when people are wrong about us

"Actually..." The beginning of anything that comes out of my kid’s mouth before he tells me how I’m wrong. Which I never take personally, because he’s four. But mostly because I’m right. Recently a friend said something wrong about me (to someone else) and it’s taking everything for me not to say, “actually…” Why is

a dangerous message about restoration

I recently heard someone say God restores us back to our pristine condition with a picture of an old, damaged Cadillac junker, restored to a perfectly shiny, new Cadillac. 🚘🚦While I get the sentiment, most of the time I feel like an old, dented Camry with alignment problems. 🚧⚠️🚙🚧 Saying God will restore us back to new

when you pray & nothing happens

Have you ever looked up your name’s meaning? My name means, a messenger of God. I never believe it because I don’t hear God the same way my friends heard Him (or Her). In church people say things like, “God told me to do this” or my favorite, “God told me to tell you…”. I’ve

sand, people & god

When I lived in San Diego, every day was a beach day. My German shepherd, Giada, would run in the waves and my golden retriever, Apple, would chase tennis balls. Even the ones tossed for other dogs. It’s how I made friends on the beach. The water was so spectacular and healing and I would

On religious talk…

💗 🙏🏻 💡  A few years ago, I’d suffered a spiritual midlife crisis that propelled me into trying to find my way back again. I've endlessly felt like I'm tip-toeing trying to not offend anyone while I work this all out. The truth is I grew up with a different picture of who God is

RV fulltime living ~ the oregon coast

Normally we don't listen to music in the car. We listen to Ethan screaming. Not crying, but a high pitched scream. And his endurance is impressive. Maybe he'll sing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York one day. But this weekend, my friends, we could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Both

Why we should quit sentimental stuff…

“I have memories – but only a fool stores his past in the future.” – David Gerrold Most of us have sentimental stuff we keep to honor a memory, to remember people we love, places we’ve been, our history. They can bring us feeling of joy or sadness. Most often they hold no monetary value yet

Quitting Indecisiveness

A huge reason we own stuff is for what they do for us. If they aren’t doing what they are supposed to do, we should kick ‘em to the curb right? But what if you can’t decide what to keep? I believe indecision stems from a lack of vision and as the person 100% responsible

What is Minimalism? 6 undeniable benefits of less stuff

What is minimalism truly about? A while back my three-year-old was being way too quiet. Eerily quiet. I was enjoying the peace until I realized he’s up to something. I found him in our pantry. Holding the red fire extinguisher. White powder everywhere. Before I lost it (and I did), I did what every millennial mom

from survival mode to finding your passion

Do you stress about finding your passion? I did. If I don’t know what my passion is how am I going to live a good life? How am I going to apply meaning to all of this if I’m not following my calling? Thus I set out on an endless search to “find my passion”. I had

This Changes Everything ~ Freedom in Letting Stuff Go

In the weeks leading up to our big move, I had to downsize a lot. Why do I have all this stuff? But then I started going through everything. My next thought, I need all this stuff. I didn’t know where to start. I walked into the boy's room and noticed their lullaby CDs I

Your things shouldn’t define you – but they DO.

Today I gave away the final key to the house we moved into 620 days ago. It was the sweetest release. The last year was HARD and the house represented a collective of all the angst the year held. We’ve lived in our tiny home now for 25 days I have only one regret -