why can’t life be like downton abbey?

{note: i just confessed in a previous post that this place was going to be stronger and more real! don’t hate me!}

why can’t life be like downton abbey with its glamorous estate set upon acres and miles away from town? with its castle like structure that boasts pride and class and influence?


why can’t life be like downton abbey where writing correspondence and attending a hospital benefit are the to-do’s for the day?

where you lounge with drinks in the library before sitting down to a feast in the dining room and afterwards go to the sitting room for more drinks.

where a nanny brings your kids to you when you want to see them and where the chaffauer drives you to the station and into town.

oh to have someone brush your hair for you at night and turn down your covers and dress you for dinner!

and oh the dresses for dinner! pure silk and lace and perfectly fit!

to communicate through hand-written letters or make a necessary trip to see someone because life works best when we make time for one another.

to be in an era where lightbulbs are the new thing and so is the telephone and radio.

where a hairdryer baffles the butler, but excites the servant girls.

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does my light matter?

this little light of mine.

i’m going to let it shine.

let it shine. let it shine. let it shine.

harry dixon loes composed this song based on this passage in the Bible:  “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)


in comparison to this great big world {and it’s just getting bigger and i’m just getting smaller the older i become} my light seems minuscule. but i am finding comfort that it is seen and it is seen by the Spirit of the Living God. and that’s a truth for every breathing human being.

so does my light matter?

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mercy ink {celebrating women in may}

celebrating women doing their God-given thing

{for the month of may, i’m highlighting a few women who are gaining confidence in who God has created them to be and displaying it so through different means. for some, it was born out of cause. for others, it was there since birth. and some, it’s the season of life they are in. and they are sharing their stories here this month! join me in celebrating them and that’s not all…they want to celebrate you! a giveaway on each blogpost through the month of may! make sure you leave a comment the day or the day following the post, for that’s what enters you in the drawing. winners will be announced on the following post}   {congrats to Aimee Fair, Stacie Wood and Hannah Hinojosa – winners of a sweet Pearl House gift from the previous post}

welcome lauren mills as we celebrate women in may!


Mills Family MERCY iNK

Hello friends! My name is Lauren Mills of MERCY iNK. My pastor hubby and I have been married just about nine years and we have three kiddos at home (ages 3, 5, and 7) and are awaiting the homecoming of our fourth, a 2 year old daughter in Central Africa. (If you’d like, you can read more about our adoption journey here.) We live in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

I am passionate about Jesus, His amazing grace, and His love for the least of these. My heart for my blog is to reflect that grace, advocate for those without a voice, and encourage other believers to step bravely into His awesome work of loving others.

MERCY iNK scripture print

In addition to the blog, MERCY iNK is also an online scripture print and jewelry shop. I design graphic prints for homes, and truth-filled jewelry for women to wear around their hearts. It is a crazy blessing to create art that brings the Word to people. I love what I do!

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500 and dancing

it happened just like that.

{i find myself saying that way too often.}

it happened just like that.

we hit 500 posts this week!

i wasn’t waiting on it. i wasn’t paying any attention.

i was doing what i love to do…writing. and then i looked up and saw 500.

reading that many blog entries would be like reading 25 books having 20 chapters in each.

 if you started with me in 2006, thank you. all 4 of you. very much.

if you’ve joined me here since then, thank you. there have been times when over 1500 joined me in one day.

what began as a way to keep family and friends up to date about the growing pilgreen family life has flowed into a steady stream and into the rapid current we find ourselves in today.

what began as victories of potty-training and first homeruns in the backyard is now celebrations of salvation and friendships.

it happened just like that.

life was all consuming with three littles back then.

one growing independent at the ripe ole age of four, one was toddling into laundry baskets and cabinets and the other was being formed in the womb.

the littles are bigger these days and my writing has shifted from updates for friends and family to developing my voice as a writer.

now that ever-growing social media platforms allow for instant uploads and updates,

i can give a different voice to the blog and throw in-the-moment snapshots to instagram.

regardless of when we joined this journey together, i’ve got to have you revisit post number 1.

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