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For the last four months I’ve kept my word for the year at the center of my decisions and I have been learning so much through it.  The lessons haven’t been easy ones, but it’s been my experience that the best discoveries come through the hard stuff, so I’m okay with that.  My true priorities have become so much more clear since I’ve been making the conscious decision to flourish, and that feels like a tangible reward from all the work I’ve been doing.  I’m feeling more comfortable in my own skin too, which is something that I wasn’t even aware I was in need of.  I tell ya, it’s amazing what God can do with one little word!

I had so many plans for this space and the things I wanted to share through my journey of flourishing, but it turns out God had a different plan.  Shortly after the year started I was given the opportunity to start working as a freelance designer for a design firm that sells products, including faith based art, to national retailers.  It’s hard for me to put in words the blessing that this is to me.  I love being able to create my own designs and custom work for my clients, but being able to create work that glorifies God to be sold in stores around the country…well, it makes my heart want to explode with joy!

When I first started this new project I thought I could still do it alltake care of my family, run my business, direct VBS, create designs for retail,  find new homes for the series, blog, take care of my home, spend time with God…but then I remembered my word, and I realized that was the wrong way to look at it.  In just a few months both of my children will be in school all day and I’ll have more hours available, but right now my time is more limited.  I want to embrace that fact instead of fighting it, so I’ve decided to take a little break from this space and my Home Made Lovely series, in order to keep blooming in the life the Lord has given me.  I’ll still be posting on Instagram, but for the next few months I’m going to give myself permission to let the archives of this space be enough.  And I’m going to keep my word at the center of it all, so I can keep soaking in all that God has planned for me.

See you soon friends!

xo Heather

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  • Mica - April 18, 2014 - 11:57 pm

    will miss you here but will wait for your return. Blessings to you and yours. See you on Instagram…MicaReplyCancel

  • Leanne - April 22, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    Hi Heather – what a lovely post. You have an exciting opportunity ahead of you and I think it is good that you have “given yourself permission” to have a break to focus on working with the design firm. As you have said “we cannot do it all”.

    Have fun with it all and I will still check Instagram.

    LeanneReplyCancel

  • Heather - April 22, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    I’ve been a reader for a while, but never commented. This post was inspiring. Thank you for your words that make me want to strive to be closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to fulfill all that I’m capable of. Congratulations on learning to flourish! Best wishes to you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - April 24, 2014 - 7:11 am

    Heather, what a wonderful opputuniy for you! How lovely. You have followed God. And he is blessing you. Thanks for being an inspiration to many of us for a very long time.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel S - April 24, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    I will miss seeing your updates, but GOOD FOR YOU for following what you know is right. And congrats on that new position! Happy for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Betsy Storey - June 8, 2014 - 9:30 am

    I saw your print on the shelf “some days there wont be a song in your heart sing anyways” I have seen this before and cannot find where to purchase it– you see my husband has Alzheimer’s and this is so perfect for me and really would like to find one

    Thank you so much for any information you can give me
    BetsyReplyCancel

  • Melaine - June 24, 2015 - 12:53 pm

    It has been awhile since I’ve stopped by your blog, but it sounds like you have some exciting opportunities in the works! I do hope to see you again more here in the future! You are one of my favorite bloggers and I have gained so much inspiration from your posts. I really love the Home Made Lovely series. It is wonderful to see you follow the Lord’s lead in your business and family! May God bless you in your future endeavors!ReplyCancel

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Family Portrait via My Little Buffalo

If you had asked me, before Samuel died, what would happen to me if I were to loose one of my children, I would have definitely told you that I’d die from a broken heart.  I think that’s the answer every mother that hasn’t lost a child would say.  The truth is, even after surviving the loss of my boy, I am still inclined to think I’d succumb to the same fate.  I mean, how could I possibly survive?!  It’s just too much for my logical mind to wrap itself around.

The thing is though…I did survive and there is only one reason for that.  Jesus.

When my broken heart had rendered me too weak to reason why He couldn’t love me, He came right in and picked me up.  It defies all logic, and yet somehow, it doesn’t at all.

It can be so hard to live in a world that doesn’t understand that, but I know the truth.  He is the reason I’m able to get up every morning and the reason I’m able to keep going all day long.  Embracing Jesus means I have to embrace my broken heart and my loss so that He can heal me.  And He does, a little more every single day.  I will always have a scar, but He is making me well.

“Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.”  Matthew 9:22

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  • Emily Fridenmaker - February 5, 2014 - 11:25 am

    I just read about Samuel…so heartbreaking. I’m in the middle of trying to embrace my own broken heart and loss, so that Jesus can heal. Thank you for this encouragement today…I have desperately needed it. May he continue to make you well!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - February 5, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    Where did you get the animal rug the picture is sitting on? I’m looking for something like that
    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - February 5, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. It encouraged me today. Esp the part where you said ” embracing Jesus means I have to embrace my broken heart and my loss so that He can heal me.” So often I want to push my brokenness away, scared that if I embrace it, I will drown in it. But your words are so true. He meets us there in our brokenness and brings healing. He never just leaves us there. I’m learning to trust Him more in this. Thankful for your heart and openness to share.ReplyCancel

  • Teri - February 5, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    I think this is why Romans 5:3 sticks so prominently in my head. “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame…”

    That is one of the most beautiful and truthful posts. Thank you for letting us rejoice with you.ReplyCancel

  • Ferial - February 5, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    I really needed to read this today. Thank you, Heather.ReplyCancel

  • kim - February 5, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    this is beautiful, heather.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - February 5, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    I know EXACTLY how you feel. I lost my daughter at 17 months. Recently my baby was sick and I thought “if he dies I just won’t survive.” Then I thought that was a stupid thing to think because I’m still alive after losing my daughter. It’s not easy but God is faithful! And look how He is blessing others through your Samuel’s life – your Joyful Life Library is a beautiful idea!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Nelson - February 6, 2014 - 4:51 am

    Oh, I had never heard of the story of Samuel, it breaks my heart. I’m so glad that you thought to put him in your portrait and I am so glad that I could help in a small way to keep his memory alive for you. xoReplyCancel

  • Susan - February 6, 2014 - 9:40 am

    I can so relate to this post Heather. My grief for my girls is so fresh but Jesus is there for me every moment of every single day. I was told by our amazing counselor that we will not be able to ever wrap our minds around our reality and what happened to our girls….it would have to be Divine. The trust I have in the Lord and the comfort and peace he has given us is unbelievable. I too, would have never thought I would survive the loss of my children but I am through his Grace. I am living each day in honor of God and in honor of my girls till we all meet in eternity. Beautiful Post!ReplyCancel

  • Chrissy Stratton - February 6, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Your faith is so inspiring! I’m so sorry for your loss. Through your loss you have no idea how much you strengthen others you’ve never met & to me that is God too! So thank you for sharing & through your words, pictures & blog- encouraging me through some tough times.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - February 6, 2014 - 9:59 am

    Thank you for sharing your heart. Mathew 9:22 is something I want to always carry with me.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Thomason - February 9, 2014 - 10:19 pm

    You are all a beautiful testament to the faithful care of ou Great God of hope. Just beautiful. God be praised.ReplyCancel

  • Lemonade Makin' Mama - February 12, 2014 - 9:49 am

    I love your heart. Last month I had a breast cancer scare and I didn’t tell anyone about it. I told my husband the day before I went in for the apt but I still haven’t shared it with anyone but my mother… for some reason cancer was always one of my big fears, of course along with losing a loved one which is probably the top of every mother’s list- for some reason cancer was the one that I thought just the knowledge of what those words would bring would cripple me because the idea of dying and leaving my kids… well it makes me shudder. I remember the morning of the apt I stood in my hallway and told the Lord, “OKay. If this is the journey you’ve got for me, I will walk it…” and I might have had clenched teeth when I said it but I knew that HIS strength was going to be my lifeline. So far everything looks fine but it startled me that His strength is so mighty that it could help me say “yes” to something I’d feared my whole life. Anyway… I just wanted to say that you encourage so many of us and you are precious. Wrote ya a book here to just say that.. LOL Much love to you Heather.ReplyCancel

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I’m really excited to bring my Home Made Lovely home tours back, beginning in February!

While I source 95% of the homes that participate, I’d love to hear if there’s a home you’d like to see featured in the series.  Please contact me with your suggestions at:  heather @ lifemadelovely.com  with Home Made Lovely in the subject line.  If you’d like to submit your own home for the series, please send a few photos of your space to the same address with the same subject line.  Clear, bright, large photos work best for the series.  Thanks friends!!  -xo Heather

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  • Michele - January 23, 2014 - 4:15 pm

    Yay! I absolutely love the Home Made Lovely home tours! I am so inspired by those posts. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ellen S. - January 23, 2014 - 11:10 pm

    WooHoo!ReplyCancel

  • Becky Leach - January 24, 2014 - 6:33 am

    Oooh so excited!!! Love this series! And YOU!!!! Xxxx!ReplyCancel

  • Amber Z - January 24, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Yayyy! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sarah (Handbags*and*Pigtails) - January 24, 2014 - 11:56 am

    I love hearing this! Your LML series is the best on my blogroll and very inspiring. Some people look forward to new seasons of the Bachelor.. I look forward to new LML posts! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • melodee - January 24, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    I just love this series! it is my go-to for inspiration….I go back to your series often to see how cute these girls’ homes are!ReplyCancel

  • Jill @ Cora Anne Designs - January 28, 2014 - 12:39 pm

    YAY! These are my all time favorite, keep them coming!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - February 19, 2014 - 2:26 pm

    Hoooold up, must know where you got that rug!? #musthave And I’m a new follower!;)ReplyCancel

    • Heather - February 20, 2014 - 12:24 pm

      Hi Emily!
      The rug is from Target in the summer furniture section. 🙂ReplyCancel