A visual reminder

A visual reminder

I woke up while it was still dark yesterday with so much on my mind. My heart aches because my kids keep trying to grow up before I'm ready. I've been worried about a loved one battling a serious illness. And I get overwhelmed by all of the hate and sadness in the...

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Hidden fairy roll top desk

Hidden fairy roll top desk

One of my life rules is that I don't pick up old furniture that people have left by the curb. But when I saw this roll top desk in a neighbor's garbage last fall, it called out to me. I had just finished painting the mandala picnic table, and I thought it would be fun...

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Mandala painted picnic table

Mandala painted picnic table

Gather + Create That should be my tagline! I have only had one regret about the picnic table that I painted a few years ago and wrote about here. My husband built it in our yard, and I enjoyed having it down there. But I've often wished I could move it onto our deck....

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Outside everyday

Outside everyday

They say it’s easier to do something everyday than sometimes. I’ve definitely found that to be true in my quest to walk outside every day in 2021. Now that I’ve made it through the brutal cold and crazy snow, my rhythm of walking several miles twice a day has become...

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Keeping track

Keeping track

I love to track things. When I created my planner for 2021, I knew I wanted to include sheets to track four things for the entire year — the days I am active outside, my steps, my Bible reading plan and my weight. Physically writing these things down helps me keep...

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Shining through

Shining through

Even the bright glow of the moon can be dimmed as it passes through the clouds. But wouldn’t it be sad if it never broke through and we missed its stunning beauty? That’s what I’ve been learning about humans, too. We all have a unique voice and a message to share. I’m...

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Loving winter

Loving winter

I used to hate winter and basically tried to hibernate until it was over. The past few years, I’ve really been trying to appreciate the seasons. Sixteen degrees isn’t bad if you wear the right clothes. The pale palette of a winter sunrise is perfection. Cooper gets to...

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