Flourish Flock Feature | Keri Snyder

Happy Friday Eve, lovelies!

Today's Feature is Keri Snyder who has become a sweet Instragram + blogging friend of mine- she is passionate about joyful and intentional living and thriving, not just surviving {all of which I too am super passionate about- as y'all know!}. And, I just knew I wanted to have her share some of her story in this series- Keri, thanks so much for your vulnerability and, sweet friends, I hope you're so encouraged and your hope is renewed!

Flourish Flock Feature | Keri Snyder

Share where you currently live and where you grew up:

I live in Charleston, SC and grew up in a small town outside of Grand Rapids, MI.

Share about your family/your job/living situation:

I am the wife to my amazing husband Nick. It will be twelve years in June of marriage! We have three children, two boys and a girl. They fill our life with so much joy. I am a blogger and author. My passion is to encourage moms to live with intention and joy.

Flourish Flock Feature | Keri Snyder

Share your favorite book and/or podcast:

So many! My current favorite is Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley and I love The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey (along with many others!)

Share your favorite quote and/or Bible verse:

Philippines 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Share your favorite beverage:

Coffee and Wine (separate of course)

Share one of the biggest losses you’ve experienced:

Last fall, my husband started to struggle with anxiety. It was a challenging season as it seemed to hit out of nowhere. In that season, it felt like a lot was loss. I struggled with fear of what if life is never normal again?

Share some of the choices that have been most helpful in continuing to move you forward and supporting you while you are healing:

Focusing on what is good and what is true and working through my fears and resting in the brokenness. When a fearful thought comes into my mind, I immediately ask myself, “is this true?” If it is not, I replace it with God’s truth. Also, working through my fears. I would keep asking myself what am I scared of, what if that happens then what. At the end of my fear, I realized that ultimately, God was still holy and good. Even in the the brokenness. Sometimes when things are broken, you just have to rest in it, knowing that God is there.

Share some ways you have tried to incorporate laughter and fun in the midst of the hurt:

I kept an ongoing list of all of the good that was happening. We also turned on music a lot. My kids love to dance to YouTube Just Dance videos and we would turn those on and let them dance away! You can’t help but smile with that!

Share how this experience has been instrumental in leading you to where you are today:  

As we have started this new year, my husband and I have felt so much more connected to each other and to God. We have seen God take my husband from the depths of despair to freedom. It is beautiful and amazing! It has caused both of us to slow down. Our days are slower. We are less rushed and more focused on connecting with each other and as a family. During that season, we were not on social media a lot and we realized it was good for us to do that. Now we take social media free weekends to refresh and refocus. I look back and remember wondering if life would ever be “normal” again. Now I am so grateful that we did not go back to how life was. Instead we have moved forward stronger and more focused. When you go through trials, you want to come out of them ready to grow and bloom.

Share any tips/advice/love for others who have gone through something similar:

Surround yourself with people who will speak truth into you! As hard as it was, I felt such strength and was constantly being poured into. We had slowly built a little community and they completely surrounded us through that season. Invest in others and build true friendships! We cannot do life alone. Also, if it is a struggle that you or your spouse are going through, cling to God and each other. Every night we would get on our knees and pray and cry out to God together. Every morning, we started out the day together. It would be easy to distance yourself, to only think of yourself, but in these moments you need each other more than ever.

You can keep in touch with Keri on her blog and on Instagram here! *Make sure to check out her fabulous, FREE, Intentional Family Guides, etc.!

Flourish Flock Feature | Keri Snyder