Broken Beauty

// This post content is a spin off something I shared on my personal Facebook page last week and so many people were interacting within the post. To me it speaks of our deep-seeded desire to be real with those around us.  The desire to lay aside the pedestals we place people on and truly bear our souls to one another.  Yet still longing to feel an unwavering sense of love and acceptance. And because I thought you may feel the same way, I wanted to share these thoughts in this space too. // 
^^ the night before Adam's and my wedding almost 4 years ago ^^

Some of you may know that I come from a family of seven kids, two amazing parents.  One big crazy family.  We did so many fun things together when we were growing up.  Forts in the backyard woods.  Musical events where we sang and played a half dozen random instruments.  We would sing songs at family gatherings in complete four part harmonies.  We went camping and reinacted at historical events.  We homeschooled and heck, even home churched for a while.  We were as thick as thieves. 

People would make comments over the years. . . how perfect we seemed, how incredible we were, how amazing, loving, how close we all must be. 

To be honest, it always makes me cringe a little inside because we fight hard. We say hurtful words. We misinterpret others actions. We have been to dark places that the rest of the world will never see. 
^^ missing our sister in mexico ^^
But we also love fierce. We don't quit. We laugh and have an insane amount of inside jokes. And at the end of the day, we keeping failing and then running back to the Jesus because without Him, the ugly would take over and the beauty wouldn't have a chance to shine.  And it's that what life is all about?!  Redemption.  Undeserved, unmerited grace.  What an incredible gift. 

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This little video from a recent Sunday night is just a little taste of the beauty and my heart is so so grateful. i will never stop fighting for and loving this big family our ours and I hope you do the same for yours! XO

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  1. I just love your heart. Also- what a good looking family!

  2. I love this!! Our family is very tight-knit and close too and I have also had those moments when I cringe when people have commented on how close and loving we are. Not because we aren't that..we are but like you said..there is also a hardships and down right ugly fighting as well. I think at the end of the day we have realized that even though there is hardship and fights we only have one family and we have to hold on to that live and support and hold on to God as well who makes all of it possible in the first place. :) love this!

  3. so glad to know we aren't alone!! ;) XO