Author: Nicole Baart

Confessions

I love my new blog and website. But like I’ve said before, a house is not a home until it has a history. And apparently my blog doesn’t feel like home until it has a history, too. The new design is so light and bright and airy… I feel like I have to tell you a few secrets just to muss up the sparkly, new exterior. To make it feel more real.

So, like ripping off a bandaid, we’re going to get this over with all at once! Some confessions for your weekend reading enjoyment:

  • Some of you already know this, but I bite my fingernails. It’s disgusting, I know. But my nails are chewed to the quick right now. I blame my husband’s lengthy absence.
  • Back in the day, I was a big fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer–the TV show, not the movie. I can’t believe I just wrote that. But it’s true! Please don’t hate me.
  • I know all the words to the song “Mandy” by Barry Manilow. For this, I thank my mother (and an old school LP).
  • I’ve never had braces, but when I was a kid I had a big space between my front teeth. The dentist filled it in with enamel. So I suppose I have two half-fake teeth.
  • I fight it hard, but I’m a junk food junkie. Doritos make me swoon, I can’t walk past the candy bar display in the grocery store without drooling, and I crave deep-fried cheeseballs. Mmmm…
  • I shaved my legs once while Aaron was in Liberia. It’s cold here–what’s the point?
  • I’m a tiny bit OCD about washing my hands. They are so dry, cracked, and ugly, if you saw them without seeing the rest of me, you’d think I was 60.
  • I sing in the shower. Doesn’t everyone?

Whew. I’m so glad we got that over with. Now I can get on with my weekend.

Your turn: Pony up, people! I just admitted that I sing along to Barry Manilow for pity’s sake. Come on, get it off your chest. You know you want to. You’ll feel better if you do. 🙂

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Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog!

I’m so excited that you’ve found me here. If you’re new to my blog or an old friend, I hope that you discover lots of opportunities to connect and interact. You may notice that I’ve streamlined many things and created a sort of mission statement for my purposes here. It’s been my ongoing goal to figure out who my readers are and what they want. I’m hoping that Girls in White is an accurate representation of us–a place where we can share stories… and share life.

Please take a few minutes to explore! My website is brand-new and gorgeously re-designed thanks to the guys at Brand New Graphics. They’re amazing! Each page is different and there are lots of little extras to explore–including the first chapter of my upcoming release (Beneath the Night Tree) and video links that I will soon be updating regularly.

If you were a follower of my old blog, please note that I’ve installed the same Google Friend Connect feature here. You can join this site and continue to get updates when I post. I’m afraid our old connection at nicolebaart.blogspot is null and void. Things are going to get pretty quiet around there… However, I will keep the other blog archived–just in case you feel the need to track down one of my old recipes or posts.

Last but not least, I invite you to leave a comment for a chance to win a holiday giveaway package (described below)! I’ll be giving away three packages in the next three weeks, and your first opportunity is now. Want more chances to win? Become a follower, Tweet about the giveaway, blog about it, or post it on Facebook! Just let me know what you’ve done in the comments section and I’ll give you credit where credit is due: one extra entry for each thing you do to help me spread the word. (Unfortunately, because I’ll be sending out boxes, this contest is open only to residents of the US and Canada.)

Thanks so much for coming! This feels like a party. All we need is champagne. Cheers!

-Nicole

Giveaway Package #1

After the Leaves Fall

Summer Snow

Beneath the Night Tree (ARC copy)

The Moment Between

Chocolates

Bubble Bath

Giveaways

About Girls in White

No, this isn’t a blog for girls who happen to love the color white. Nor is it a place primarily for women. To me, the heart of my blog centers around an unyielding optimism, the belief that though life is messy I refuse to stop wearing white. Even if those pristine sleeves are snot-stained from my kids or the darkened collar bears witness to my own failures and shortcomings. Here is where I embrace the reality of my messed up world, but continue to find transcendence and truth in moments of hope. Welcome to a place where light pierces the shadows and beauty is found in brokenness. And, of course, where we can talk about writing and faith and parenthood and food and the world and books and family and, well, pretty much anything.

Thanks for reading.

—Nicole

Isaiah 61:1-3