Thursday, July 24, 2014

noonday trunk show

If you haven't heard of Noonday, I strongly encourage you to check it out and to consider purchasing with purpose. I've become such a fan of Noonday, an incredible organization that creates economic opportunity for the vulnerable around the world. Simply put, you can purchase beautifully handmade accessories while helping artisans rise out of poverty AND a portion of the sales goes toward adoptions! It's an amazing mission that I'm so excited to be able to support!

Recently my friend Brooke (an amazing Noonday Ambassador) came to host a Trunk Show at my house. The weather was beautiful for an outdoor event so Drew helped me arrange the furniture outside. Here are the picture details of the setup from our fun evening:

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And all of the beautifully handmade jewelry from the Noonday Collection:
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Thank you to all the friends that were able to attend the party! And even if you didn't attend and would like to place an order to benefit my friend's adoption there's still time (you have until July 25).

2. Shop and add items to your cart.
3. At the check out select "Brooke Ackley" as your ambassador from the drop down list and
manually type "Groll Adoption" in the trunk show box at the top of the check out page.

Thank you for your support!

Friday, July 11, 2014

recent revelation

The Lord has been inviting me. He is beckoning me to draw near. He is stirring me to enter into His presence, to experience and to go deeper. This is not new. This is His grace. The invitation has been ever present. He has always pursued me (as He pursues each one of us) but recently He has made me more aware of His constant pursuit of me and it is undeniable and utterly romantic.

So deeply romantic, beyond every cheesy romantic cliche from happily-ever-after to soul-mate that takes-my-breath-away to beyond-my-wildest-dreams to fairy-tale and prince-charming. I'm talking the greatest love story, full of mystery and passion. My God intensely and passionately loves me. He whispers 'I love you' as He takes care of my every need. He shouts 'I love you' when He excites my heart in the truth. He embraces me in the comfort of His overwhelming presence. He knows me. He is personal. He uses personally unique details to reveal Himself to me. He knows what makes me laugh. He makes me laugh. He invites adventure and spurs spontaneity as He places wild desires within my heart. He satisfies the longing of my soul for community with Him. He rescues me from my death. He desires me. He pursues me as He seeks out all avenues to meet with me. And on and on my God actively and fiercely loves me.

This is incredible. This is humbling. This is the truth.
And I am here to tell you that His promises are true.
I encourage you to "Taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34:8).
Praying the Lord will open your eyes to see His great love for you.

James 4:8
Come close to God, and God will come close to you.

Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Jeremiah 33:3
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.



Thursday, June 26, 2014

bringing home a child from hard places

I just have to share this because it is so good. We've found it to be true in our experience of adopting children from hard places. Read this:

http://www.vergenetwork.org/2014/05/03/four-things-to-do-when-bringing-home-a-child-from-hard-places/


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

like a mother needs coffee

Coffee was such a casual thing for me just a couple years ago. I was a social drinker mostly. A pretender really, preferring my cream to the coffee. I drank recreationally on weekends. I was no addict. In fact Drew and I would jest about “those people” that claimed they couldn’t function without it. I took pride in my lack of dependency to the substance. We’d say things like “must have coffee" or "NEED caffeine" in our best sluggish-caveman voice whenever we sipped the beverage.
Now as a mother to four people, part of the appeal is simply having my own thing each morning and not sharing. That along with the undeniable comfort the warm cup and the necessary perk the caffeine provide. Plus for half a second I can pretend to block out the smell of that dirty diaper when I tip the cup back for a swig. I guess I finally get it. I find myself often longing for my next cup like that dirty diaper needs to go away. All I can say is I need coffee, like a mother. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

little league with J & P


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A couple of goofballs. 

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Getting some practice in with Coach Dad. 

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