Tuesday, August 4, 2015


One way that I cope with life, no matter what is going on, is through music. We are a very musically inclined family. Zach was a band director up until this year and I played the flute for many years up through college. I’ve had several songs that have carried me through this week. Thank you to the many sweet friends who have shared songs that have helped them in hard times!

This one has been on repeat since the day Leslie died after my friend Sarah shared it with me.

This has long been one of my favorite songs, especially when things are hard. But a few months ago, it home on a whole new level. I feel like this song is about Leslie, talking about a heart that’s frail and worn, how it takes work to keep on breathing. Jesus has truly given her rest.

My friend Rachel asked me if I had heard this song, and I had not. But oh my stars, is it every appropriate in this case? And, oh does this hurt!

Even when the fight seems lost, I'll praise You
Even when it hurts like hell, I'll praise You
Even when it makes no sense to sing, louder then I'll sing Your praise

A blog friend sent me this one yesterday morning and it made me weep, in a very comforted way.

Do you have any other songs to share with me that would be comforting at this time?


And one last thing… my amazing friend, Ashley, owner of SheShe Made, has gone above and beyond and has created a darling dress inspired by Leslie. IMG_2994

She will be selling these dresses starting Wednesday on Instagram (follow @sheshemade). She is donating ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of her profits to the college/wedding fund for Caroline and Ainsley. Ashley has made many outfits and gifts for my children and others, and the quality of her work is phenomenal! I can’t wait to see Ava, Caroline, and Ainsley in this dress inspired by Leslie, who would have absolutely loved having a piece of clothing designed in her honor! So come shop Wednesday and get a beautiful dress for the little girl in your life and help support my sweet nieces!


  1. Love that SheSheMade is doing this-can't wait to see the dress!!!

  2. I don't have Instagram but would be interested in buying a dress...is there a way I can do this?

  3. I can't wait to see the dress!! I'm getting Landry one for sure. It is such an amazing gesture of love for Ashley to do this!

  4. When picking out songs for my Mom's funeral one that was comforting for us was MercyMe's I Can Only Imagine - it was one that she told my sister that she like and that song seems to come on a lot and brings me comfort that my Mom is safe in the arms of Jesus and healed from her cancer...songs are so powerful and it still amazes me how I can 'hear' something different from a song at different times...Jana

  5. Love It is Well. Our pastor shared this with us a few months ago. You've probably heard both of these, and in fact, you may have shared one with me, but I also love listening to Jeremy Camp's There Will Be a Day and also Hillson United, and their song Oceans.

    Hugs!! <3

  6. This is probably my favorite song right now. Good Good Father - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djrY_eFDOwE

    "You're a good, good Father.
    It's who You are, it's who You are, it's who You are.
    And I'm loved by You.
    It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am."

  7. Listen to Held by Natalie Grant. So good! And, This Little Light of Mine by Addison Road (love this version!). Praying for you, sweet Sarah, and your family!

  8. Have you ever heard the song, "There Will Be a Day" by Jeremy Camp? You need to listen to it. It totally reminds me of Leslie and her family. This is my favorite video of this song... you have to listen to the sermon just before he sings the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHh58d9W4ZQ

  9. The Song "I will Carry You" by Selah is one that I would suggest. The last verse takes my breath as I imagine God "carrying" our loved ones who have been called home. Know that your family continues to be in my prayers.

  10. "You Make Me Brave", by Bethel (the same group as "It Is Well" is a beautiful song that might give you some peace. I think of your family often and you're in my prayers.


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