Why Bother With Essential Oils?

Why Bother With Essential Oils?

I was living a toxic life. From childhood, throughout adolescence, and into adulthood, my health had deteriorated in mind, body, and spirit. By the birth of my fourth baby, my body was simply giving out, and I was desperate for a realistic solution. *** My dear friend Alecia has invited me to share a little bit of my story and the impact … [Read more...]

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

To Anyone Who’s Ever Been Abused

I’m writing at God-sized Dreams today, but I felt there needed to be a sort of companion piece here, a part one. Here goes: To anyone who has ever experienced sexual abuse: You’ve been on my heart a lot lately. My stomach’s been in knots for you. Amidst the other depressing items in the news has been (surprisingly minimal) coverage of a … [Read more...]

Why Your Winter Doesn’t Have to Be Miserable

Why Your Winter Doesn’t Have to Be Miserable

There's something you need to know. There's this little powerhouse of a thing that has been amazing for my family over the past few months. You know the months I mean...the ones fraught with immune system attacks. Notices sent home from school. All productive life essentially shut down. Any semblance of health halted. Well, something … [Read more...]

At the Intersection of Freedom and Worship

At the Intersection of Freedom and Worship

My One Word for 2013 was Freedom. I naively thought it would be a one year journey.  By the end of the year, it was clear my education surrounding Freedom would be ongoing, but I still wanted a new word for 2014. True to form, I wanted a meaningful, inspired word--not one I conjured up myself or hoped for. However, after embarking on a freedom … [Read more...]

What is Community?

Are you in a lonely season, searching for your own tribe? Maybe you don't know what this kind of community looks like because you've never experienced it before? I've been there. If that's the case, lean in now and listen closely... You're invited. There is a place for you-- a place of encouragement and conversation. Profound community … [Read more...]

Mianecki Christmas Card 2014 Outtake

Mianecki Christmas Card 2014 Outtake

After taking a few years off, I opted to send Christmas cards this year. I'm one of those strange people who actually enjoys crafting the card and the accompanying letter, hand addressing each envelope, and selecting Christmas postage. I wrangled my dad into the role of photographer for a Thanksgiving Day shoot and then took advantage of his Sam's … [Read more...]

A Simple and Simply Pleasant Way to Get Healthy

A Simple and Simply Pleasant Way to Get Healthy

I've got 3 fabulous things to tell you about today. Ready for steps toward great health? 1.ESSENTIAL REWARDS It's like Christmas once a month with the delivery of our Essential Rewards items from Young Living. Wondering what you'd do with the items pictured above? I'm so excited to tell you! NingXia Red I wish I could give each of you a … [Read more...]

Giving Your Child the Gift of Safety During the Holidays

Giving Your Child the Gift of Safety During the Holidays

Once or twice a week I take my son to a wonderful early learning program offered by the schools in our county. I particularly admire his teacher, who is clearly gifted with young children. She's caring, patient, experienced and knowledgeable. Her communication with the parents is helpful and clear. In short, I'm grateful for her, and I trust … [Read more...]

God Hears Our Desires

God Hears Our Desires

Today, I'm delighted to host a guest writer in this space for the first time. I had the pleasure of meeting Kristin Taylor through the God-sized Dreams Team. She has been, and continues to be, such an encouragement to me. I am proud to call her friend and share this space as she tells the story of how God built her faith and family. Please join me … [Read more...]

Shine

Shine

Trigger warning: mentions abuse Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven. --Matthew 5:16 I keep my cell phone on the nightstand next to me when I sleep so I can use my flashlight app in case I need to get up in the middle of the night. My husband prefers our … [Read more...]