Here Comes the Bride

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I’m working on a new series inspired by brides. I remember the day I got married so well. We had a small wedding by design so that we could have our closest friends and family near. It was cold that day, and I remember going to the reception with no coat on! I remember my […]

Blue Jean Baby

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I’ve been experimenting a lot with different styles. The more I do mixed media, the more I love it. The more I experiment, the more I stretch myself and discover new things about my art. I’m so enjoying it. For this set of pictures, I used my love of jeans and flowers and colors to […]

How to Make Thanksgiving Less Stressful


Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, filled with great food and time with family. But like any holiday, it can be stressful. We put the pressure on ourselves at times, but with the preparation, travel, and cooking, it can be enough to make anyone exhausted. Here are some tips for making Thanksgiving less stressful for you […]

Ways to Make Thanksgiving More Meaningful

My turkey plates are always a good conversation starter.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be about food, family, and gratefulness. But what sometimes happens is that the person preparing dinner stresses out about having a perfect meal, or people traveling get irritated at the time spent away from home. Rather than add negativity to Thanksgiving, here are some ways to put more meaning into the […]

Linky Saturday: November 15, 2014


This weekend I’ve made a point to cherish all the small things in my life. Every time I take the clothes out of the dryer, I think about how lucky I am that I’m able to do this, to take care of our home and look out over the snow fall in the backyard and […]

Grace and Hope

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Thinking a lot about grace and hope these days. I feel so blessed that God is there to blanket me with grace. I need it. Every single day. I’ve been trying to get prayer time in each morning because I feel like it really centers me to face the day. And I can always tell […]

Peace I Leave With You


You know how I’ve been groovin’ on the words of John these days. I never used to enjoy John because he was so cerebral and poetic. Ironic, isn’t it? My apologies to him because now I can’t get enough. I’m obsessed with the way he phrases his testimony, how his words float so effortlessly from […]

New Book Covers


I’m in the process of updating some of my nonfiction books. It’s been a few years, and one thing I’ve noticed is that covers have really been amped up a notch. When I started putting my books out there, I did the covers myself and that seemed to work fine for a while. But no […]

Linky Saturday: November 1, 2014


November 1st and I feel like winter is dragging me along while I have my feel firmly planted in summer. And did you see what happened there? In mentioning winter and summer I skipped fall. I think this is why I feel like time is passing by much too quickly. Also, it’s too super duper […]

We Are Children of God


It took me a while, years really, to grasp this concept of what it really means to be a child of God. This shouldn’t be a surprise, because as I look back many things have taken me years to fully grasp! But this concept, of being God’s child, really hit home one day for me. […]

More Stuff I Love Love Love


I like to call this feature the poor writer’s version of Oprah’s favorite things. These are fun and cool things I’m obsessed with lately that aren’t too expensive and that I just have to share. (Click here to see all the posts in this series.)   Penzey’s Freeze Dried Chives Been a huge fan of […]

Hanging Those Mini’s

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This weekend we finally tackled the mini-canvases hanging project. And by “we” I mean my husband did all the work and I stood there handing him things. I haven’t finished all the canvases yet, but I do have 23 of them and we need to start somewhere. My idea is to put them all around […]