Sparkle. Psst…It’s a Blog Birthday! {Everlasting Light Jewelry Giveaway}

By September 19, 2014 5 Comments

{5 years ago, I cried bitter tears here into the sand, feeling weary and small.
I started writing & a blog named FaithBarista was born.
asilomar state beach, pacific grove, ca}

Today, we’re celebrating Faith Barista’s 5th birthday!  

Celebrate with me!

Enter to win one of DaySpring’s Everlasting Light Jewelry Giveaway
at the end of today’s post.
Three Winners.

DaySpring {Everlasting Light Jewelry}


Pick up a copy of my book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest for yourself. (I’d love to meet with you between the pages!)

Or gift this book to help me bring rest and beauty
into the hands and hearts of friends in your life.  

Buy a copy for a friend, mom, sister, missionary, small group kindred, mommy-friend or BFF in your life and see what soulful conversations sparkle!


(psst… apologies to those who are receiving duplicate emails for today’s post. my blog is apparently sick with something and causing problems! thanks, everyone…)

I cried.

And cried.

I just had my second baby boy.  Caleb.

I loved that big round bundle of pink, teeny tiny toes and even tinier fingers, wrapped like petals wet from spring rain around my finger, trembling when hungry, soothed once again when they find me and his tummy is filled once again.

He was snuggled close, closer than skin to me.

Big brother Josh was half a year past three. He would stand there, asking, “Mommy, will you read me a book…?” Whenever I was about to take a breath, his little voice would find me wherever I went, because he needed more of me.

I finally made it.  I survived my childhood.

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Because some days you need a double shot of faith