Kellie Haddock
Kellie Haddock

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Arbitrary Lines

As a mom of a child with special needs, even though I’ve always had a lot of fantastic help and support, I still took the full weight of Eli’s well-being on myself. In some ways, probably a lot of ways, this was good, noble, appropriate and required. But even so, the full weight of this load bore heavily down on me. It comes from... [READ FULL POST]

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day brings with it so many emotions. I’m so grateful for my own mom and her faithful love. I’m so grateful to get to be a mom, among the greatest privileges I will know in this life. I’m grateful for 3 healthy kids, for their unconditional love and generous cuddles. I’m grateful for their wellness today and do not take any of this for granted. There were so many Mother’s Days - I can vividly remember... [READ FULL POST]

Hide it under a bushel, No!

"Hide it under a bushel, No! I'm going to let it shine." I think this is where I went wrong, where my hope started to go sideways. As if the whole world is craving our lights if we only would let it shine. If only it was that easy. I feel a sweet contentment and gratitude for life and my calling. It has come in part from sorting through misguided and misplaced hope in the search to live in greater freedom to be who we are made to be. I put... [READ FULL POST]

Long Time Coming - FILM

In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history and challenge their own perceptions sixty years later. Long Time Coming features Major League Baseball and Civil Rights icons Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr., Gary Sheffield, Davey Johnson and Ambassador Andrew Young who... [READ FULL POST]

Live Oak

I was walking home from taking the kids to school this morning and passed the tiniest sprout of a tree. There was nothing impressive about it. Almost looked like a joke pushing up through the ground. Except that it had this little yellow tag tied onto it, naming it’s identity: Live Oak. This tree hardly resembled what we think of when... [READ FULL POST]

I Have A Dream

I have a dream. Martin Luther King inspires me deeply. His ability to be a dreamer and visionary of how things could be and should be calls us all higher. Last night as I tucked in our kids I prayed that they would be people who spread justice, light and peace like Dr. King. My hope is that in some way - for I know it will look different for each of us - we will each... [READ FULL POST]

On Gratitude

Some might consider me an expert on gratefulness. I’ve been interviewed on the subject countless times since our video ‘The Thank You Project’ went viral after first airing on the TODAY show a few years ago. It now has over 100 Million views. I don’t have a category for processing what that kind of virality means. But I don’t feel like an expert on gratitude, I’m just a girl who said ‘thank you’ because... [READ FULL POST]

2017 Year End Review

2017 has been both a full and a challenging year. While the unexpected - both good and hard - has marked these months, I have a genuine gratefulness for the growth and freedom it’s brought me. Earlier this year I spoke a lot about how ‘every no has led to a better yes’ and while I do still think this is true and possible, that hasn’t quite been the story of this year for me. The ‘no-s’ have... [READ FULL POST]

13 Years

I wanted to stay in bed all day, or crawl into a hole. The pull to stay so busy to not have to think or feel today is real. But instead, as I pulled my bones upright it felt more like climbing up the ladder to the high dive. With each rung the air gets thinner and harder to breathe as the knowledge that I’ll soon have to jump sinks in. And even though I’ve made this jump several times before... [READ FULL POST]


This to shall pass and rising out of this ash will be a strength that will last. The challenges surpassed by beauty forged in a perseverant hope. This tree sits in our front yard and literally overnight is transformed by these pink blossoms that spring forward in its surprising bountiful display of hope... [READ FULL POST]


When you hike down a waterfall creek and your husband documents the whole adventure! I've spent so many summers sitting on the side watching the kids have fun, confident I'm checking the boxes. Writing and singing my song 'More Than Diamonds' has helped me realize... [READ FULL POST]


Love never fails. Except when it does. Don't get me wrong, I love Hobby Lobby and all the little signs they sell. I typically want one of everything when I walk through the store. But this particular metal sign grabbed my attention. The phrase, 'Love Never Fails' is so familiar but I've never really questioned it before. Do I agree? The simple answer is... [READ FULL POST]

I Will Survive

As I dropped off Eli at school for day #4 the song 'I will survive' popped into my head. I'd always heard this phrase as some clinging future hope, like 'this WILL eventually, hopefully - if I work really hard and don't give up - happen'. But as the words bounced in my head this morning it struck me quite differently... [READ FULL POST]


8 years ago as we said 'I do' we washed each other's feet. An act of service reflecting our commitment to a lifetime of serving one another. Marriage requires both service and sacrifice. This comes at a cost and in some seasons the price feels higher than others... [READ FULL POST]

To Be Still

God made us as human beings, but how often do we live more like human do-ings? We are so busy doing things that we have very little time or attention left for simply being. The doing is good, but not at the cost of an unsettled soul. I have tried to write a blog for weeks now—starting lots of them, but keep erasing, deleting and never finishing them. They feel forced and uninspired, like I’m writing because... [READ FULL POST]