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...]

Already Amazing {Meet Me in the Middle}

Already Amazing {Meet Me in the Middle}

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. --Romans 12:2 You're Already Amazing is the first of Holley Gerth's books that I read. It was one of a trio of books that profoundly impacted my faith, steering me onto … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner? {Meet Me in the Middle}

What’s For Dinner? {Meet Me in the Middle}

Cooking is something I enjoy and for which I'd love to make more time. It's fun to see individual ingredients come together to create something new and nourishing. This dinner is a favorite of my husband's, and it doesn't even have an official name. We just call it Italian Sausage on Noodles. For this week's Meet Me in the Middle Project photos, … [Read more...]

Curious Faith  {A Book Review}

Curious Faith {A Book Review}

It’s not uncommon for me to let out a deep breath as I exit the parking lot after preschool drop off. Though this marks the second year since we said good-bye to homeschooling, it’s the first year that there is a portion of the day when all four of my children are in school. So, I breathe. And bask in the peace and silence. The ability to … [Read more...]

Prayer Warrior {Meet Me in the Middle}

Prayer Warrior {Meet Me in the Middle}

  The inspiration for this week's Meet Me in the Middle Project post is a tradition I enjoy: observing baptism anniversaries. Every year, I celebrate the day each of my children and godchildren were baptized. Because my godson is not local, I try to select a meaningful gift to send him. I don't make many gifts these days, but this … [Read more...]