Don’t Let Me Blow Away Mommy!

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The wind was whipping around us as we were spinning and twirling through the yard. Arms spread out, we laughed as dizziness set in before we tumbled into the lawn chair together. She wrapped her little arms around my neck, snuggled in tight and said, "Don't let me blow away mommy!" It was one of those moments in life where you wish you could stop time. You long for a way to bottle it up so you won't ever forget how soft her skin feels against yours. How her little fingers played with your … [Read more...]

The Closet Project…a special Simply Sunday

Kelli The Closet Project

  Hi friends! It is so nice to "meet" you! I am so appreciative of Heather and Vanessa letting me take over their lovely blog for a moment! I asked them to let me share with you a project that I believe has great potential - but let me share a little about myself first! I'm Kelli and this is  my hubby. We've been married 11 years and have four sweet kiddos- ages 7, 6, 2, and 2 months. My husband is a church planter and we live in the South. I love to read, cook, go to the beach … [Read more...]

A Season of Giving ~ We’re on the Thrive Team!


We're entering into a season of Giving. A time for celebration and sharing. And here, At the Picket Fence, we want to let you know about our latest collaboration. Perhaps our most meaningful to date. We were thrilled and honored to be asked by our dear friend Susan from the blog From My Place to Yours to be among the charter members of the Thrive Team of Hope Unlimited For Children!   "For millions of abandoned and exploited orphans in Brazil, the chance to thrive is no more … [Read more...]

Pure Joy~Simply Sunday Thanksgiving Series


I was so honored recently to be apart of an amazing series called "Attitude of Gratitude" from Kristin at Simply Klassic Home. With 12 different bloggers involved, this was a wonderful way to lead up to Thanksgiving and be reminded of all we have to be thankful for. I would encourage you to head over there and read them all as I know they will bless you as much as they blessed me! I'm going to share with you today my own contribution to this series and I hope that it will be an encouragement to … [Read more...]

Simply Sunday Thanksgiving Week 2


  Learn to appreciate difficult days.     Be stimulated by the challenges you encounter along your way. As you journey through rough terrain with Me, gain confidence from your knowledge that together we can handle anything.       This knowledge is comprised of three parts: your relationship with Me, promises in the Bible, and past experiences of coping successfully during hard times. Look back on your life, and see how I have helped you … [Read more...]

A Simply Sunday Thanksgiving Series


As we enter a new season, we want to take a moment to pause reflect offer thanks share from our hearts hear from yours Each Sunday in November, we will give you the opportunity to tell us what you are thankful for. And, we also want to know how we can be praying for you. Our hearts are full as we think about all we have to be thankful for....and you are all on that list! Life is full of challenges.. Hurts Loss Tragedy Stress But... source So, are you ready? What are you … [Read more...]

Blue Skies, Birthdays and Brenna…Simply Sunday

Blogging is such a strange and wonderful world. You get to form bonds with people you've never met. And you know you may never meet them! You connect with each other, feel each other's pain, joy, heartache, success. You hear their hearts in the words they write and you find yourself inspired to dig deeper in your own your own faith.This is exactly how we feel about our friend Lynn from Blue Skies.And that is why we are so thrilled to be welcoming her as our very special guest today on … [Read more...]

The Treasure Drawer

*A Post from the Past*I was on a mission.My husband had taken the kids on a walk and I had a few minutes to race through the house cleaning and picking up all of the items which seemed to cover every square inch of floor.I became a veritable “Mommy Tornado”!Nothing was safe as I worked my way up the stairs and followed the trail of Legos leading to my son’s room.The epicenter of the mess.As I looked around the room my eyes landed on his dresser which was strewn with every kind of knick-knack you … [Read more...]

Part 2 of…Talking to your kids about Adoption


Before I jump into things today, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to those of you who left me incredible comments and sent me wonderfully touching emails. To say I was overwhelmed by the response to Part 1 of Talking to your kids about Adoption would be a complete understatement! It has truly been a blessing to me to be able to share my own journey and hopefully provide encouragement and support to others in similar circumstances. And I want to wish a very Happy Father's Day to my … [Read more...]