"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." -John Muir
One of the most unexpected and lovely parts of our trip to the Florida Keys was experiencing the wild life so up close. Josh and the kids snuck out at about six every morning and made their way to the Old Seven Mile Bridge in Pigeon Key to greet the sun. It ended up being the sweetest golden hour, when the Keys were so still, the wildlife waking and in the hush of it all, they were able to meet so many creatures. Alligators, lizards, turtles, manatees, tarpon, pelicans....and perhaps the most memorable, the Key Deer. The white tailed deer is the smallest in all of North America and lives exclusively on the Deer Key Refuge on Big Pine Key. Jones was mesmerized by his new friend, that he was able to get so near to even touch this wild creature was just amazing to us all! He stood over alligators approaching, and the girls spotted all the turtles beneath the bridge in the clear morning water. They have all mused many times since that ours is a family of naturalists. For all the sketching and reading and exploring we have done before, none of it compares to the gift the keys imparted: the reality of drawing close to the wild nourished our souls and gave us a glimpse into something grand.
Kristen Kill is a woman transformed by the delight of God. She loves coffee, gingerbread, and staying up late with her nose in a good mystery. She believes there is something sacred in lighting candles, in setting a beautiful table and inviting others in. Most days she can be found attempting to learn how to cook, redecorating any given room instead of cleaning her house, and homeschooling her five hilarious children.
A contributing Editor at The Better Mom, and co-host of At Home with Sally and Friends, a popular podcast with Sally Clarkson, Kristen is passionate about encouraging women who feel stretched thin. She believes that tension is where we can learn to live expectant for the music and melody God is singing over of each one of us. She writes about home, creativity, and flourishing at her blog Hope With Feathers (kristenkill.com)
After spending the last seven years in the hustle of New York City, she and her husband, Josh, are learning to go slow as they raise their family and walk their anxious hound dog in the Pacific Northwest. Her first book, Finding Selah is due from Zondervan in 2018.