Introverted woman. Faith wrestler. Busy wife. Overwhelmed mom. Perpetual crafter.

Do any of these describe you? They are just a few of the ways I identify myself.

The twists and turns my life has taken are not what I once envisioned in my perfect dream future… yet somehow I can’t even begin to imagine life along a different path. Each year gives a new measure of perspective. Some lessons have been easily embraced, while others I’ve fought against with all my strength.

After far too many years of not considering myself ‘creative’, I started to embrace my unique gifts and allow those talents to grow.

Moving past what seems like the frenzied survival-mode of raising a large family, I give myself moments to indulge in beauty (through art, crafts, cooking, decorating, reading, writing, or journaling) refreshing my heart and renewing my purpose as a woman, wife, and mom.

Experiencing the joy and satisfaction of creating beauty, even amidst life’s challenges, gives me a passion to share that with you.

I want to help you uncover your hidden creative gifts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Start Here…

  1. hi just starting off on the love your lettering in 31 days. I used to quite a neat writer but unfortunately I have arthritis in my hands. My grip and control are not what they used to be. I need to get practicing.
    Thank you
    Sheila Moss

  2. How do I get starting with 31 days of lettering? Just subscribed to your blog but can’t find day 1. Looking forward to improving my lettering n journaling.

    • Hi Pam, thanks so much for joining. The ‘live’ portion of #LoveYourLettering has finished, but all of the posts can be found on this index page. I am working on creating a page for it in the menu. If you have any questions regarding any of the instruction, feel free to comment or contact me through email. I’m always happy to help!

  3. Hi! I watched/listened to you on Periscope last night. Thank you so much for sharing.
    As I was listening something you said really stuck with me, you were talking about the potential changes with the living situation and you mentioned the loss of your daughter and you said (something to the effect of) sometimes God does thing (takes things away, squashes a dream), just to show you that He can.
    And although I believe God can do anything, I don’t believe He does something just “because He can”—that seems too human-like a horrible boss that tells you you can’t have a day off, just because he can.

    I do believe God does everything for a reason. Maybe it’s because not too long ago our church did a series called The Story-the upper story (God’s story) and the lower story (the story we can see).
    And I can not fathom losing one of my children, I have to believe that if I did, it would be for a reason (God’s upper story)- it might not be one I can see right now or in my lifetime (the lower story) but God has a reason and it isn’t just to prove he can. If this was the old testament then maybe, God seemed like more of a hormonal teenager then, but in the New testament He ‘matured’—that is truly a horrible analogy, sorry.

    All that to say, I prayed a lot for you and your family last night. Not necessarily that you sell your house and everything moves as you hope it will (although I did pray for that as well) but that you would see that even if you a sale doesn’t happen…this whole time of a slimmed down, non-traditional holiday season (the lower story)…was not in vain.
    It sounds like you might have even come up with some new traditions (I understand the importance of the traditions-I am Greek and just like the Italians, we LOVE our traditions :)). The Christmas Eve sleepover with your close family friends, a modified budget where the kids did such a wonderful job shopping for their siblings, etc…You children will remember that for years and we have no idea what that experience will mean for both of your families in the future —God’s plan for why your families decided that something so unusual for you would be such a wonderful idea (the upper story).

    I hope this isn’t inappropriate but I couldn’t sleep without saying something.

    • Maria, I really do appreciate your time and encouragement. I may have been a little misunderstood, probably because it was my first Periscope in a while and I likely didn’t fully communicate my thoughts. I do believe that God acts thoughtfully and intentionally in all facets of our lives. I don’t think He acts just ‘because He can,” like our human-nature may. What I was trying to say was that sometimes when He says “No” to us, His children, it isn’t simply because He is planning on giving us something (else) that’s better. I don’t believe there is this greater ‘thing’ He’s going to give us. Instead, I believe He says “No’ even to our hearts desire because there is a reason that it does not align with His greater will for our lives. I don’t think my daughter dying was punishment to me, and I also don’t believe it’s because He had something better than my living daughter, in store for me. Does that explain my belief more clearly. I agree that we do not have the whole picture, by far! He may choose to reveal the complete picture to us, in Glory. I know that all things come together for His glory, the good, the bad, and the ugly. My faith does not waiver about that. The house situation? In the big scheme, it’s a very small facet of our lives. It’s our desire, and we feel we would use it to further His glory, but that may not be how He sees it, and we trust that He’ll open or close that door as we continue to walk in that direction. One thing that I do give thanks for is that through losing my daughter, He has pricked my heart and my perspective to look for the blessings amidst the trials of life. Because I know they’re there! He gives us the consolatory blessings that are just glorious. I know that this season will be held in our hearts (ours, our friends, and all of our children) for a very long time, if not our entire lives, and that is part of the consolation that helps us see that what we’ve done, the decisions we’ve made, are not to our regret but to the building of the greater story.

      Thank you so much for praying for us and for reaching out to me, it is a great blessing to me. <3 Welcome, I'm so glad you are here.

  4. Hello! I am from Brazil and I would like your help to improve my hand writting. Can you help me telling where can I Start?? Sorry mu english is not so good.

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