This Is Who You’re Supporting {Cyber Monday}

This Is Who You’re Supporting {Cyber Monday}

For over two years, so many of you have not only offered kind words and encouragement, but you've also referred people to me and partnered with me in business. With every essential oil kit you've bought and every order you've placed, you've helped pay for music lessons, buy a Homecoming dress, send a middle schooler on a class trip, and even … [Read more...]

Good Good Father?

Seven different piles surrounded me on the carpet of my bedroom floor: a small mountain of mismatched socks, fluffy bath towels and wash cloths, never fully clean 5T boys tees and jeans, three separate girls’ stacks, and my own sweaters and leggings. A Casting Crowns playlist wafted from my phone to distract me from my dislike of the never-ending … [Read more...]

When Facebook Slapped Me in the Face

When Facebook Slapped Me in the Face

Facebook has this handy little feature in which it brings up "memories," things you've posted on that particular day in previous years. It makes for some serious nostalgia, oohs and ahs over baby pictures, plenty of laughs, and occasional cringing. Ultimately, I'm a fan because these memories highlight how much I've changed. Or maybe I should … [Read more...]

Doing What I Can Do {A Story about My Son}

Doing What I Can Do {A Story about My Son}

My little guy wants to do what his big sisters do. He repeats their jokes and catch phrases, right down to their tone of voice. He watches to see what they pack in their book bags for school and imitates it. He knows the songs they like and belts them out at inopportune times. Yes, despite occasional squabbles, he adores them. I send roller … [Read more...]

Worshiping in Color

Note: Due to a technical difficulty, a draft of this review was delivered  to email subscribers. My apologies, and thanks for your understanding. What follows is the final draft. * * * I've had my eye on journaling Bibles for awhile now.  When I stumbled across an illustrator's notetaking version, I finally jumped. Though I was tempted to … [Read more...]

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...]