An Advent Hope |


hope I get that new job. I hope my home gets cleaned soon. I hope to have time to make it to that party. I hope my parents get healthy soon. I hope my brother finds someone to marry. I hope my kids turn out to be good people.

Plenty of things to hope for, right? And these are all good things – healthy family members, successful careers, good relationships. But what happens when those things don’t turn out the way we think/hope/work for? Where is our hope found then?
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Happy Thanksgiving |


Happy Thanksgiving, friends! A and I are in Oklahoma this week celebrating the holiday with my mom’s side of the family and it’s been wonderful so far. It’s about a 9 hour drive so we woke up super early on Sunday and drove down. I’ve all been busting out tons of homework, papers, and content this week as well and am just loving the break from work and home-life to relax, refresh, and be creative.

I hope wherever you are today that you are able to find something to be thankful for, knowing that even in the midst of great tragedy, pain, or discontentment, that God truly is still good and is still walking with us through all.

Happy Thanksgiving! And make sure and check back in next week as we kick off a new Advent blog series.

Anniversary Roadtrip Through Delaware and Connecticut | amandabixler.cmo


Friends, it has been a week! On Monday I started a new job and am still going to graduate school full-time, a little insane! I’m trying to take my own advice and not multi-task, take a breather, and change the way I approach my day. I also really don’t want to miss this season – November & December are my two favorite months of the year and they always feel like such a sweet time of slowing down, reflecting on the year, and give thanks for all those memories. Plus the cheerful Christmas music helps!Read More »

Gratitude: What I Loved in October 2016 |


This is part of my monthly Gratitude series – make sure and check out August’s and September’s Gratitude posts as well.

October was an incredibly full, adventurous, and delicious month! Between our big east coast vacation and my mother-in-law being in town for a couple of days, not much got done on the home front but tons of amazing memories were made. I can’t wait to continue processing and sharing all of our adventures with you and encourage you to take adventures of your own!
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Vacation in Washington DC |


Last week I began to share about our trip on the east coast, beginning with my brother’s wedding in Charlotte, NC. The day after the wedding, after a quick (and absolutely delicious) breakfast at the Flying Biscuit, A & I hit the road. Our plan was to spend the first half of the day driving up to Washington DC, check in to our AirBNB, and then spend some time that evening exploring the Mall (where all the iconic government buildings are).
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Finding Rest and Why It's About the Heart |


Do you ever feel stuck, unmotivated and overwhelmed? Tempted to give in to the pressures around you and say yes to just one more thing, even though you really don’t want to do it? Or what about those “shoulds”? Like, well I “should”sign up and volunteer for (yet another) charity and I “should” super duper deep clean my home every other day and I “should” work later in the evening so my boss doesn’t think I’m a flake?
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