Happy Friday! As one season is slipping into another, we are so thrilled to have our friend Abby McDonald here with us to share some words of encouragement about slowing down and savoring each moment. Help us to welcome Abby to the picket fence!
Friends, we have such a treat for you today! It’s not often that we have the opportunity to share with you an excerpt from a book that was actually JUST released this week so we are especially thrilled to be welcoming our friend Micah Maddox whose book Anchored In is in stores now!
Please help us welcome Micah to the picket fence…
There are moments in life that are so devastating there are no words to utter. You see people surrounding you and their lips are moving, but the words cannot be absorbed due to the burden that consumes your mind. You try to move forward with a normal routine, but the world seems to move in slow motion as problems persist, paralyzing your best efforts to press on. Life can hurt deeply. It can scar the tender parts of your heart and make you feel like your life is completely drenched in a sea of problems that cannot be remedied.
Happy Friday! Summer is winding down and we are busily getting kids back to school (or in Heather’s case getting one sent off to college! Sniff…sniff) and we are so grateful that we’ve had friends who’ve been able to help us out during this crazy time of the year by stopping by the picket fence to share from their own homes and hearts. Today we welcome Kelly O’Dell Stanley who is the author of the books Praying Upside Down and Designed to Pray and we know her words will be as much of an encouragement to you as they are to us.
I’m a lot like the old house I fixed up.
When my husband and I bought a new (old) house, people thought we were crazy. But I had a vision. Never mind that the kitchen had ugly gray paneling on the walls, yellow-flecked Formica® countertops, blue plaid wallpaper, and poorly arranged appliances and countertops.
Happy almost weekend friends! We are wrapping up summer break with a wonderful family vacation and that means we’ve called on one of our very gifted friends to help us out this week by sharing some much-needed words of encouragement that we know will resonate with everyone on some level. Please help us welcome Katie Reid to the picket fence!
I am an idealist. That’s a fancy way of saying I have unrealistic expectations.
Happy weekend! We’re so thrilled to have Shannon here with us today giving us a tour of her gorgeous modern farmhouse home. Grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy!
Hello At the Picket Fence readers! My name is Shannon and I’m an interior designer, author and one half of the creative duo behind the DIY and design blog, AKA Design. I’m honored that Vanessa and Heather invited me to share my home with you today. Hello and welcome!
This is actually my family’s fourth house in the last ten years. I know, all that upheaval and moving sounds dreadful, and truthfully it’s not my favorite thing to do. But because we live in one of the most expensive real estate areas in the country, we’ve had to slowly work our way up to this house. It’s been an adventure fixing up houses, that’s for sure! (You can see our other three houses here.)
Happy Saturday!! One of our most favorite things to do on a Saturday morning while sipping coffee is to just take our time to meander around the interwebs looking for beautiful inspiration and fun new ideas. And, today, we’re bringing back our Weekend Wonderings series where we’ve put together a collection of some of the best decorating ideas, recipes, crafts and heart-felt blog posts that we’ve seen recently.
We want to continue to have At the Picket Fence be a community where you don’t just hear from us all the time but where you also have access to some of the best ideas and inspiration out there. So, let’s welcome the weekend together with these wonderings!
My dear friend Sarah doesn’t know I’m sharing this with you today. She hasn’t asked me to do this and maybe that makes me even more determined to help her in any way I can.
I’ll let Sarah share her story with you in her own words….
Hello sweet friends! How are you? Are you recovering from the craziness of the holiday season?
I don’t know about you, but I find myself feeling all out of sorts in the days following Christmas. On the one hand, my family does infinitely better when we are operating within a routine.
So getting back to our regularly scheduled programming is more than welcomed around here. But on the other hand, my emotions tend to be all over the place and I feel discombobulated (that’s one of my all-time favorite words by the way!).
Welcome to Week 2 of our Life in Seasons Studies Series!
1. Share with us a time when you felt your faith was smaller than a mustard seed? What scriptures do you lean on as a reminder that Christ has not forsaken you during these times?
2. Can you relate to King David when he cried out, “My God why have you forsaken me?” Do you sometimes feel God has forsaken you?
3. What are some things you can do, when you feel the world is judging you, to remind yourself that you are a child of God and that the battle has already been fought for you?
3. Read Romans 3:24
4. What does it mean to you when you read that through Christ’s redemption all are justified and made in hight standing with God?
As we conclude today’s study I pray that you truly take to heart Romans 8:1, “There is therefore NOW no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!”
Thank you for meeting me at the fence today,
Oh friends. I had been so looking forward to writing this blog post. In fact, I had it written in my head weeks ago. I’ve been waiting and waiting to get a copy in my hands and then I was going to shout it from the rooftops.
I was going to say, “It’s me. ME! I’m in Better Homes and Gardens!! Can you believe it?!”
And then I received my copy in the mail.
I ripped open the package and quickly flipped to the ‘I Did It’ feature on the last page.
There I was. All of me. ALL of me. Head to toe.