A Pro-Women Children's Book: Keep Watch Sam

A Pro-Women Children's Book: Keep Watch Sam
Next Friday, I will be releasing my first children’s book, “Keep Watch Sam.” It is a retelling of the Parable of the Ten Virgins from Matthew 25:1-13 from the perspective of a blue oil lamp set in India. You might be thinking, nice creative spin but why would I want to read a story about... Read more »

Plan to Eat (at Home)

Plan to Eat (at Home)
Eating healthier begins with cooking and eating home. But we’re all busy, so its easier said than done. So, how can we start doing it? My mother always told me that the best way to budget for groceries was to make a list based on meals for the week, breakfasts, lunch, and dinners. And, sometimes... Read more »

Toddler Dictionary: What in the World is he saying?

Toddler Dictionary: What in the World is he saying?
Is this funny to anyone else besides me and my immediate family? I do not know. But I know I don’t want to forget it these things that lighten my days. What funny things do your toddlers say? Or what did your kidssay when they were toddlers? 1. Bop: Park. As in “I want to... Read more »
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Faith Friday: How could the Bible help me?

Faith Friday: How could the Bible help me?
Many of us think of the bible as an old book that may have some good things in it. We hear something read at a wedding or funeral that is encouraging or comforting. Or may be  we tune out when we are made to stand and listen to “the word of the Lord,” because when... Read more »

Meet Sam's Girl: Drawing a Character Study

Meet Sam's Girl: Drawing a Character Study
In my first few months of being a children’s author and illustrator, it has become abundantly clear that the drawing is the most labor intensive of the two. This can come as no surprise since targeting toddlers and their caregivers I am aiming at about a 24 picture to 150 words ratio. 150 words, not as... Read more »

Faith Friday: Canibalism?!

Faith Friday: Canibalism?!
During the first century in the Roman Empire, there was a rumor that there was a Jewish sect that was now claiming pagans including Roman citizens that practiced ritual cannibalism. While not true, it is easy to see how the rumor about Jesus’ followers began. Jesus himself said, “eat my flesh.” What?! I grew up... Read more »
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Confession: I keep jeans in muliple sizes at all times!

Confession: I keep jeans in muliple sizes at all times!
Weight is a touchy subject for most women in America. Not all, but most. You know that whole thing where we and our partners compare ourselves to photoshopped models. In case you haven’t noticed most women fluctuate in size and weight–there are some changes in life that affect it like the freshmen 15 (thank you... Read more »

Recovering My Identity as Artist

Recovering My Identity as Artist
As I child I had a piece of paper and pencil with me at all times. I drew at home, I drew at school, I drew where ever my parents brought me. In high school I was an art room kid. We were sometimes lumped together with other “freaks.”  Charcoal, marker, or ink smudges decorated our... Read more »

Baby "Wearing" Saved Me: One Year & Beyond

Wearing 1-3months in a Stretchy Wrap (Moby)
If it wasn’t for baby carriers: stretchy wraps (moby), ring slings, & Soft Structured Carriers (Ergo & then Tula), I am pretty sure I would have fully lost it my first year of being a mother. I did not have an easy baby…he did not sleep, he did not slay still, but at seventeen months... Read more »
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I'm Glad I Didn't Get Married Young: A Letter to My 18 Year-old-self

I'm Glad I Didn't Get Married Young: A Letter to My 18 Year-old-self
Growing up in the south, in conservative Christian culture, early marriage was encouraged. Women like me are pitied (yes even today).  Looking back now, I would like to encourage  young Christian women to embrace singlehood in their twenties–even in their thirties–something no one ever told me to do. Why? Cause it can be great. Dear... Read more »