just rest

One of the hardest things we will ever be asked to do, is to rest. Just rest. I know. Resting is difficult to justify when there’s so much to do around the house, at the office, in the ministry, amidst the relationships we have. So we often keep pushing on, ignoring all the warning signs […]

slave or servant

A few years ago I spent hours creating a cleaning schedule for my home. By the time I was done with this color-coded beauty I was so distracted by how impressive it looked that I never considered what kind of full-time staff it would take to actually get it all done. Incidentally, that full-time staff […]

13 marriage building reasons to DIY together 

As we navigated our way thru rerouting duct work for a new dryer vent, I found it humorous that at no point in my prayers for an Ah-mazing husband did I ask if we could someday hang out together in a crawl space in the dead of July. Waaay below the Mason-Dixon. But, that’s where […]

holding onto things

One would think that I’ve mastered the art of letting go of things. I do love a good purging, so it frustrates me when I run into roadblocks along my journey to become clutter free. This year I let go of several pieces of home decor. Gasp. I know. Here’s the deal though. I found […]

4 shopping habits that will keep you out of financial trouble

Shopping is fun! Set me free in a bookstore or surround me with locally made pottery and I am in heaven! But set me free in either of those environments without a plan and I’m headed for potential trouble. Here are 4 shopping habits that will keep you (and me) out of financial trouble: 1 […]

all the pretty things 

Have you ever considered the structural details that hold up the floor you walk on or the roof over your head? If you’re like me, you probably skip right to all the pretty things and pay little to no attention to the very foundation that will support them. Whether it interests me or not to […]

pulling up weeds

While pulling up weeds this Spring, it occurred to me that if left there, those pesky green things would run wild and choke out the healthy growth of my plants and flowers. If I were to dig a little deeper, I can see areas of my daily life that tend to become overrun with weeds […]

4 paint color tricks of the trade

Over the last 17 years, I’ve witnessed many a future client throw up their hands in frustration because they don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing paint colors. Once I see this happen, I am immediately on mission to equip them with a few tricks of the trade. I believe choosing paint […]


There’s been a lot of pulling things out of boxes around here lately. These boxes have been filled up, taped up, and stored away for who knows how long. And who knows for what purpose either. Safe keeping maybe? Some of these boxes have moved with me from state to state, house to house, and […]

a sticky mess

Once the warm temps start to rise, we steer clear of the seeping railroad tie bordering our driveway. Many an unsuspecting shoe has tracked a sticky mess of hot tar across the concrete and thru the house. Cleaning it up is no easy chore. Not to mention the loss of a perfectly good pair of […]