Pushing Reset

My stomach ached with the familiar bloat of overindulgence.  Family meals celebrating the holiday were finally catching up with me.  Monday mornings are difficult after a busy weekend but this added another dimension of wanting to return to bed. I placed a drop of grapefruit essential oil in my glass and covered it with water….

Expectations

Somewhere along the way I’d lost focus.  I used to have friends.  Way back there in Erie I was a part of a fun mom group. None of this lone wolf stuff. I had joined my local MOPS group in September, hoping this was my in.  After all, these were my people:  other moms looking…

Pressed

Pressure.  Sometimes we feel it in our health.  At other points our minds, emotions, finances, or relationships start to feel the squeeze.  It hurts, it’s uncomfortable, and in the middle of the circumstance we can easily fall into wondering.  Now, I don’t know about you, but my wondering often turns to wandering.  My mind, heart,…

Textbook Faith

My desk is a mess right now!  I’ve started working on several writing projects, which leaves piles of books and papers everywhere.  If you add in my business items and anything the kids leave for me…well, you get the point.  During my writing time today I was taking notes in my Bible margins and notebook….

Under It All

I was out with my daughter and dog today walking around the barn.  I saw some beautiful blue sky and signs of spring (too early). Photographing the barns is one one of my favorite things to do.  As I walked around the corner and snapped a few pictures with shadows and I noticed a nest,…

Real Peace

This is what lunch looks like now as a grain free meal.  My chicken salad bowl looks gourmet or Pinterest worthy…it’s actually a hodgepodge of leftovers.  I really enjoyed sandwiches for lunch.  I know there are recipes so I can still have grain free or paleo breads, but I am finding the imitation just doesn’t…

Our Hearts

New Year’s resolutions can often be a fun and exciting start to the year. They are a great way to better ourselves.  My weakness to address in 2017 didn’t materialize before January 1st.  It became apparent the first morning of the year.  I watched a video of Mariah Carey from her previous night’s performance –…

When I Forget…

     See this cake?  It’s Black Forest Cake,  something I love and enjoy.  Until recently, that is.  Last week I had a colonoscopy, during which my doctor found a polyp and an autoimmune disorder.  I’m in my early 30s, it was a huge blessing these concerns were caught before it turned into serious health…

With Hope

It is hard to imagine the power in our purchases.  My friend Emily Moore has created a thriving business by Trades of Hope, a Fair Trade Federation Certified company which values women and seeks to help them out of poverty.  I am enamored with most of their products, but especially their mission.  When you purchase from…

Hooks and Hearts

On Monday two wonderful, genuine people launched a business.  I was so excited for them; more importantly, I was encouraged by them.  So often it is easier to lament an evil or problem rather than look for a way to help.  Brad and Maggie Perrine have found their way to address a visible need through Hooks…

The Wait

I was waiting so patiently for this egg.  Ok, not really.  I had waited impatiently for my hen to gift me with one of these.  It’s gorgeous, and I now want to raise more colorful egg layers.  Waiting is never wasted  (especially with these beauties ).   As crazy as it sounds, the egg pushed…

When We Are Tired

I am tired.  Exhausted.  Overwhelmed by unimportant things.  Yes, none of that last thought was grammatically correct.  The broken thought is a reflection of my mind right now.  My children haven’t been sleeping well the last couple weeks, neither am I.  I live a zombie life for the moment and pray that we can return…