When Things Don’t Go As Planned

The peppermint brownies were baked, their aroma wafting through my kitchen. Lemon hummus and citrus water kept them company on the refreshment table. My house was clean. Decluttered, vacuumed, and swept. A royal blue tablecloth decorated my dining room table, with an array of DIY supplies arranged on top: glass jars, Epsom salt, spray bottles, … [Read more...]

Baby Steps to Greater Wellness for the Overwhelmed Mom

Baby Steps to Greater Wellness for the Overwhelmed Mom

A few weeks ago, an article lamenting moms being bombarded with the latest unhealthy thing circulated through Facebook feeds. I get it. I have been there. In fact, sometimes I'm still there! Some days we moms just tread water and survive on dry cereal and a prayer for a nap. Solidarity. Being a mom is hard, and in this age of social media, all … [Read more...]

Suffering and the Heart of God

Suffering and the Heart of God

Trigger Warning: Discussion of abuse and other trauma I think of a passing conversation in which a Catholic man flippantly dismissed a young woman’s current struggles with the comment, “I guess she was molested as a child or whatever.” I think of the spiritually warped responses offered upon the breaking news of Josh Duggar’s abuse of several … [Read more...]

Life Verse Creative Journal Set

Life Verse Creative Journal Set

To stay sane in the midst of being a mom to four, wife to one, blogger, virtual assistant and CEO of my own business, I need to schedule creative time. As in actually writing it in on my calendar. Paint. Draw. Color. Yes, I am a fan of the adult coloring trend. It truly does relax me and let my stress melt away, and the colors … [Read more...]

Being Brazen

Being Brazen

  It's no secret. In fact, it's right there in my writer's bio: I love the color turquoise. Clothing, home decor, writing instruments, tote bags, hand bags... all the turquoise. Before it was all the rage as a nail polish hue, donning it for my first trip to Allume felt bold. It sparked my creative self and just plain made me smile. Now … [Read more...]

No Dream Is Realized Alone

No Dream Is Realized Alone

Not once in my life did I hear that pursuing the arts was a frivolous endeavor or money wasted. In fact, my mom and I regularly attended art and craft shows for inspiration. For several years, treks to Ann Arbor’s summer art fair on the University of Michigan’s campus were our summer standard—mile after mile of ceramic, photographic, textile, … [Read more...]

Collaborative Art

Collaborative Art

You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! --Psalm 139: 13-14 All four of my kids have delved into drawing lately. To my delight, they've taken to portrait drawing in particular. Even at 5 years old, Anthony has been fascinated with drawing people. … [Read more...]

On How to Realize a Dream

On How to Realize a Dream

Those who know me will tell you: I'm an abstract thinker, an idea girl, intuitive, and emotional. A dreamer. Although I get some drive and organization from my dad, detailed plans don't come naturally to me. Without a plan, dreams remain dreams. So, I continually work to grow in the practical areas of pursuing dreams. My current … [Read more...]

Something New {Meet Me in the Middle}

Something New {Meet Me in the Middle}

See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the wilderness I will make a way, in the wasteland, rivers. --Isaiah 43:19 I doubt and forget so easily. I catch myself wandering back to that treacherous question, "Did God really...?" Did God really say He'd do something new? Did God really promise to redeem things? … [Read more...]

Spiritual Temperaments {Meet Me in the Middle}

Spiritual Temperaments {Meet Me in the Middle}

When I read a book about spiritual temperaments years ago, one temperament I scored lowest in was Naturalist. At that time, spending time in nature was simply not a way that I felt particularly connected to God. Given that assessment, it seems a little crazy that I now run a natural health business for which I teach natural wellness classes and … [Read more...]