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Grace, and Authenticity


I struggled this year with the idea of Grace. Not God-grace, but maybe God-given grace… Unconditional love and acceptance and non-judgement of the human kind.


Which is all lovely, until you meet someone who is mean to you or someone you love. Or for me, when untruth hits you in the face. When disappointment rolls over you like a tsunami wave. That’s when Grace is hardest. That’s when Grace might be most needed. That’s the Grace I want to understand.


It’s easy in this day of contrived social media to show a life unreal. Photoshopped photos, orchestrated settings, heart-spoken ideas never carried out, judgements set forth but never embraced.


Even as I continue to wrestle with the fine line between human grace and acquiescence, I want to live authentically. I want to be who I am shamelessly. Unapologetically. 


I want to embody my own philosophies. Live my ideologies. Be authentic. 


I hope if you met me on the street, you would recognize me. In all my imperfection. And that if you know me, you would recognize me here on my blog. 


This is me. With messy hair. On a Sunday evening. Truly surprised by my family because it was the night before my 48th birthday. We’re having our traditional birthday ice cream cake. In my messy kitchen. And I have imperfect photos I love to remember the whole thing because my sweet son wrestled with my DSLR to take them. Pictures of me. The real me.


Cutting the cake.


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There are 1440 minutes in every day… 1440 opportunities to capture a moment of beauty. What moment of beauty did you capture this week?


Share them with us here on Fridays!

  • January 24, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    Southern Gal - Love the realness here. That’s why I keep coming back. The pictures are fabulous, by the way.

  • January 24, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Carolyn Grenkoski - Patty you are perfect when you accept the imperfections and embrace the lessons you learn from them… Love your pictures and the true glimpses into who you are. It is easy to see your beauty. It is much more difficult to show people your soul…Thanks for sharing those raw and unrehearsed moments!!!

  • January 24, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    MG Atwood - Good for you. Grace can be challenging at times. Something for all of us to rmember.

  • January 24, 2013 - 1:53 pm

    Tamar Strauss-Benjamin - Happy birthday to you!! ou look so happy! Enjoy your year around the sun!

  • January 24, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    Kathy - Oh my. I struggle with Grace all the time. I know what I WANT to do…but can’t seem to achieve it when it would prove to be the most useful. Happy birthday to you, there is beauty in the everyday…and you illustrate it wonderfully 🙂

  • January 24, 2013 - 3:26 pm

    Amy Avery - Oh you are the real deal Patty! You are one of the most sincere authentically beautiful people I know. oxox

  • January 24, 2013 - 4:58 pm

    Heather D Livesay - Thanks Patty, been struggling a bit here lately and this was a wonderful message for me to see. You inspire hope. Thank You again,

  • January 24, 2013 - 6:52 pm

    Elizabeth W. Marshall - Oh it is so wonderful to meet you…..visiting from Em’s. I love the real, the authentic and the pure joy of this post. And happy birthday to you.Your photos make my heart pitter patter and your smile is captivating. Hoping to see you again at Emily’s place. Wishing you JOy.

  • January 24, 2013 - 8:04 pm

    Ewa "Mom Photographer" - there is nothing wrong in being imperfect and trying to embrace it!
    wonderful post with such real photos!

  • January 25, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Dina@4LettreWords - The 1st thing I noticed were all the smiles! Such a lovely post…and happy (belated) birthday, my friend!!

  • January 25, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    Stephanie - Happy birthday! Looks like a great one. I love these photos! They really capture the moment. You look so beautiful and happy 🙂

  • January 25, 2013 - 3:01 pm

    Serendipity is Sweet - Beautiful!! Happy belated birthday 🙂

  • January 26, 2013 - 1:45 am

    June - Heartwarmingly beautiful 🙂 Happy Birthday!

  • January 26, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    emily wierenga - oh, what a gift, to receive the REAL you, and on your birthday too! happiest of days, friend. you are so, so beautiful.

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