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HAPPY EASTER!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)


What a beautiful Easter sunday. After being sick for an entire week (that's a record for me, folks) I have a new found respect for what it feels like to feel good. My sweet little girl is feeling crummy so we're taking it easy today. We're in this season of things not going exactly as planned. Isn't it funny how you can go through times when everything seems to be falling through the cracks? Instead of focusing on those things we are making a conscious effort to praise God for everything that comes our way, knowing that in times like this we draw nearest to Him. I am working on changing that, spending time in prayer in sickness and in health. Trying to find a way to connect with God every day. It is so easy to get distracted.

I've also had a lot of thoughts about this space and what it really is. I think with my blog I've tried really hard to make it "likeable" across the board, not wanting to step on any toes and the truth is I'm just a girl, a wife, a mom, writing about our life and I certainly don't expect anyone to read it (I'm glad you do!) but I have to stay true to myself. A while back when I did a little survey I had a few people tell me that they wished I didn't talk about my faith and it stuck with me. Bottom line is I don't want to glorify myself, that certainly isn't why I'm here on this earth. I would love to help strengthen and encourage other believers instead of just hiding the deepest parts of me. I think this time of trials has been teaching me how important it is to put myself on the back burner and to focus on what's really important. Feeling thankful for the peace that comes with knowing it's not about me, that I'm not in control (thank God!). I've had a lot of old wounds rearing their heads lately, regrets, wishing I'd handled situations with people that weren't particularly good to me with more grace and wisdom. Hindsight. Working on letting go of the past and trying to be a better human being. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter with your families. Wishing you all peace and I hope that you are enjoying this insanely awesome weather. Oh, and I finally started reading this. Eek.

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  1. Please keep it real and stay true to yourself. I for one and a HUGE believer and am always happy to hear of others trying to remember to keep the faith!

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    1. love you girl. so glad we're friends! need to see you and the fam asap.

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  2. I find it lovely and refreshing to hear someone speak about their faith openly. It's encouraging to me, a Christian living up in New England where I feel like other believers can be few and far between.

    Also, what sweet Easter photos!

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    1. aw thank you paige. it can be scary, the fear of being open. thank you for your encouragement!

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  3. Lesley~Not that I’m condemning others for their beliefs, but this is your blog with your name on it…which normally means it about you and your precious family. Many of us envy you…the power struggle you have taken on with your inner self that many of us have either not taken the time to take that step to be “ourselves” or don’t know where to start. I read your blog almost daily, granted you come up with some of the weirdest foods that I could never think up myself and wish I could bring myself to try them, but I look forward to it and I love the way you make me think. Even if I was to never find a way to reach the deeply hidden inner being, thank you for always making me think and realize that there is a lighted path, and that one day I hope to follow it.

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    1. haha. you had me laughing and teary allison. thank you so much for the incredibly kind words. you just gotta try my weird food. you'll like it!

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  4. Lesley- I am a first time commenter but frequent follower.Just wanted to say that I wish you talked more about your faith ! As a christian it inspires me to see that a fellow believer and woman goes through the same struggles. Praying that you find peace and guidance!

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  5. Lesley I completely understand where you are coming from. Every time I write about my relationship with Jesus, I lose subscribers (I wish I could sit here and say that I don't ever look at that number but I do). The bottom line is that I have to be me-- not someone else-- and if you don't like reading about me, then don't! If it isn't working for you, then please don't read. You are a beautiful woman, inside and out. I just love reading about your life. Keep it up!!

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  6. I am always inspired and encouraged when you refer to your faith here. It's such a blessing to me and I'm glad you're keeping it up.

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  7. Matilda's dress is beautiful! So glad you are feeling better. And I agree with all the others. It's your blog, write about whatever you want! You don't want followers who don't accept the real you anyway.

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  8. thank you all for the encouragement. it means so much to me and helped strengthen my convictions to stay true to myself. thank you!!

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  9. Beautiful dress on beautiful Matilda!! PS how much are you loving Hunger Games right now?!

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  10. Hi Lesley! Glad to hear you're feeling better and hope y'all had a wonderful Easter. I've always loved your blog and think you do a great job of expressing yourself whether it be your health, faith, family, trials and triumphs. In the end, it's your blog and that's what makes it special and unique.

    xoxo

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    1. thank you so much amy! i really appreciate your kindness. i'm so glad we're internet friends.:)

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  11. I love your blog and especially love to hear you talk about your faith and finding your way in it. It encourages me and is inspiring. I'm thinking of you in these tough times and wishing you happiness and peace. I've missed you so much I started to drink Diet Coke again;) Kidding, but only two a day. I'm so ashamed:) And working on it again. Glad to see you back!

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    1. jayne!! you put that diet coke away missy. you have done so good. please don't go back to the dark side! haha. thank you as always for your love and support and i'm channeling lots of water drinking your way.:)

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  12. Good morning! It is good to read your blog again this morning. Thanks again for being so open. I love hearing about your walk with Jesus and your struggle to praise Him continually-- I believe we ALL have this struggle, and it is important to share it with each other. Thanks again. And you should be encouraged by all the comments above- what great followers and encouragers you have!
    Rachelle

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  13. thanks for the nice blog and i am glad to come here

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