Welcome, lovely friend. I’m Hillary McFarland, a mother, writer and artist seeking a gentle and grace-adorned life. 

Wild by the River is a thoughtful journal where I share the rhythms and rituals of my life & heart.

You’ll also find a variety of essays, reviews, personal reflections, opinions, and introspections, so wrap your hands around a mug of fresh coffee and come sit with me for a while.

After years of infertility, I became a first-time mama at forty years old and entered a season that required trust like never before. Trust for my beloved son and his future, trust through the wilderness of breastfeeding, mothering, and unexpected post-partum weight gain, trust through all the chaos engulfing our world, trust in business, marriage, health, and more.

Wild by the River is inspired by the blessedness of those who trust in the Lord:

Blessed is the {woman} who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For {she} shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8

This is what I long for.

As a writer, artist and entrepreneur, I am always up to my eyelashes in a project of some kind. Right now, I'm discovering the grace of slow living and slow, gentle business as I learn (quite ungracefully at times), how to move forward with a toddler. 

I write about the gospel of grace at Gracefolk Ministries and, if the Lord wills, hope to open my shop, Folk and Sparrow, soon.

As I seek to live by grace, mother by grace, make art by grace, and create a lifegiving home for my husband, son, and all who cross over my threshold, my foundational purpose is to fulfill a tender mission Christ gave two thousand years ago to a man He healed and set free (because He has done the same for me):

"And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel." Mark 5:18-20

If you’re in the East Texas area, please reach out. Maybe we can connect over a cup of coffee and speak of deep and sacred things.


Through her work and writing, Hillary McFarland encourages women to live wiser, braver, deeper lives guided by Scripture and the Spirit. As a mama, lover of theology, and business owner, she embraces the art of slow living and would love to talk with you about the grace and goodness of God. Over a cup of coffee, of course.

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Essays, reviews, & introspections written probably between 4 and 6 AM. 💋 You'll find an assortment of writings: tender memoir; adventures in motherhood + business + art; articles on faith; and thoughts & opinions I may or may not should keep to myself.


Hillary M.
writer, mama, artist