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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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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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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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