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If you know anything about me, you will know that I am a woman of faith. I am sharing a powerful verse of scripture that suddenly interrupted my morning thoughts yesterday. "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you." (Isaiah 26:3) I grew up in a conservative home and we memorized this verse with all the thee's and thou's.  I spared you those.  LOL! Anyway, it was more like this verse interrupted my morning frustrations and feelings of inadequacy. It is good that this happened because I really need to adjust my thinking.
Here's my problem, and I seem to struggle against falling into this pit more often than I should...some days I love social media, and how you can feel drawn to people...connected and intertwined. But... some days it is an absolute liar!I personally hate when people like a page only to un-follow in a few weeks or days. Why do people do that???Rhetorical questions here!! I mean, seriously, it can mak…
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Precious Pearls

As I reflect on my life and my accomplishments, by far the greatest is being a Mother.  My lifelong dreams included motherhood.  Having children is such an honorable responsibility and privilege.  It has truly been my highest joy. I have 3 adult daughters and I can tell you that these ladies are amazing young women.  They are honest, pure, innocent, loyal, loving, giving, talented and wholesome.  Who wouldn't want to have them as daughters?!  Meet Kyrsten (27), Kaitlyn (24) and Kourtney (23).




In honor of Motherhood, I posted a picture of our bass guitar string pearl bracelets. on FB and IG!  I am offering these this week so you can buy something meaningful and special for your mother.  The juxtaposition of sturdy rugged metal with delicate pearls seems fitting for Moms.  We are sturdy and steady, like a rock.  I know I have had to be this.  When my husband faced loss because of mental illness...jobs, friends, etc...I had to be a rock for my family.  I could never quit and so I be…

Every Day Heroes

Why talk about mental health? For so long, our culture has misunderstood illnesses of the brain, like bipolar and depression. Unfortunately when someone who suffers, and who has failed to effectively manage their illness...when they do something terrible, (which isn’t the norm), then the negative beliefs about mental illness are further reinforced. 
I want to yell loudly at culture and say those people do not adequately represent such illnesses! They propagate negative stigma and stereotype messages. Meanwhile, you have folks who go about their daily lives, swallowing a pill to keep them sane, using talk therapy, managing their symptoms, exercising and being serious about effectively regulating their diseases. These folks go unnoticed.  It’s sad because they are just like you and me...only their brain doesn’t work quite the same. And it’s harder for them to put a governor in their emotions, anxiety and depression but it can be done. And it should be done!  How else can we show our so…

From My View

I’m just one of thousands who loves #diy #farmhousestyle decor. Long before roadside salvage, diy style was so popular, I rescued treasures out of necessity. Right here is a great place to insert a little background to my story.

I’ll do just about anything for a treasure. Way back when...back in the early years of my marriage to Glen, we struggled a lot financially. Before I met him, Glen had just been diagnosed with bipolar disease. When he shared his story with me, it didn’t translate into a challenge. I innocently believed it was of no consequence.

As time moved along, a pattern of job loss emerged, and most often it was not his fault. In almost every situation he was stigmatized and marginalized. Most often the response was dismissal because people felt inconvenienced by his job needs.

With three young daughters, being a Momma who desperately wanted stability and a wanting to create a beautiful home that represented me, my creative juices started flowing! It became my missio…

How Long Will it Last?

How long will what last, you ask?  I've often written about depression and mental health, because it's not uncommon to wonder how long a spell of depression will hang around.  It's a beast.  You can read about how depression feels in another post I wrote. (click here)  But that isn't the purpose of this post.

Instead, I'd like to address a few points of concern from customers.  Every once in a while someone has a concern.  Most of the time the feedback is so amazing that we artists forget that everyone won't always be happy.  While we do our best to please, we know that sometimes everyone won't or can't be satisfied, but we try anyway.  Thankfully the concerns are few and far between.

So, in an effort to address these issues, I thought that perhaps it's necessary to give you some of the details regarding wear-a-bility, materials, etc., in a blog post.  Let's begin with materials discussion.  Throughout the past nine years, we have learned a lot …

The Music Lives On

Today I was standing on my tip toes singing at the top of my lungs.  The sound reverberated and echoed throughout the house.  It was thrilling to my soul and physically invigorating.  I was working hard, because these lungs of mine are a bit out of shape.  It took all the wind I had to fill my lungs and belt the sound from deep inside.  The words to an old gospel song filled our home with music and it made me melt inside. I remembered how much I love singing and playing the piano.  It was a bittersweet moment.  And for just a few minutes I reflected on the memories of making music. 
I am a classically trained musician and for years I made my living teaching and performing. I would never have imagined that I would trade music for another occupation, but I did. I sold my beautiful Yamaha piano 7 years ago, and our family gave up our worldly good in exchange for the road less traveled...literally!  We bought an RV and hit the road with nothing more than faith and dreams in our pockets. …

Me Too!

Have you seen the hashtag, #metoo?  If you have, then you know these people are being brave enough to share publicly that they have been the victims of sexual abuse.  Good for them I say, because all too often people suffer their abuse in silence.  I applaud the speaking out and up about abuse, because when we do so, the abuser begins to lose their power over us.
Abuse is a real thing.  It is not just sexual, it is verbal, physical, emotional and even religious.  Anytime we believe that we must force our strength, words/opinions and beliefs over someone else, it's abuse.  
Perhaps a more appropriate word for what I have experienced is bruising. I find the deep seated roots of this bruising to go so deep that it almost feels like it's inscribed in my DNA.  Though it is not, I have found the struggle to escape the snares to be real and ongoing.  Those words spoken or actions taken by past abusers can come back in our weakest moments.  They also come at times when we are least e…