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October 4, 2017

Growing up, I often dreamed about what it would look like to be a wife. I was the little girl who loved to play princess and the story always ended with a wedding. As I grew older, I actually spent time trying to learn what a good wife looked like and praying to be that…

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Isn’t it ironic

September 15, 2017

So much has happened in the last week that I don’t even know where to begin this post! We have closed on our house, raced Hurricane Irma to get moved in and prepared for the storm, celebrated two birthdays in the family, and spent our first days in our new house without power or school.…

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Exciting Things!

August 30, 2017

Disclaimer: This post is meant in jest. We have been oh so grateful for the roofs that have been over our heads and we know we have more than many. <3 Almost two years ago to the date, I had to move out of the house that had been my home for 7 years. It…

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I Have a Book

August 23, 2017

I have a book. A book of horrors. I can’t even crack it open without my heart beginning to race. I can’t peek at its pages without feeling the sweat form on my palms. Common sense would tell you to avoid such a book, but I cannot. I keep coming back to it as though…

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August 17, 2017

David and I share this in common: We are both not the biggest fans of the beach. We live in Florida, but rarely drive the 15 minutes to the beach. I was born and raised 15 minutes from the beach and never became a beach girl. We also share this in common: This feeling about…

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Karaffa Party of 9

August 3, 2017

33 days. That is how long three of our children were away. That is how long our family felt incomplete. That is how long we counted down to their return. They are home! Yesterday morning, David and I, with Madalyn, Meredith, Josiah and Charlotte, jumped in the Enterprise (the family van) and drove to Orlando…

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With Grace

July 28, 2017

Grace: Undeserved, Unearned, Unmerited Favor  This post is not about divorce. Stay with me until the end. Three years ago, the man I was married to decided he did not love me anymore. It hurt-more than any pain I had felt before, but he did not become any less my husband in the moment he…

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The D Word

July 22, 2017

Divorce. A word that is almost treated like a curse word in many churches. A word that often feels like an unwanted label on the one who wears it. A word that is avoided in conversation and a cause for shame. I got divorced. I still hate saying it, but there it is. I was…

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July 17, 2017

Today, I am not just becoming one with your dad, I am becoming family with you. Over the last few years, I have prayed intensely for more measures of grace, more measures of hope, and more measures of faith in my life. God has answered that prayer for me in so many ways, but today…

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