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Hallie Lord  Maker of babes 👶🏼, baker of pies 🍒, writer of books 📚, lover of rain ☔️, sweet on a guy named Dan ❤️ (SiriusXM 129, Thursdays @ 1pm Eastern)

I remember when I was a new mom, the voices of those warning me about the teen years seemed so loud and overwhelming. Some told me that if I thought I had it had hard now, just wait until my kids were fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, and so on. Others said, over and over again, to soak up and savor every moment because soon my arms would be empty and the ache nearly unbearable. For a time these voices stole a lot of peace from me.
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On the hard days I would wonder, is it only going to get harder and could I possibly endure all that motherhood was asking and would demand of me?
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And on the happy ones, am I savoring and soaking and storing away these moments in my mind and heart to a great enough degree?
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But here’s what I’ve learned: in any season there are challenges and in every season there are such delicious blessings that they take your breath away and leave you searching (and often failing) to find words of gratitude that are sufficient.
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So we have a choice: Will we fear the future or will we rejoice in the present, appreciating the challenges and gifts both?
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We will rejoice.
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Because life is beautiful and when God makes us a present he so desires for us to delight in it.
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And also because fear is such an extraordinary waste of our precious time.
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I have teenagers now and yes, there are challenges. It is a whole new season that requires that I learn a whole new set of skills and dive even more deeply into learning how to trust God. But, honestly, the challenges I am facing are not the ones I wasted my time worrying about and are so hugely overshadowed by the joys anyway.
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Like the joy of my oldest son falling head over heels in love with his baby sister.
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Wherever you find yourself in life today, whatever season is yours, choose to seek out the beauty. Even if you are scared or confused or heartbroken or exhausted, search for God in that moment. Because he’s there and he wants you to find him so that he can wrap his arms around you, comfort you, and show you all the beauty and goodness that this life (that he has created just for you!) has to offer. ❤️ #bissisterhood

"As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus' thirst...'Repent and believe' Jesus tells us. What are we to repent? Our indifference, our hardness of heart. What are we to believe? Jesus thirsts even now, in your heart and in the poor -- He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you." -- Saint Teresa of Calcutta
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You and me both, Ed ❤️

We hear so much about how terrible it is to grow older, what with all the wrinkles and such, but this April I will enter the last year of my thirties and I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier or more at peace. (I was a hot mess in my twenties. 😂) If this is what growing older feels like, I’m here for it.
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I would like to have a little chat with the person who coined the term “crow’s feet,” though. What a silly, unnecessarily hostile thing to call them. They are, rather, evidence of a life that has been full of smiles and rich in joy. I’m really quite fond of mine. And grateful for them, too. ❤️

A Penelope on a ✈️! Sweet little funny face. ❤️

Being a mom is pretty much my favorite thing ever. I think I could probably sit and stare at this sweet face all day and be perfectly happy. Can you believe she’s already six weeks old? My goodness I love her a lot. 💕

You know God has chosen an amazing Godfather for your child when that Godfather arrives for the baptism weekend wearing this shirt. ⬆️❤️💥
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The last time I was in New York City, I happened to walk by the Simon and Schuster building in Midtown Manhattan and thought, “How amazing would it be to write a book for them?” I even snapped a picture and saved it in a special file on my phone.
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I had no idea that less than a year later, that dreamy wish would come true but yesterday I opened up my mailbox and there, lying beneath a pile of bills and catalogs, was a signed contract. From Simon and Schuster. To me.
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(Typing that still feels a little surreal.)
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There are so many amazing publishers out there publishing funny, thought-provoking, soul stirring, challenging books, and thanks to my incredible agent, Lisa Jackson, we had a number of offers to choose from, but as soon as she and I got on the phone to discuss the offers and make a decision we both immediately said, “It’s Simon and Schuster. They’re the ones.”
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I love my new editor, Beth Adams, whose talent precedes her. I love Howard Books, the Simon and Schuster imprint under which my new book will be published. And I love Judith Curr, the Publisher of that imprint, who has helped bring the books of some of my personal favorite authors (including Jennifer Weiner, Isabel Allende, Kate Morton, Fredrik Backman, and Karen Kingsbury) to life. I feel truly honored to be working with them.
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Soon I will share the topic of this new book but for now I can tell you that, much like my book ‘On the Other Side of Fear’, it will be full of stories because I fiercely believe that stories - honest, brave, vulnerable, hard, and beautiful stories - are the vehicle through which we will heal the world. I hope, in the end, that if it does nothing else, it succeeds in making you feel a little less alone. After all, though it can sometimes be easy to forget and hard to feel, we’re all on this journey together.
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Thank you for traveling with me, sweet friends. ❤️
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Everyone else in the house is sleeping but we’re still awake because we’re so in love. ❤️

25 days new and I still can’t believe she’s here. I love her so much. So, so much. And tomorrow, somehow, I’ll love her even more.
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