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On being heaven-sick…

On being heaven-sick…

Holley Ann Amber Stephanie by the oldest Haines' boy

photo lovingly borrowed from Amber

She comes, this woman whose words have nourished my soul, who grows them in the fields of her heart like her good husband grows crops on their farm.

And she's even more beautiful than I could have imagined, inside and out.

We go to the rock home where husband and wife live, revolutionaries alive with glory and pain, and I sit by her too…gorgeous, deep-souled poet.

And I share it all with my lovely heart friend from (in)courage who I see almost every day, and still not enough. The one who reminds me that life is about JOY and bravery.

Those moments, these women, make my heart long for heaven and home. I catch a glimpse of it in their words, our hugs, the feeling of being where I belong.

Then we go back to our worlds.

I ache so much that I can't write for a day, too empty and full all at once.

And you are part of the ache too, the faces I haven't seen but somehow know.

One day there will not be time, space, borders. We will be together.

We will truly be home.

Until then, I'm a little heaven-sick…

for you, for them, for Him.

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“Found it!” Friday

I've stopped by some wonderful blogs recently and I wanted to share a few with you…

Girlfriendology – I've mentioned this one before but just had to again since we've been talking about friendship all week! I met founder Debba Haupert at Blissdom this year.

Becoming Me – I think you'll fall in love instantly with this sweet writer who shares her everyday life with authenticity, kindness, and faith.

Grace Violet – Confession #1: I am not crafty. I probably should wear a warning label that says, "Do not, under any circumstances, give this woman a hot glue gun." But this blog is so wonderful that it makes me feel happy just lurking as a crafter wanna-be.

Nesting Place – Confession #2: I can't decorate worth a flip. Choosing picture frames makes me hyperventilate. That's why I love the tag line of this blog: "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."

The Queen B – Another tag line I love: "My crown is always crooked." After I left a comment, we discovered we only live a few miles apart. Sweet, small world.

I hope you have fun going on a little bloggy scavenger hunt this weekend! If you have a blog we should know about (yours or one you love to visit) please share it with us…

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TGIF – Thank God I Found It (Okay, really TGIFI – close enough)

I’ve been exploring some new blogs this week. Each one has brought a different emotion—laughter, tears, peace. I’m amazed by these women who sit at their keyboards and move words from their hearts and everyday experiences to the page so the rest of us can read them. I’m sharing a few quotes I loved below. I hope you’ll follow the trail and pay a visit to each one…

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It was as if my presence on her couch was the exactly what she hoped would happen that day. I can’t put my finger on any one thing she did to make me feel so loved and special…All I know is that in that moment I knew exactly what it meant to show someone the love of Christ. I could feel it as if it were a physical element.
– Jennifer, Conversion Diary (2/25)

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Because Sr. Edwina never let me forget that poor children in China were starving when I was in the 2nd grade, I am psychologically obligated 40 years later to make the waiter box up food I won’t eat so that I can throw it away a week later, that is if I can find it…
Antique Mommy (2/26)

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It’s that messy stuff of life that makes you aware of the now and being in the present. If it weren’t for that darn broken pen on the asphalt I would have just plopped him in his car seat and been on our way to the next place, my mind somewhere else thinking busy thoughts.
– Stephanie, Adventures in Babywearing (2/26)

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We must all decide for ourselves the degree to which we will engage with technology. Those who believe that spending hours upon hours with our sets rather than one another risk losing something more important than high quality reception.
– Eileen Button as quoted by Ann Kroeker (2/24)

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Smitty: Um, hey, where’d you learn to dance like that?
Mary: What? That? It’s nothing.
Smitty: I’ve just never seen you dance like that.
Mary: Yeah, I’ve been practicing. In the mirror.
Insert hysterical, though supportive and loving, laughter here.
– Mary, Giving Up on Perfect (2/27)

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When you can name something, you know what it’s made of; the thing finds identity, form. In the naming the things right before us, the thing we’d otherwise miss, the invisible becomes visible. We know the face we face.
– Ann, A Holy Experience (2/26)

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Blissdom ’09 Blog Tour

I've been at the Blissdom (short for "Blissfully Domestic") conference in Nashville. Along with about 150 other bloggers, I got to enjoy fun workshops, free stuff, and even a sneak preview from Disney. But my favorite part by far was meeting amazing women like the ones below. I'm so excited about knowing them and I want to introduct you to them too. So here are a few of my favorite new friends (soon to be yours!) from Blissdom '09…

(Some of the women don't share their names online so I did the same below.)

Peggy walked up to our table and asked with a bright smile, "Mind if I sit here?" Little did I know I was about to spend the next few moments with a writer, speaker, singer, and life coach who has a passion for helping women become everthing God wants them to be. I was inspired just hearing her heart and I think you will be too.

Debba is all about girlfriends. That's why she founded Girlfriendology–a cool web site with blogs, podcasts, articles, and other great tools to help you connect with your friends. We chatted in the lunch line about how having close friends affects everything in your life from your health, emotional state, and even how long you live. You don't want to miss this, girlfriend.  

Jo-Lynne from Musings of a Housewife and I sat across from each other at a Mexican restaurant one evening. If there's a better way to bond than chips and salsa, I'm not sure what it is. Jo-Lynne describes herself as a "Christian, wife, mother, blogger" who also has "the gift of gab." I enjoyed my peek into her perspective on life, family, and reality TV. Stop by her site and you can too.

Genesis Moments (blog name) shared the Mexican feast as well. I enjoyed hearing about her family, desire to write children's books, and how she loves weaving faith into stories through creative ways. She asks good questions and listens closely when you answer. Maybe that's the secret to writing great stories.

Annie is one of those people you fall in love with instantly. She brightens the room (and your day) just by being around. She's a talented freelance writer and editor who happens to also love waffles with peanut butter (amen, sister!). We're going to be at the Mt. Hermon Christian Writers Conference together and she has promised to sit at my table during meals. We may even eat waffles.

Amber from The Run-A-Muck is sweet, southern and willowy (she also loves poetry so that might be a word she likes). She's given birth to the three boys in three years. Her husband started The Mother Letter Project as a gift to her. Amber lives in my town but we didn't meet until Blissdom. I love it when God makes our paths cross with others in ways we don't expect.

We Are THAT Family (blog name) hopped in car to ride to dinner one evening and along the way she shared a few stories about teaching her family to be generous. They were simple, sweet things that she said without a second thought but gave me a glimpse of a heart that was sincere and intent on making the world a better place. I think you'll find the same in her writing.

Lisa Leonard is an amazing jewelry designer who causes other women to hyperventilate when they find out who she is and/or that I got to meet her. If you want to make your friends jealous, just order something from her site. She's a fresh-faced beauty who generously handed out little silver key chains with an X and O on them during the conference. I've got mine in my purse and you can't have it.

Shannon from Rocks in My Dryer is someone I already consider a friend but I'm including her anyway. If I could sum her up in one word it would be nurture. She used that word several times this weekend and I just smiled every time she did it. She's brilliant, talented, funny, and humble–one of my favorite combinations. Every time I'm with her I leave feeling like she's given me something valuable, whether it's a new thought, book recommendation, or encouraging word.   

Tsh is the founder of SimpleMom. We quickly discovered we have mutual friends and I can see why she's so popular. Her site is a wonderful place that gives practical advice and insights because Tsh believes "If I want to get things done and be fully present for all the things that are most important to me, I have to keep things simple." She's added five other columnists who share her vision and will help you make your life simpler too.

Amy also help moms through her site MomAdvice. This petite powerhouse inspires and influences thousands of women each week. When I met her, she instantly introduced me to someone else she thought I should know. I thought, "She's all about connecting people." I think you'll love being connected to her as well.  

Those are just a few of the women I got to meet last weekend. I hope you'll visit each of their sites and spend some time getting to know them. I'm still catching up and probably won't post for a few days. So send yourself on a blog tour and tell me what you discover.

* There are a lot of links in this post. If you can't see them, send me an e-mail.

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