wow, just wow.  I am constantly amazed at God and how he works.  I have loved reading and responding to your comments from my post last week . thank you for taking time to say hi and tell me a little bit about yourself.  Sometimes it’s easy in the internet-land to sort of forget that people are actually reading my thoughts turned into words.  You are real people, with real life experiences, real stories, and real struggles.  Thank you for opening up your hearts and stories to me.  and thank you for reading along this crazy story God is writing for our lives.

I was listening to a podcast a friend sent me this weekend about hope in the face of hopelessness and I was reminded that GOD IS REAL.  Yes, reminded.  sometimes I’m talking, praying, worshiping, journaling to God and sometimes I just blow right past the fact that HE IS REAL.  He really sent his son to live a blameless life on this earth.  Jesus really died on a cross for MY sin.  He really rose from the grave!  He really is making all things new.

even when I can’t feel him, hear him, see him working..He is there.  Not only is GOD real, but my RELATIONSHIP with him is real.  He really is my heavenly father.  and He really is good.  He is merciful, gracious, compassionate, and more concerned with my soul than my circumstances.  in my waiting, in my desert season I have to REMEMBER constantly that God is real.  I have to get in his word.  even if I have to fight to believe, fight to hope…I will fight.

I know I’m not the only one in a season of waiting.  I know that God has more for me than I could ever imagine.  I know He’s asking me to submit to his full authority and TRUST him.  God is working in my waiting, sanctifying me.  he’s teaching me to trust! in the words of one of my new favorite worship songs “sovereign over us” by Aaron Keys…

 

“your plans are still to prosper / you have not forgotten us

you are with us in the fire and in the flood 

faithful forever, perfect in love

you are sovereign over us.

even what the enemy means for evil, you turn it for our good,

you turn it for our good, and your glory

even in the valley you are faithful

you’re working for our good + for your glory” 

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  • Kiersten DeLong - Oh dear, sweet Wynne. I usually quietly read and sometimes re-post and like your posts. But I want you to know that I always finish reading them encouraged, inspired, challenged. You have such an amazing talent with your words and such beautiful insight into the goodness of our GOD. You have challenged me to change the way I view things, to thirst more for GOD, and to be intentional with how I interact with people. Thank you for sharing your life and story with so many of us. You are a blessing dear sister.ReplyCancel

friends, thank you for your grace.

and your patience we me.  I’ve so missed this space.  and you.

I really would love to know who all is out there reading?  

what stage of life are you in?  what season?  what is your biggest obstacle?  what’s your greatest dream?

what do you come to this space to find? //  encouragement? stories? new places to shop? to know you aren’t alone in adoption or infertility?

I want this space to be a place where you are filled up and I also want it to be a place that gives me LIFE.  and writing does just that.  but before we go on….what would you like to hear about?

this place will still remain a place for me to share my thoughts, my heart, my fears and desires.  a place to record the highs and lows of life.  and the pieces that I share my heart have become my most favorite posts to go back to.  so I’m about to get real.

but please, comment [through wordpress or Facebook!] and tell me who you are and what brings you here.  I really do want to know you!

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the first few weeks here have been hard.  really hard.  like my sweet son Camp, I too apparently really struggle with transitions.  I don’t know if I just was so much of a dreamer that I assumed everything would play out perfectly here.  maybe i have really high expectations.  well, I know I have high expectations.  i look back to our move from austin to midland that was completely different.  then we were just married, no kids, and knew hardly anyone.  that was such a time to find my own identity.

I learned so much those first few years who I was apart from my family and those who knew and loved me.  it was painful, but it was worth it.  we formed amazing relationships in midland, and built an amazing community.  we were serving in local ministries and the church and by the time we left, were pretty connected.  i guess i just assumed in my head that that same thing would happen here overnight.  while last time we didn’t know anyone -this time we’ve been majorly connected to a community.

the people at our church have totally taken us in and for that, we are forever grateful.  we are forming these friendships on a rock.  it might take a while to build the history, but are headed in that direction.

i feel like i haven’t really gotten into any sort of rhythm.  i have no routine.  i want to get back into work, but it seems like i have no motivation.  have all these great ideas and goals but something is holding me back from really going for them.  is it time? am i too tired?  fear? my kids really are taking every ounce of me.  and it’s overwhelming.  but i know that god will give me only what i can handle and there is grace enough for THAT DAY!  

as I’m “wandering in the desert” I can trust that God is with me, He will never leave me and He will give me enough manna for each day.  he’s asking me to TRUST him, and trust him I will.

“you keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” Isaiah 26:3

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  • jen - hi there,

    i so get this. we moved from austin to florida in september and it still feels hard some days. i have no doubt this was the right move for us and i like our new home/city (having the beach down the road doesn’t hurt!) but i miss our friends/family and that familiar “home” feeling SO much. (also, mexican food. i miss mexican food) we have found a church and i am slowly making connections with friends but it just takes time. i am so wanting to have that instant community that we left in austin but i have to keep remembering that it took years to build that community. i really been asking God to keep my patient and waiting on Him to put people in my path and then give me the boldness to love them well and intentionally as i pursue a new community here. it’s hard sometimes but i feel like on those days when i am especially discouraged, God shows me something encouraging in a new relationship. i will be praying for you as i pray for my own situation too :)ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - I read along! Would love to hear more about adoption because we are halfway through our home study and/or about infertility because we have been trying {again} for two years and 13 months of fertility treatments + surgery = still so tough! We also move cities about every two years so I resonate with that aspect of your blog too (and also the aspect of seeing the body of Christ totally embrace you and love you immediately!!)
    Bottom line: keep doing what you’re doing! You are an encouragement in my faith journey!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - ive been reading along for awhile. I too have two little ones from Ethiopia, both toddlers. I would love to hear more about how you are handling these toddler years. what’s working and what’s not. I have no close friends or family who have adopted, so those around me don’t quite get it. They don’t seem to understand that my kids come from hard places, and may not always react as people feel they should. So I like to hear how others are handling things!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey - I have been following your blog for about 6 months, & I can’t remember how I first found it! But I do remember why I came back: your honesty & your cute kids. I have had a heart for adoption since I was 7 years old & I attended a “Gotcha Day” party for twins adopted from Eastern Europe celebrating their first year in their forever family! I’m single & I pray the Lord will bring me a husband with a heart for adoption as well.

    My season of life right now? I’m 23 years old & I live in Southeast Asia (but I’m American, from Georgia) where I’m learning language & culture. I’m just following the Lord wherever He sets my steps… which happens to be on the other side of the world! Read more about the day-to-day on my blog, http://traceyeliz.blogspot.com

    & by the way, I love your ombre-blue hair!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - I am so sorry it’s been a hard transition, but I love that you were so obedient to the Lord’s calling! I’m so glad you have felt so welcomed!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I am a long time reader! Currentely a month or two out from a move to Texas actually! My husband and I work at the same company and both of our jobs are relocating. We are also in the midst of a private newborn adoption. We would be further along, but the agency asked us to go on hold until we get settled in our new home. We have no kiddos now, just pups. So much change and transition coming for us soon! I enjoy reading your posts and have been praying for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Oh, change is so hard! I always admire your transparency and bravery. We are preparing to move to Austin from Memphis for no other reason than God leading us there. I’m thankful others (like you) can relate to this life of crazy faith that we are ALL called to live. It gives me courage when I feel afraid. Also, your honesty re: infertility has made me braver as I share my story with others. The truth drives away the shame! Thankful for you!ReplyCancel

  • Dakota Hurley - My heart aches for you. I too, feel the same “uneasy” since my youngest was born 6 months ago. I still have no routine or motivation and this makes me feel lost most of the time. Thanks for sharing your heart so I’m not feeling alone. Xoxo. Blessings, DakotaReplyCancel

  • Krista Box - My sweet friend. Oh how I love to know what is on your heart. Transition is hard, but transition into something BIG God is calling you into is covered in spiritual warfare… which makes is much harder. I love you and this season you are in right now… it’s not forever and it’s not without purpose. That verse that you quoted is the exact verse God gave me to wrestle with last year. His word is so good. I love that you got some space to write, I know that is therapeutic. : ) Praying for rich time with the Lord and sweet time with your family. To answer your question, I come to this space to read more about what God is doing in and through you. It gives me something to relate to. One day at a time my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Chelsea - Hi,
    Thank you so much for your refreshing honesty and sweet words on your blog. I stumbled onto your blog not long ago and am in the middle of a hard season of waiting. My husband and I are currently on the infant domestic adoption waiting list in the state of Michigan and man, it is difficult to simply “wait around” for an e-mail or phone call that could change your life. Through prayer and blogs like yours though, I am still encouraged and hopeful. Please keep writing and sharing your heart!
    ~ ChelseaReplyCancel

  • Sarah Goldstein Roney - Transitions test and try us like nothing else. Especially transitions with children. I will be praying for you through this time and believing that the goodness of the Lord with bring you peace as you walk the journey ahead. One day you are going to wake up and see the beauty in this new place…. it will feel like home.ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Dayton - I could have written this myself two years ago or even last year, maybe even today. I moved two year ago back to the U.S after living in Kuwait for over 6 years. The Transition was so much harder then I expected because like you I thought it would just happen, I mean, I knew God was leading us back here and I knew we were following Him, but the transition is still in motion two and few months later. I guess because things just don’t look like I expected nor how they did there. I will pray for you through this, it is hard, but it gets easier and PRAISE JESUS you have a good community all ready there welcoming you in. Give yourself time to grieve the loss of your friendships as they change to being long distant and the loss of your lifestyle and just take things one day at a time. Your NEW life is waiting ahead of you, and God has plans that you can’t even imagine.ReplyCancel

  • Suzi E - Hi sweet one,
    I found your blog through follow Fridays on Instagram I think. It clicked with me as one of my daughters, so dear to my heart, lives in College Station! She has so struggled to find a church, community and fellowship. Struggling with infertility has isolated her in most fellowship activities which are focuses for those her age. Unfortunately it seems infertility is a silent struggle especially in many church situations. Anyway they are attending #declarationbcs and are liking it so far …
    Prayers for you as you settle in – SuziReplyCancel

  • paige - always love to see how you pen your heart here in this space…
    you are loved dearly
    i know there are highs & lows right now. you guys have had ALOT on your plate over the last couple years. a LOT. give yourself some grace my friend. this years its so easy to feel like you want to do so much….and YOU do…i encourage you to also enjoy the time that you are taking roots and digging deep…give yourself grace to not do all & be all right now. you are a giver and an encourager…i pray you enjoy being given to & filled up by your new family there!
    see YOU SOON!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon - i’ve followed your blog and IG for about 6 months, I think? Adoptive mama here, with one of my girls from Ethiopia. We moved from TX to NC almost 2 years ago, and I can relate to so much of what you are posting these days. It took awhile for us to find a rhythm as well. It will come, and I’m glad you can see the beginnings of deep friendships forming now. Our church community was a rock for us. I appreciate your honesty and willingness to say that it’s hard. Keep being vulnerable and reaching out. Your people are there and you will find them.ReplyCancel

  • Shelby Meyer - (FINALLY getting around to comment. I’ve been reading this post repeatedly for the last few days with every intention to respond. I feel a little goofy doing it now with your recent post, but I’m doing it anyway!) I totally feel you on the transitions. Every move we’ve made took a solid six months to feel like home. My hubby is in school right now, so each semester brings it’s own transitions of schedules and expectations. I’m so ready to see consistency in my life. I’m glad to hear you have a good community to walk through the time with. That is something precious :) I’m here for encouragement – I’m a year and half into my own secondary infertility journey, and looking for a community of women (especially moms going through it) who can speak God’s sovereignty and love to me when I have trouble believing in it myself. Thanks for sharing your journey so openly. It’s blessed this stranger’s life.ReplyCancel

  • Joanne LaBuda - I read your blog because I love your sweet heart and am inspired by how you walk out your faith. I am a single mom of three who raised my kids in one town. My two oldest kids went to the same state university, but the LORD led my youngest daughter and I to a new state and a new life when it was time for her to go to college. I found a great church and joined a small group that would later become so incredibly precious to me. Four months after we moved here, the LORD brought my oldest daughter home. During those early months of grief, I sensed that He had brought me here, so that He could heal me in the way He intended, because I didn’t know that many people and family and old friends were far away. It was there that I met Him in a BIG way that has changed everything for me. Ever since I “met” you through your blog, I began praying daily for the LORD’s will for you to become pregnant. I also pray every day for your husband. You love BIG and brave and you inspire me to live and love that way, too. Am believing that the LORD has you right where He wants you and that He is doing things during this time that you will look back on and be, oh, so grateful for!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Gunn - Hi Wynne! :)

    I have been a “secret reader” of your blog for a couple years now. Okay typing that is embarrassing. :) I never comment on blogs but felt compelled to stop in and drop you a line! I just want to thank you so much for your blog. I come here often to find encouragement, inspiration, and to learn about awesome fair trade and give back companies! I can absolutely relate about the transitioning season! My husband and I (married 4 years, no kiddos yet) just returned home from a year long backpacking trip around the world, serving in missions and outreaches in every country we traveled to. All glory to God and HIS amazing grace and provision, we traveled to 25 countries serving Him last year. It was the best year of my life, without a doubt. I was excited to come home and see my family and friends who I missed so much but I will be honest and say: IT HAS BEEN HARD. So hard to come home from an epic (understatement) year like that. So hard to dive back into a “normal” life and routine. I’ve realized I am scared of routine in a lot of ways. I have always felt called to BIG things and the Nations, yet we feel like we are supposed to have a home base here (we live in Sarasota, FL). Anyways, I could write a book about my transition season but I just wanted to share my heart for a minute and say that I.get.it. You are not alone!! I also want you to know that you have given me great inspiration because I see you as someone who is living out both sides of my calling and life. I deeply admire how you live intentionally with passion in your hometown, yet travel across the world to serve in places like Africa. You have shown me a beautiful of example of how I CAN do both things I feel in my heart that God is calling me to do. Anyways, I will let you go because this comment is getting embarrassingly long, hah! I hope we can be friends! :) I think you are incredible and you have impacted my life more than you will ever know! Be Blessed, girl! :)ReplyCancel

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words really do fail me to completely express to you the feeling and atmosphere at IF:Austin.  2,000 women gathered from all over the country in one room.  it truly feels like one body…like the church, and we HAD church here last night as Melinda Dolittle led us in “break every chain”.  The spirit was tangible, like we could reach out and feel the living God among us.

We are at war, and chains were beginning to fall last night.  there is indeed an ARMY rising up, and it starts with us.  with you, and with me.

“We are at war and the prize is faith.” -Jennie Allen 

this is my personal biggest take away:  faith is something I’ve struggled to understand this year.  amidst hard things in my own life.  what is my faith really in?  what is faith?  how do I get more faith? how do I make sure my faith is built on something real?

I’ve been trying to muster up enough faith to receive the promises of God.

I’ve had somewhat of a “crisis of faith” this year time and time again – waiting on the promises of God, believing and hoping IN HIM, but also in what he can give me.  if I’m being honest.

Last night when Jen said “faith is not the formula to get the good stuff, it IS the good stuff” it wrecked me.  FAITH IS THE PRIZE.  Even if I go through this whole life journey and never reach the “other side” of healing or the things I’m believing for….HE IS ENOUGH.  the journey to grow my faith IS ENOUGH.  it’s worth it.

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so faith, it “doesn’t demand that God explains himself”.

There have been times this weekend that we pause, turn to our neighbors and go through some great discussion questions.  one of those questions for our little tribe last night was “what is faith mean to you” and as I was unpacking my friend Emily said something that also wrecked me.  She asked, “so what happens if God does what you want him to, then what?”

quite honestly, I’ve thought through what happens if He doesn’t…He’s taken me on this journey the past 5+ years, but beyond thinking that He would get all the glory in my story, I hadn’t thought through what happens to my faith IF God decides to heal my body this side of heaven.  

It makes me think about faith being the prize even more.  It makes me want to know the character of God more.  It makes me want HIM more, and not the “stuff” He can give me.

I’ve done a lot of confessing this weekend, and I know it was going on around the world last night with women dropping to our knees, raising our hands, and giving ourselves fully to the one who created us, the good father who loves us, and is sovereign over it all. 

infertility may always be a part my story.  I didn’t choose this path, and at times (like last night) I grieve it, and how it’s made my life look so different than I would have ever imagined.  but God….BUT GOD!  His plans for me are good, He is a good good father.  my faith is becoming stronger, and that is my prize.

what about you?  what is faith to you?  

 some other amazing nuggets I’ve taken away from this weekend:

“surround yourself with the people who speak what they see in you” – Bob Goff

“the broken place is also the breaking free place”- Ann Voskamp 

“Somebody is looking at you – and someone needs to see you walk this journey of following God’s calling.”- Shauna Niequist

“Being faithful doesn’t mean you are fearless. It just means that your faith is greater than your fear.” – Christine Caine 

“The call of God IS inconvenient” – Christine Caine 

#ifgathering [follow the hashtag for more amazing nuggets]

 

  • Allison h. - I’ve been watching the conference from my computer screen at home a little lonely if I’m honest but love seeing everyone’s experiences lived out on instagram/twitter/blogs. Hope you are feeling energized and filled to the brim!!!ReplyCancel

    • Courtney L. - I, too, am watching from home! So many awesome women sharing such powerful words and truth… I can literally feel the energy through the computer screen. Would love to experience IF:Gathering in person one day! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Yes, yes, and yes! I felt so compelled to pray for you and all the other infertility girls this weekend. What a powerful weekend! God was with us in a big way all over the world! I’m still processing.ReplyCancel

  • Allison Ramsing - I’m watching the conference online and I love reading how God’s growing your faith through it as well! Praying for you beautiful friend!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Bunker - I’m slowly processing this weekend hoping to stream some words together in a blog post soon about all the feels. IF truly facilitated a raw encounter with God and I’m so thankful for that in this season.

    Would love a chance to sit and talk someday but glad we got the opportunity to exchange quick hellos. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kiersten - I started watching the livestream on Saturday night and then ended up buying the session downloads because I didn’t get through them all before they expired. I had gotten through seesion 1 and half of session 2. I took a break just before Ann Voskamp started speaking (had to head to youthgroup). And let me tell you I haven’t had that many goosebumps or cried that much in a long time. I am still processing and JEN’s words were ones that I so needed to hear and need to write on my heart. I hope I can make it to one of the Gatherings in person in the next year or two. Would love to be able to sit with this community of women and soak in God’s Spirit as one body.ReplyCancel

  • Paige Leverette Knudsen - it’s been so special for me to be your big sis ( not yo mama, hear that? i’m not yo mama. wink) these last couple years and see all that HE is doing in and through you wynnie. your heart for people. your heart for the world. your heart for stephen asher & camp. i love you & love watching you become all that he has for you <3ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - Oh I do wish I could have been there. Our family is moving to Austin this summer (God willing..), so next year I am so there!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - ” faith doesn’t demand that God explains himself”. – So true! Thanks for sharing this post!ReplyCancel

  • Libby Wendland - Wynne this post WRECKED me to my soul…. Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

hey there friends.  so here’s the deal – when I started really using Essential Oils back in late August, I wasn’t really blogging that much.  or I had a lot of other things going on?  I’m not sure, but I never really blogged about how I started this whole journey with essential oils.    SO!  I’m sharing that story here with you! Last week I posted a quick chat I had with my oil mentor, Casey, but here’s some more in depth resources, books, and info for you. If you are interested in becoming an “oiler”, visit my essential oils page here.

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I’ll tell you a little about our oil journey – I’ve used a few oils here and there for about a year, as friends have given them to me and instructed me on how to use them, but honestly y’all – it felt so overwhelming.  I kept saying “next time I have $150 I’m going to go ALL IN on this…” but it took a while.  I’ve heard so many great things about how to use essential oils in your home and with your children, to prevent sickness and keep everyone well, and while as a mom that is SUPER important to me, it still felt overwhelming to overhaul my whole “medicine cabinet”.  Enter my good friend of 10+ years, Casey Wiegand.  She opened my eyes to a whole other benefit of essential oils – using them for ME, and for my health and my womanly needs – oh the dreaded hormones!

 

She sent me to listen to this amazing webinar called The Dragon Slayer – addressing women’s health and hormones naturally  [email me for password if you want to listen! ] and after listening to that, I got on the phone with her the next day and ordered not only my starter kit but a few other oils that were mentioned in this webinar, which is based on a book I’ve read called Taming the Dragon Within.  I also have being doing research on infertility, which is something we have been struggling with for over 5 years, on this website and am also reading Inner Transformations Using Essential Oils  Also by recommendation am reading another book along the same lines called Woman Code.   I am so early in my research process, but finding it very interesting how our hormones [estrogen and progesterone], adrenals, thyroid, liver, colon etc affect EVERYTHING for us women.

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I feel like I need some sort of disclaimer here, but there are a few Young Living oils that use for hormone balance + that time of the month- dragon time, joy, valor, clary sage, ylang ylang, progessense plus, and sclar essence.  I think the thing I’m learning, is you have to be consistent.  These oils aren’t like medicine, where you take them when you are sick – we have to be more preventative and proactive with them!  I may be confessing to be an oil addict already…

I have just been so AMAZED at the power of the oils with my kids too!  With them in school, and Camp + Asher being around lots of kids, it’s easy to worry about getting the first of the season cold come on.  There are some really amazing resources for how to effectively and efficiently use oils for your kids – I’ve loved dog-earing so many pages of Gentle Babies .  I put thieves on their feet in the mornings to help ward off this flu season.  I ordered these awesome roller’s that I’ve mixed a “allergy bomb” and a “cold bomb” mixture to have on hand for Camp + Asher to rub on their feet and chest daily.IMG_4413

Ultimately  y’all, there are SO MANY RESOURCES!  If you are reading this and you are all, what the heck?  I don’t even know what an essential oil is?  Well Casey + Kristen have awesome classes you should check out starting with Intro to Oils.  Casey also has a Facebook group, Casey Leigh Essentials you can join, and the Baby Steps website has some great content!  You can visit me on instagram @wynnesessentials. My handy-dandy pocket reference guide goes with me pretty much everywhere.  You have to do your own research, and make sure you know exactly how to apply the oils.  I promise, once you get into it, it’s not overwhelming anymore – but somewhat addicting.  It’s a LIFESTYLE change, and one we are so happy and encouraged to be on.

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If you have any questions, feel free to comment, or email me [wynne.elder@gmail.com] or would like to sign up and join our team visit this link here!

  • Caroline - Love me some Prog Plus!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - So, I’m totally a DoTerra lady, BUT I will say, isn’t it wonderful to have the knowledge and gift of these oils to use on our kids?! I use them for fertility, but I REALLY use them on the kids and am so grateful for something so natural, pure and from GOD to use on them for all kinds of stuff! :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Flores - …sharing this. xoxoReplyCancel

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson

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it’s really refreshing to be around people who OWN THEIR STORY.

this past weekend I spent 5 days with women from around the country who are fearlessly owning their stories, and devoting time and energy to speak on behalf of the vunerable.  Yes, I’m talking about my Noonday Collection tribe.  I love these women – women from all seasons of life who are passionate, humble, gracious, and fierce!  Our leader, Jessica, speaks to my heart so much.  She’s a dear friend and sister and her freedom over the years has trickled down to on me.

I see her living her ONE life wild + free on fire for Jesus and I want that.  I don’t want to live in this shame that I so often live in, but I want to OWN MY STORY and truly live alive.

One of my favorite things Jess said over the weekend was “When each of us owns our true story, we exude the type of gracious confidence that other women want to be around.”

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Yes, let’s be those kind of women.  “Women who’s identity does not depend on depriving others of theirs.”  Instead of feeling shameful that I am a work-from-home studio mama, I am going to own the fact that God gave me this passion, drive, connection, influence, and vision to be a self starter and creative!  I am going to [so many Jessica quotes!] “understand my limitations and reach out and ask for help,”  I am going to own the fact that when we move, I might need some extra help on non-school days from a sweet college girl.  I am going to own this opportunity as a chance to pour into a college student, give my kids a valuable experience, and give myself grace and permission to do what God has created me to do!

this is vunerability.  this is living alive.  this is owning my story.

** also, never thought I’d be the “infertility girl” but thankful God can use my story to bring Him glory.  read more on the carry camp here.**

what’s your story? how has God created YOU to be?  Because the amazing thing is, He doesn’t create us all the same.  He created me to be creative-dreamer-connector-story teller-visionary-writer-influencer-advocate-traveler-high capacity starter!  How did He create you?

own it and be free.

let’s stop comparing ourselves to each other, and run our own race with humility and tenacity.  let’s speak life into our friends – lets call out the goodness we see in them.  let’s give them words that they can cling to.  so many of my words came from truth spoken into me by someone who knows and loves me.  sometimes they can see things in me that I can’t see in me.  lets speak up!

“lets practice vunerability and connection a lot more, and comparison and perfectionism a lot less.”

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love how my friend Megan so vulnerably put it…

“I’m not going to be afraid to do what I’m good at doing, and I encourage you to do the same. We are all playing a vital part in this story, and we all need each other to make the best version of this story, this story that is changing the world. So let’s stop being preoccupied with shrinking back, with looking inward, with being afraid of what others will think…let’s stand and claim the freedom that is already afforded to us. Let’s take action to shine, not for us, but for others. Let’s get over ourselves and be free.”

  • Paige Leverette Knudsen - beautiful!! love you sister <3ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Bunker - First, this was a timely word for me. Thank you. Second, that first pic of you is gorgeous! :)ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Worley - oh i just love this so much. this is my heart right here as well. people owning their stories but also being willing to dig deep into the hearts of others. beautiful Wynne!ReplyCancel

  • Cara Hudson Coleman - reminds me so much of our conversation the other day { which I loved by the way}. That sometimes we shrink back from our gifts, callings and visions because they don’t look “holy” or “churchy” or “post worthy”. Yes! Let us pulllleeaasseee “get over ourselves and be free”! much love sisterReplyCancel

  • Aligna Bluhm - Love this!!!!!!!!!!!❤️ReplyCancel

  • Rebeka Brooks - Thank you! Its what I needed to hear and always need reminded of!ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - This just hit the nail on the head! Thank you for the great reminder to think less of what the world thinks and just SHINE my brightest! <3 <3 <3

    Mimi
    http://thisdomesticateddiva.comReplyCancel

  • Tabitha Panariso - Wynee, I have been reading your site forever and I just love the refreshment that your words provide. I am actually looking to be a Noonday Ambassador and am looking for some feedback on it. I am a little nervous and want to hear about someone else’s perspective. Do you mind sharing?ReplyCancel