Earlier this spring, when the snow was still on the ground, I began my garden indoors. I bought special seed starting trays, special organic, seed starting potting mix, and inventoried my seeds. Lots of tomatoes, some herbs, some peppers. I wrote diligent notes and a diagram of what I planted where. In about ten days the first few sprouts came up. I studied my diagram and my heart leapt – German Chamomile! I’ve been hoping to expand my medicinal herb garden and was ready to get that chamomile in the garden, as soon as it was warm enough. A few days later more sprouts came up – basil and tomatoes, parsley and summer savory. None of my peppers survived, but that’s a whole other post. As soon as the [... To read more, click here ...]
I didn’t have any expectations. No friends, not even an acquaintance. But I walked in the door with my shoulders back, ready to take on this writing retreat, with my eyes and heart wide open. And I was embraced. Loved on. Showered with kindness and grace from ladies who were strangers Friday afternoon but dear friends, soul sisters, by Sunday morning. I was challenged. Left mystified, tired and teary-eyed. But trusted and followed God’s lead. We talked about writing. The business of blogging. Not one person knew of my blog, and that was okay. We weren’t there to talk about niche, stats, scheduling or strategy. We were there to talk about dreams. We were there to talk about our God-Sized Dreams. The one’s we hold in our hearts and excite [... To read more, click here ...]
It had been a long, busy weekend. Saturday morning we had two soccer games, one soccer practice, and all that that gives way to (finding soccer socks, shin guards, mouth guards and filling up water bottles while trying to get breakfast on the table and finding the requisite shirts folded in the laundry basket) followed by a birthday party in the afternoon where we entertained 11 children 6 and under (two hours is PLENTY long for a party, if anyone is asking) and then Sunday morning we headed out for the 40 minute drive to church at 9:15, celebrated Divine Liturgy at 10, followed by Coffee Hour and then our catechism class, which ended early (!) at 3:00. We stopped off for an early dinner on the way home and [... To read more, click here ...]
One Saturday morning a few weekends ago I was groggily sipping my first cup of coffee and waiting for the griddle to heat up to feed my ravenous children their favorite, pancakes with loads of maple syrup and strawberries, nearly a Saturday morning ritual. I opened up my laptop on the counter, flipped over to my heartlandRenaisance facebook page and noticed that I’d received a message from one of my readers (yeah! I love communicating with ya’all on facebook!), lovely Anjanette. She had found my blog through a random, circuitous way via olive oil mayo and noticed that I live near Omaha. And am a Christian. And an entrepreneur. She had just moved to Alaska (where I lived for many years) and was also a Christian mom blogger. And this [... To read more, click here ...]
I’m excited to join the Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom this year for the first time! For new readers and visitors, WELCOME!! I’d love for you to sit down and visit for a bit! For my longtime readers, maybe you’ll learn a bit more about me!
I am a Christian, a wife and a mother of three beautiful children. I am a certified Holistic Health Coach and I believe that I’m being called by God to use my faith to help strengthen other Women of Faith both body and soul.