better share a little: 
Pink Dogwood

Hosta

Muscadine Grape

Fern

I loved finding these in the wreath on my front door (!)...



and a few days later!


They are just about to take flight as I write this and I will miss checking on them every day.

White Azalea

Chives

Phlox (on its way out), Clematis (on its way in) and Angus (on his hind legs).

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of the year, too!