Finding Faith In Chaos

Emelda De Coteau
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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I wrote this a few years ago, but I am still grappling with these lessons, and the concept of “faith in chaos.” I wanted to share my thoughts again. We are all learning many of the same lessons in different ways.

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Photo Credit: Emelda De Coteau Live In Color Blog

Let go of your old narratives when they no longer serve you. Life changes constantly, and your story will, too.”– Tammy Strobel (Author/Blogger/Photographer)

Over a year ago, within two months, both of our cars were totaled.

Before my husband and I could sigh, we learned about our baby. My emotions vacillated from surprise and joy to the kind of wrenching terror novel responsibility bears. How would I bring forth a life as I still searched for myself?

Months passed; halfway through the pregnancy, one of our doctors solemnly cautioned something may be wrong with our daughter’s heart. Racing anxiety quickly yielded to determination and prayer. We stood in the hospital parking lot on a tepid spring day, my husband, mother and I, heads bowed. We remained calm. A few days later the test results were negative.

After a nearly three-day delivery in August, Naima entered the world at 11:11 a.m., healthy and whole. Only seconds earlier, she maneuvered to break free of the umbilical cord which locked itself around her neck twice; the first cries were an audible reminder that life, in all of its complexities, is a continuous marvel.

As I look into those eyes, pressing against the softness of her skin, my heart is imbued with unending joy. She is here, because we refused to give up on her, on the power of faith. For me faith is not the absence of doubt—it’s having the courage to wrestle with it, facing our vulnerabilities, one day, one moment at a time. As Iyanla Vanzant, teacher and author often remarks, “we must do our work.”

This inner work is constant and consistent. I believe God pushes us with each new challenge to trust more fully. Certainly, there are days when it all feels impractical to me, as if I am swimming against a current.

This autumn, while leaves fell, so too did my tears as I came to grips with a stark realization—a close family member now deals with a lifelong illness. There would be no retreat, only our resolve to cope.

It is during quiet times of reflection, as the bustle of life subsides momentarily, that I am reminded faith, ironically, is perhaps with us most strongly in chaos, when it’s easier to lose ourselves in despair and panic. We only have to remain willing to see promise and possibilities, not obstacles.

Autumn/ Winter Make-up Trends We Love

Emelda De Coteau
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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Photo Source: Dolce & Gabanna Fall collection, make-up by Pat McGrath

Who says motherhood makes us forget about our looks? Not me! These days I’m just pushing my daughter in a stroller to MAC. Yes, ladies, we really can do it ALL (ok, but I’m in no hurry to start changing my oil).

I am excited about fall makeup. These straight-off-the runway looks are simultaneously functional and fly.

Live In COLOR! – Emelda

Take a peek at five trends we’re loving! Let us know what you think. Are you feeling them?

1. Stand-out Eye Shadow

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Photo Source: Lancome, blog.birchbox.com
Jason Wu Fall 2013

Yes, it’s getting cooler, but that doesn’t mean eye shadow has to be bleak and gray, makeup artists are encouraging us to don colorful looks – variations of plum and glitter. Who turns down bling?

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Photo Source: Bella Sugar

2. Va-Va-Voom Lashes

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Luscious lashes are like stilettos, they take whatever you are wearing to the next level. Timeless!

3. Wine-Stained Lips

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I absolutely adore the classic femininity. Grown-woman sexy!

4. Winged Eye Liner

Photo Source: Chic Profile
Photo Source: Chic Profile

No predictable eye liner here! It’s a lovely mix of 60s mod with a nod to the future.

5. Smoke, Smoke and Smoke

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Yes, smoky eyes are usually a fall/winter staple look, but that’s no reason to cast it off to the side. This look is fairly easy to construct, and appears done without requiring blush, lipstick, etc. Wonderful for women on the go!