You’re invited to live freely and lightly.

With insight from my own spiritual journey and wisdom from God’s Word, you’ll see how life-changing Jesus’ invitation to rest truly is.

This is the story of how we can learn to live freely and lightly.

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pretty paper goods and gifts to encourage and delight

Watercolor Workbook: Flowers

10 beginner-friendly floral sketches with examples to reference so you can practice your painting. Perfect for artists of all levels.

Truth for Today Cards

31 Bible verses paired with a charming watercolor illustration to keep your eyes and heart focused on God’s love and faithfulness.

Watercolor Workbook: Animals

10 beginner-friendly animal sketches with examples to reference so you can practice your painting. Perfect for artists of all levels.

Brass Card Holder

Display your Truth for Today cards with this modern card holder.

Art Prints

Lovely watercolor prints for your home.

Hi, I’m Emily

Wife, mom to four, neutral-color-lover.

Jesus follower, chocolate chip cookie maker, ballerina wannabe.

Jeans-wearer, journaler, plant lady.

Book writer, watercolor artist, friend.

I’m glad you’re here.

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from the blog

written offerings on life, faith, good things and more

my go-to watercolor paint colors + palette

my go-to watercolor paint colors + palette

The more I paint, the more I realize I have go-to colors I reach for again and again. Instead of having tons of paints in a palette that don't ever get touched, I decided to streamline my colors and just add the ones I regularly use. There are so many different...

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let’s peek inside the book

let’s peek inside the book

You've heard the story of how I knew it was time to write a book and you've seen the cover reveal and the heart behind the message. Today let's take a peek inside! Freely and Lightly combines word and art is such a beautiful way. My publisher gave me total creative...

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carry on

carry on

Have you ever found yourself right in the middle of a thing you signed up for and realize you really don't know what you're doing? I'm pretty much there. Actually, now that I think about it, it's how I've felt since the very first days of conversation about writing a...

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best of 2020

best of 2020

As the year comes to an end, this magical week between Christmas and New Year's always feels like a deep breath. It's a chance to rest, to think and reflect, and prepare for the change of the calendar. One way I love to mark the end of the year is by noticing and...

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what I learned in year 41

what I learned in year 41

Things I learned in year 41: God uses friendships to encourage our faith. I’m not an avoider; I am an engager. Speaking honestly and sharing my desires and preferences is a more loving way to be in a relationship than protecting myself and keeping my thoughts to...

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You are invited to live freely and lightly.

I know all too well what it’s like to move through life anxiously, ever aware of what other’s think, and exhausted from the never-ending pressure to prove my worth. But I also know this is not the peace-filled, abundant life we are promised as followers of Jesus. As I discovered in my own life, God offers a much better way to live.

The story held within the pages of Freely and Lightly is this beautiful invitation that transforms lives.

I can’t wait to show you inside the book!

get the first three chapters for free

creative classes

Add delight to your day with online classes


the daily sketch

A year of daily art practice using everyday objects as inspiration


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