Fun Ways to Enjoy the Season

Fun Ways to Enjoy the Season

My home smells so yummy! Fall has long been a favorite time of year for me, and now I have seasonal scents wafting through my home and boosting my health at the same time. Thank you, Young Living Essential Oils. Because of this month's promo, my home smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange. Plus, I have a $20 voucher with which to bless … [Read more...]

To My Allumie Roomies: 10 Things You Should Know about Next Week

To My Allumie Roomies: 10 Things You Should Know about Next Week

  You know that thing...the thing where you mark your calendar for months and months down the road. It feels like your event, get together, etc. is eons away. Until it's not. It's here! It's Allume time again, and by the sheer grace of God that manifested in some amazing friends, I'm going for the third time. WOOT. It's fun … [Read more...]

What Do You Do With All Those Oils?

What Do You Do With All Those Oils?

It wasn't long after receiving my Premium Starter Kit from Young Living that I started making a wish list. I dived into using the oils in the kit and wondered what I should order next. As I researched the different oils, I noticed particular ones popping up repeatedly in the experiences that other YL oil users shared. It helped me gather a list … [Read more...]

When Birthing a Dream Feels Like Childbirth

When Birthing a Dream Feels Like Childbirth

My water breaks at 5:00 on a Friday evening in early April, and my heart thumps wildly in my chest. They quickly admit me upon arrival in triage and strap a clunky external fetal monitor on my belly. “Any contractions?” the labor and delivery nurse inquires. “No. Not yet.” I reply. “Well, get comfortable then. You’ll probably still be here … [Read more...]

Life Is Good

Life Is Good

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in  the wasteland. --Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV) The hope these verses raise in me have made it a favorite of mine. The idea of God ushering me past old things and making a way … [Read more...]

What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days

It's like slowly letting out the breath you didn't realize you were holding, stress dissipating like fog clearing. Or being wrapped snug in a favorite blanket and drinking a hot cup of tea. The words in Holley Gerth's new devotional are soothing. What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days is signature Holley: encouraging. She ushers in peace and … [Read more...]

Diffusing Thieves

Diffusing Thieves

A dysfunctional endocrine system is a bear. A bear. The fatigue, the brain fog, the body aches, the sleeplessness. The depression. Let's not even talk about metabolism. All despite normal-ish test results. In the search for adequate symptom management, I've grown accustomed to feeling lousy. *** The kids and I had just visited a … [Read more...]

Can I Really Dream?

Dream. What does the word evoke in you? Does your pulse quicken at the thought of future possibilities? Do you have a bucket list? Or do you tend to brush the word away, asking, "Who has time for that? There's work to be done!" Is dreaming frivolous? Or is it necessary? I'll tell you what I used to think...and what I think now. Will you join … [Read more...]

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

I chose more reading than writing this summer. I completely ignored all sound advice, both about writing every day to stay fresh and to read a genre opposite that which I write. However. I'm wrapping up the summer feeling uplifted, inspired, informed and challenged. To me, that's more important than following all the "rules." So, here's … [Read more...]

Different Kinds of Dreams

  Dreams come in all shapes and sizes. Some are concrete and easily measurable: Hitting your goal weight or running a marathon. Flipping a house. Starting a business. Finishing college. Having another baby. Writing a book. Other dreams are not so tangible. They involve interior or relational work. It's a sense of … [Read more...]