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@ruffledbygrace

M. Wahila

ruffledbygrace

Picturing the irreverent, unexpected and hysterical ways we are ruffled by grace!

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This rentrée has me all like: "does not meet expectations" ✅ in pretty much every sphere of my life.  It's been a fast and furious rentrée. Honestly, it's ending up pretty easy to feel like a failure.  So it was a nice surprise to see this picture of myself snapped earlier this September. Though I've been feeling a little like I've run out of grace and joy, this snapshot tells a different story.  The shot was taken at a celebration of love with lots of great friends. It was taken through the lens of my friend's camera. It's what she saw and captured of me in the moment.  And it's a good reminder of a few important things:  1. I'm glad she could help me tell my story. Friends, we are called to do life together - to celebrate together and to stand together. Sometimes that means helping our friends tell their story - the hard parts or the parts they can't see.  2. There's always enough grace. It doesn't always feel like it, but there is! And there's enough to be refilled, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Thank you, Lord, for this gift.  It's Monday. I can't promise a smile like this, but I can promise grace, lots of coffee, probably some 'Murican brownies, and a new start for a new week. Be #ruffledbygrace anew this week.  #faith #grace #love #thankyoulord #merciseigneur #joy #joie #enjoythelittlethings #enjoythemoment #lifelessons #life #frenchlife #france #paris #parislife #rentrée #latergram #cestlundi
20 years ago yesterday (yes, I am a little behind) we became a thing ❤️ Here are some great TBT photos to commemorate.  Lots of love, laughter, and tears shared with @kevin_doubleyou.  #timeflies #love #grace #lifetogether #happiness #joy #marriage #highschoolsweethearts #laughter #laughtogether #forever
There are so many things that I loved about this chapel and it's history.  Tucked away on a side street in Paris, I couldn't help but be captivated by its beauty.  Perhaps most striking to me was the simple benediction given as you exit, "La protection de dieu est toujours la!" #faith #joy #beauty #prayer #miracles #medaillemiraculeuse #paris #parislife #parisliving #simplebeauty #enjoythelittlethings #hiddengem #streetsofparis
Sometimes we can see the storm approaching, but amidst the darkness... LIGHT still surprises us, shining brightly to reflect beauty and grace.  As we strolled through the streets of Paris after church today, we were certain we were going to get caught in the rain, but instead we caught the most amazing light show - reflections all around us, illuminating the architecture and flowers. The contrast of light and dark was particularly striking and beautiful. And eventually, the rain came... . . . . . . #faith #light #joy #beauty #grace #enjoythelittlethings #paris #parislife #parisliving #streetsofparis #france #francelife #frenchlife #sundaystroll #storm #stormyskies #rain #sunshowers #nofilter
Everyone loves the first week of school, but surviving the second week of school?! That calls for coffee at my favorite shop!!! . . . . . . #mom #momlife #boymom #momofboys #school #enjoythelittlethings #coffee #coffeeaddict #coffeelove #coffeelover #smallthings #smallgraces #grace #loveinacup #rentrée
Calais was such a lovely surprise! We enjoyed amazing food, the friendly locals, and the beautiful architecture and gardens... Oh, and the very windy and cold beach 🌊 😬. . . . . . . #parisliving #parislife #france #frenchlife #french #art #rodin #sculpture #weekend #weekendvibes #travel #enjoythelittlethings #calais #beach #plage #quicktrip #weekendtrip #traintravel #tgv #latergram
At the threshold of a new school year, we are hoping and praying for "everyday grace." I can't think of a better place to begin than right here, with the bread and cup in hand, @hillsongparis ❤️ ! Christ me seul suffit. Merci Seigneur.  This year: May we have the grace to let go of our babies and entrust our teachers and schools. May we lovingly and gracefully say goodbye with hugs, prayers, and good wishes each morning. And may we have the grace to welcome home, at the end of each long school day, little ones who may have had difficult days of learning or friendship - remembering the challenges that come with "growing up." Most of all: May we have a vision of blessing, abundance, love, and laughter for our children this year.  I know I need all the grace I can get to make it through: to feed everyone (Every. Single. Day!), to parent even marginally "well," to help finish homework, to read/cuddle/pray and get everyone in bed on time, and then to press repeat... And so it begins! . . . . . #enjoythelittlethings #parisliving #paris #parislife #boymom #momofboys #school #rentrée #rentrée2017 #rentreescolaire #firstdayofschool #faith #grace #hillsong #hillsongparis #hillsongchurch #hillsongfrance #ruffledbygrace
Shared this lovely rosé with my mother in law before leaving NY this year. It was a gift from the wonderful @emscheck and it was perfect because it was a reminder of love and laughter and #paris ❤️ It's not always easy to live so very far away from family, but we have been tremendously blessed with friends who have become our family here in the city of light.  No one can do it alone. So find your people, love them hard, tell them the truth, and commit to doing life together... And share some wine!  #parismeetsny #parislife #parisliving #binghamton #iloveny #upstateny #wine #rosé #pink #vacation #vacationmode #lesvacances #france #friends #family #love #enjoythelittlethings #enjoythemoment #laughter #joy #lifetogether
Coffee date with @kevin_doubleyou at @laveggio_roasteria before our New York vacation comes to an end.  #upstateny #newyorkvacation #hometown #iloveny #binghamton #enjoythelittlethings #vacation #vacationmode #lesvacances #coffee #coffeeaddict #morecoffee
Not sure little (or big!) boys can have much more fun than this... . . . . #boyvacation #boymom #familygoals #familyvacation #summer #summervacay #lesvacances #familytime #jerseyshore #boardwalk #nj #bumpercars
14 years ago today I married the love of my life @kevin_doubleyou ! Thanks for loving me through thick and thin and for putting up with me all these years. I love you more than more. . . . . . #love #anniversary #happyanniversary #loveyoumorethanmore #marriedlife #lifeisgood #loveeachother #lovelifelaugh
Our little hometown in Upstate NY is all a flutter with #bcrocks and we wanted to join the fun!  Two birds with one STONE because I am prepping my children's sermon (and my sermon sermon!) for Union Presbyterian Church on August 13, when I have the privilege of preaching while @magdalene6127 is on Sabbatical.  So the boys and I have painted our Jesus themed BC Rocks and we will eventually get to hide them around town.  We hope our rocks will be a message of love and grace as well as a part of this cool new local tradition. I also love that we have the chance to bring a piece of @hillsongparis and our Paris worship life to NY with our rock designs. Such a simple message. Cross Equals Love.  #momlife #momofboys #vacation #vacationmode #boyvacation #iloveny #parismeetsny #paristony #lesvacances #bcrocks #binghamton #endicott #parislife #hillsongparis #hillsong #hillsongfrance #crossequalslove #hillsongchurch #love #faith #grace #ruffledbygrace
Growing up, I took lots of Carousel rides (for free!). I had no idea how special that was.  Of course, we adore the Carousels in Paris, but there's nothing like #goinghome either.  Love sharing a little of my childhood with my boys each summer. Here is a glimpse of one of the 6 antique Carousels that occupy my hometown. . . . #iloveny #summer #vacation #vacationmode #lesvacances #parismeetsny #momlife #boymom #boyvacation #smalltown #hometown #home #binghamton #endicott #carousel #merrygoround #menage #vintage #antique #nevertooold #nevergrowup
#binghamtonmartiniwalk such a fun time! The frozen prickly pear cactus martini from @binghamtongarage  #vacation #vacationmode #binghamton #iloveny #summer #paristony #parislife #parisgoesonvacation
Perfect summer nights here in NY.  Beyond thankful to be surrounded by family and friends for the summer (but missing my other half like crazy). We've been busy enjoying S'mores and lightning bugs and sprinklers and rocks and trees and plenty of dirt!  Not gonna lie... the little boys are wearing me out! Also, I'm not running nearly enough to compensate for the marshmallows I am consuming. #workoutfail  I love the relaxed schedule and the freedom to play, to stay up late, and sleep in! But there's been plenty of bickering and less than stellar listening too. Needing plenty of #grace Every. Single. Day for these monkeys. And also some good 'ole American Reddi-Wip to squirt directly into the boys' mouths. It seems to make them quiet for a moment or two. It IS summer after all.... . . . #momofboys #boymom #boyvacation #vacation #vacationmode #lesvacances #ruffledbygrace #parenting #summer #reddiwip #smores #marshmallow #kraftmarshmallows #gracefilledparenting #joyful #fun #paristony #frenchlife #francelife #iloveny
So much fun at fondue night @uncorkedbing with the boys!  And the food was yummy too! The Brie went too fast to take a picture. My kids were just so happy to see French cheese. 🇫🇷 . . . #boyvacation #momlife #art #artwithkids #miniartlovers #artisforkids #mom #momofboys #chocolate #chocolateandwine #ihadthewine #iloveny #binghamton #nyvacation #vacationmode #lesvacances #frenchlife #fromage #frenchkidproblems #yoda #painting #starwars #yodapainting

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