If this is your first time visiting With Love, From Here, there might be about thirty things you might need to know… but I’ll try to keep this introduction brief. First, my name is Caroline Collie, and oh my hat, I do love the Lord and His Word, and writing about the Word and talking about the Word. I try to live it, too, but I fail a lot. I’m married to a wonderful South African gentleman I met in Scotland, and that scenario gets more complicated when I mention that each of our three precious wee kiddos were born on different continents. I started this blog when we were just stepping into a season of ministry with a charity called Samaritan’s Feet in South Africa. We’re back in my hometown in North Carolina now, and I’m in my second year of homeschooling my eldest son. My website has been hacked, and I’m currently in the throes of working on getting multiple issues resolved. So if you see spammy comments or links that take you to websites that try to convince you to buy a dump truck, ignore the spam and don’t buy the dump truck, unless you need one, but I can’t promise you it’s a good deal. So don’t hold me responsible. There is a strong possibility that by the end of the month this website might look completely different than how it does now, so that I can delete some corrupted files and move on… just to warn you.

Last year, I embarked upon a little writing adventure called 31 Days, started by a blogger called the Nester. She’s great. Feel free to follow that link… it’s legit. It was about seven months after I lost my Dad, and that 31 Days series challenged me to focus on the Goodness of God, which was very meaningful for me as I continued the journey of grief after that unexpected loss. I enjoyed the process, and received a lot of positive responses about it being meaningful to other people, which was lovely and encouraging because the only reason for putting your words onto online pages instead of regular paper is for other people to read them and for it to mean something to them, right?

So, back in July, I started thinking about whether I should embark on the adventure of a 31 Days series again, because it’s a bit of a commitment and it would be a good idea to start preparing. I immediately felt like a topic dropped in my lap, with a number of post ideas. Prayer is cool, you guys! If you haven’t tried it, please do!! Nearly a year ago, I introduced a concept – perhaps better put, a metaphor – for learning to focus on living your life in step with the Spirit of God, instead of in step with the Word around you. Drawing from the perspective that the Hubs and I both had as competitive swimmers, I talked about the concept of learning to “Swim Your Own Race.


We live in a world that is eager to tell us how to live, what’s wrong with how we look or what we eat or what we’re doing with our time. More important, it’s telling us what our core values should be, and often forcing us to compare ourselves, our lives and our achievements with those of others… and we probably often come to a consensus that we don’t often feel like we measure up. So in the month ahead, I’d like to spend some time encouraging you. Helping you to take a look at your life and your circumstances, to focus in on the things that matter, and dial down the distractions that don’t.

My hope is that by the end of this month, this metaphor will stick with you enough to continue to challenge and encourage you to walk out your own walk, to live with your eyes focused where they ought to be focusing, and to find joy for the journey.

I’m not sure exactly where this ship is headed, but I’d love for you to climb aboard for the month ahead!

Please leave a comment to let me know if you’re in!



Infant Potty Training {Yes, Really}

July 30, 2014 The Parenthood

Okay, Mamas. It feels totally weird and funny and a heap of other adjectives to be writing on this topic. I would much rather be writing about the Lord — and perhaps somehow that subject will tie in, as I believe it does with pretty much everything — but I have had a number of […]

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The Skinny on Cloth Diapering {A Review}

July 3, 2014 Quiver Tree Photography
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Four score and three kids ago, Hero Hubs and I sat down and discussed whether or not we wanted to use cloth diapers. I was aware of the environmental impact of disposable diapers and leaned a little more in the cloth direction. We lived in Scotland at the time and found that there was a nappy […]

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Coming Up for Air

June 12, 2014 In the Name of Love

I know friends, I know! It’s been over a month since I’ve had the joy of sharing words with you. Now here’s the thing. I would like to make excuses based on the following list of tasks I’m handling: My awesome three small children My first ever garden Laundry I’m still (!) continuing to settle […]

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How to Choose a No Good, Very Bad Day

April 24, 2014 The Good Word

Have you ever had one of those days where the cares of the world (or really your small section of them) were so heavy on your shoulders, you were practically laying flat on the floor trying to carry them? I had one yesterday. The day started off with me bringing a few things that were […]

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Two Kinds of Homesick

March 6, 2014 The Good Word
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It was a year ago today. Perhaps even a year ago this very moment, as I type these letters, that the phone rang. We were sitting on the couch, eating ice cream, just HH and I. Kids in the bed, life peaceful, lots on our minds, lots to think about, but it was the happiest […]

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For When It Just Doesn’t Seem Good Enough

February 16, 2014 The Good Word

Question. If you were given a moment to give a personal State of the Union address — one that simply pertained to all things related to the life of {Insert Your Name Here} — what would it say? Do you think you’d come up with a list of all good things? Mostly good things? You […]

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The Worthless Whisper

January 22, 2014 Stories

It was bright and sunny Sunday morning. The birds were singing, the sun was bright, the kids were excited, and we were running late. The Hubs had to be in Greenville early to assist with preparations for a guest speaker, and we hoped I’d be able to arrive with the kids in order to attend the […]

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