Hi, I'm Kayla.

I’m happy you’re here. I’ll go first: I’m a full-time journalist turned work-at-home writer. I’m hitched to a shaggy-haired pastor and we’re smitten with two wild + crazy boys: Joseph (4) and Asher (1). I drink strong coffee, I like pretty things, and I believe there’s beauty in the broken.

I hope this little space will encourage you to find worth and live a story worth sharing.

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What is Many Sparrows?

This little corner of the Internet aims to encourage women, spurring them on to find worth and live a story worth sharing.

God tells us He cares about the little things — even down to a teeny, tiny sparrow. And if He cares about a little bird, how much more does He care about us — who are worth far more than many sparrows? Let’s dwell in the truth that He loves us with an arms-stretched-out kind love. Let’s rest easy, knowing we’re valued, loved, and worth more than we can even fathom.

I’m a person who’s blemished and blessed. All good things in my life flow from Jesus. My mission is to reflect his generous, grace-filled love with all my heart, soul, and mind. I’m passionate about shedding religious cliches and living an authentic, Kingdom life. Sometimes I get frustrated and often times I fail. I’m a work in progress.

Find Your Worth & Live a Story Worth Telling

Faith

My heart is to use this corner of the Internet to make much of Jesus. To use my words to reflect the creator of all things who gives extravagant grace, who radiates beauty and light in a very dark world.

Style

I’m a mama of two little boys, and sometimes I just need a space to talk about things like shift dresses and wedge booties and dry shampoo. Let’s share our secrets, shall we?

Motherhood

Motherhood is messy. My hope is that my words + stories can be an encouragement to you in your parenting journey.

Happy Thoughts

Couldn’t this world use a little more joy? Whether I’m recounting a sweet story or sharing a book review, maybe these little posts will bring some happiness your way.

31 days of living free: when your son has autism

Encouragement When Your Son Has Autism: What This Mom Wants You to Know About Parenting an Autistic Child // Many Sparrows Blog

I’m encouraged and inspired by my friend Katrina’s mama-bear strength and positivity. Katrina’s heart for God and others just shines, and I’m honored to share her story of living free while parenting a child with autism. Chances are, someone close to you is a parent to a little one on the autism spectrum. I hope Katrina’s perspective will encourage you to rest in God’s grace and remind you to give a little extra love to those parenting children with special needs — those you see, and those you don’t see.

When you’re pregnant or adopting, you find yourself imagining the conversations you’ll have with your little one.

I’m still longing for that.

This is my journey of living free as Zeke’s mama.

My husband and I walked a long battle with different doctors and different exams. All of them came back normal except the last one…and I’m pretty sure we both knew before we got the diagnosis. We’d talked to each other and to other medical people. Before that last meeting, I had a good long talk (okay, with a lot yelling) and crying with God. This is where God met me.

He was molding me into the mama and woman He wanted me to be —  a mama who advocates for her son and a woman of God who is free to love and free to live.

Living free isn’t easy when you have a child with autism. Worrying about what outside triggers will spur on ‘The Meltdown’ or if the happy squeals he does for stimulation will kick us out of the restaurant. Wondering what the phrase he is saying over and over means but having no clue what he’s saying, because he’s speaking his own language. It’s not an easy road. But those times when I’m questioning if I’m doing anything right? That’s where God meets me, molds me, and creates the woman He knows I am to be.

Living Free is a mixture of getting those checklists done as well as being flexible to follow my son’s lead when it comes to how he’s going to learn best each day. Especially when we’re out and about, I’m figuring out what will stimulate Zeke and trying to staying true to God’s word while helping him soothe himself in the world that he truly doesn’t understand. Just like I truly don’t understand how some people are so rude with their facial expressions or their words that my son “just needs some discipline.” When that happens, I try to remember to look at my God who created me and created this “Ausome” boy for me to look after here on Earth.

I still have my moments when I question God and ask, no beg, Him for a complete healing for my Zeke. In those moments, God wraps his arms around me and shows me that He created my son. That Zeke is Fearfully, Wonderfully and Beautifully made. God reminds me to look for those little, seemingly mundane events that are so special in showing growth in Zeke.

I know God choose my son specifically for me. I know I’m far from being a perfect mama, but Zeke and I are the perfect fit. (Along with the help of my wonderful husband and our daughter, we’re the pieces to help Zeke grow.)

My son has showed me that living free is rejoicing in the little things, and always pressing for something bigger, looking to God when the world tries to drag us down. My son is amazing at drawing, loves music, is using more words, and loves cuddling and laughing. We’ve seen a lot of growth in him at school, even in the short few months he’s had. Since that diagnosis day, I feel like I’m a better mama for Zeke, and my other kids, too. As I learn more about him and what triggers him, I’m better able to help him in this world. Sometimes, it’s a struggle for me to fully live free as Zeke’s mama, but I know that for me, living free is loving without warrant every person God puts in my path. And I know to love God more than anything is key to helping me live free with an autistic son.

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here

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31 days of living free: it is for freedom that i am set free

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women who Dream // Many Sparrows Blog // IT is for freedom that I am set free

I’ve missed a couple blogging days this weekend. I’ll be honest with you: the past couple of days have been pretty straight-up, straight-down…bad. In the midst of it, we had a great day of getting to spend a day away at a beautiful cabin with awesome friends (I couldn’t help but take a few photos!), but came back into reality with more heart-dropping news. Life is hard. People we love are hurting and there’s not really a happy, feel-good spin to put on it. I’ve committed to writing for 31 days about living free, but I haven’t had the words.

So, I thought I’d share a song. It’s a favorite of mine from All Sons & Daughters, based on Galatians 5:1: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Today, may we grasp, even if briefly, that we are free from what entangles our hearts. Let’s believe that we are free because we have a hope…an anchor for our souls in the waves of turbulent waters.

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women who Dream // Many Sparrows Blog // IT is for freedom that I am set free

You broke my chains of sin and shame
You covered me with grace
You mend my life with Your holy fire
You cover me with grace

You are the hand that reaches out to save

I am set free, I am set free
It is for freedom that I am set free

You broke my chains of sin and shame
You covered me with grace
You mend my life with Your holy fire
You cover me with grace

You are the hand that reaches out to save

And I am set free, I am set free
It is for freedom that I am set free

Yes Lord
We are grateful
For Your grace
And for Your love

Yes Lord
We are grateful
For Your grace
And for Your love

‘Cause You are the hand that reaches out to save

And I am set free
I am set free,
It is for freedom that I am set free

What are you listening to today? How do you find freedom in a season of sadness?

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here

when there are no words

"Mourn with those who morn" how to be a friend when there are no words to say // Many Sparrows Blog // 31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream

I like to consider myself a bit of a wordsmith. (If not beautifully curated and strung together, at least my words are…plentiful.)

I have words to fill every gap. Every silence.

I have words for every emotion, every situation, every problem, every solution.

Until I don’t.

Sometimes, there are no words.

Where does it leave an over-explainer when something inexplicable happens? Where do I stand when I can’t explain away the hurt?

Sometimes words don’t beat the same rhythm as our hearts.

Some of our best friends are going through some terrible stuff right now. Stuff where words are not enough. So we go and we sit.

Be devoted to one another in love

We’re not made to do it alone. When we’re going through the thick of it, maybe the bravest thing we can do is to let someone in. And the bravest thing we can do when the people we love hurt is to go and enter into that.

Sometimes friendship is laughing and talking and sharing stories, and sometimes it’s being still and not saying much of anything.

Rejoice with those who rejoice

mourn with those who mourn.

So, that’s where my heart is. Thinking about how our words have so much power and how sometimes the best thing to do is to not use any words at all.

Love must be sincere

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here

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hi, i’m kayla

I'm a full-time journalist turned work-at-home editor. I'm hitched to a shaggy-haired pastor and we're smitten with two wild + crazy boys: Joseph (4) and Asher (1). I drink strong coffee, I like pretty things, and I believe there's beauty in the broken. I hope this little space will encourage you to find worth and live a story worth sharing. Join me?

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