Yearly Archives: 2010

Can the American family be rescued?

tell me what you think about….

preparing heart soil

planting seeds

waiting for the harvest

Our family is packing up for a journey of

rebuilding.restoring.raising up.repairing


I believe God is waiting to heal and set free of the American family!!
Can I say that again??

but it MUST begin with ME…with You—authentically!

Tell me some things that you would like to see change in your family/or have changed — that have worked and given you more unhurried..being present time ?

I am going to use some of this blog to record our families exodus from unhealthiness. Really the same direction just branching out. I have felt that on my heart for at least 8 years now and have chosen to not listen to it.
I am sure there will be a lot of things that come up along the way..most of which I will share here.  I strongly agree that when we are set free of something we have a responsibility to help set others free. Our stories touch other stories and HELP.  If we keep secrets NO ONE is SET FREE.  I’m sure we will meet many other climbers along the way that we will introduce you to.  I’ve got some in mind already!
If you are someone you know has a STORY to share that would be encouraging and meets the criteria at the opening of this post please email me!  I would love for them to guest post.

Over the next week or so I will be sharing some HOW-TO’s that we will be IMPLEMENTING

2011 Vision Board
TWO 2011 Words of the Year
The whats and hows of the No Impact Project
Building Altars
Mapping our Exodus

What’s NEW on my Bedside Table?

I am sooo exited why?
I received my library books today

Product DetailsProduct Details
and I can’t wait to dig in…hint to what maybe coming in the months ahead;)

Here is our first Giving Project

Starting January 2, 2011 the kids and I are participating in this one week project…only we are committing for one month!
I did forewarn you…hippie, crazy lady enough said:)
Post coming on what we are giving away..
No Impact Project
CLICK HERE to read all about it.  We watched his documentary this weekend and WOW!
.  Our country is SO INUNDATED WITH CONSUMING-that we have lost PRODUCING our TIME with each other. We are so harried we can’t ENJOY life anymore. I’ve spent years wondering how to get off this merry go round.  No ANSWER came until last week when we watched this documentary.  Click here for More Fun, Less Stuff

:::for those who didn’t receive click here for Ann and Holly’s Word Strengtheners!:::
I am taking them to Mardel’s and have them laminated and possibly putting them on my key chain..not sure yet.  What creative idea would you do with yours?

Don’t forget on January 5, 2011
Jen from Finding Heaven will be our guest speaker sharing her story on an area of captivity

January 2, 2011
No Impact Project begins.  See HERE for all the information and pray about starting…even if it is a small step.

that I not be like the warriors of Ephraim,
though fully armed, turned their backs and fled when the day
of battle came.

Psalm 78:9

Our families need us not to flee!

The individual woman is required . . . a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self — Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973)

Sowing the Seed



:::blog change FYI:::

Last night my generous daughter Nikki….. has changed me from Blogger to WordPress!:)

photo source: tumbler

AWESOME + frustrating = Nikki is going to kill herself…lol

I am super excited but there are a few bugs we are trying to work out so I am begging your patience. I don’t think you will be disappointed:)

We are still trying to get the feed switched over for google reader so please if you are viewing this in a reader PLEASE let me know because it is RIGHT!

All my post are not coming over yet………..SO

Nikki will be out of the ” office ” tomorrow due to a funeral on her side of the family

crossing our fingers the few bugs will be worked out by Friday.

After that we will be continually be making more mistakes aesthetic changes over the next couple of weeks.

There is SO much to learn!!  SO much to do.  MANY many changes coming

I will post the follow up post to Cleaning House tomorrow.

As always – thank you for you continued support and prayers

talk soon


PS – If anyone prays could you please pray for clear direction as to a ” specific ” house…I’m not sure whether to pursue it or not…please:)  If I could pray for you I would be humbled…


Cleaning House

Photo Source here

spaghetti sauce dried on the counter, sink full of dirty dishes, laundry so high,
the seen mess is one thing
us moms know this mess…daily.  It is like controlled chaos
it is the unseen that eats me away
and the closets : crammed..shut the door – hurry
the basement..closing my eyes to much to think about now
the garage
It’s the unseen things that are the silent killer

The picture is grotesque beyond imaginable but our locked up rooms can often FEEL much like this room.  Sadly, the woman who lived there died…in that mess.  Makes me really sad.  We too can die in our mess..die to life, to dreams, to our purpose.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want that to be me


come on out in the open cause you are
goin bye bye

Mama is cleaning HOUSE
and you are
Beginning January 5, 2011

The House of Belonging is kicking off the New Year with a guest post from
Jen @ Finding Heaven.  Jen is one heart we all love and is a giver and receiver of God’s love and I am grateful to be a part of her

So here is the scoop:

1. A heart house has many rooms..start with an easy one
One room: any room you want to
and answer these two questions { from Beth Moore’s Breaking Free }
these may or may not help to get you started:)

1.  the specific area of captivity you face/ed
2.  the specific ways and lengths of time God employed to set you free

every Wednesday we can link up and share a room that has held us captive and/or an area in the past that has held us captive…kept us stuck – and HOW we overcame it.  What happened and  how it came about.  I don’t know about you but when I hear a story that hooks my own story I want to know more about how he/she got there and how they got out.

I would also love to offer you a time to guest post…like Jen:)

The story can be about any room of your choosing
here are some examples

habits..smoking, drinking, shopping
thinking patterns that keep you stuck { not good enough, worthless }
perfectionism, performance
unhealthy relationships
raising children
your faith

I am starting us off tomorrow with a BIG room of mine.  I haven’t been this excited to deep clean a room in a long time.  I think because I have friends to be alongside as I sweat.  Cleaning can be physically challenging you know;)

2. I pray that our Word-Women Wednesday’s become a place where rooms are deep cleaned and organized.  You and others can move freely in and out of these once “full to the brim with junk” rooms.  A place for HEROES to to be forged. I need a hero with skin and bones. I long to see life worked out, battles fought and won by real women who have been there done that! What about you?  Are you one?  Do you know one?

Everyone is welcome. Bringing friends is fine.  We will do our best to make it a safe and non judgemental place to be.

I have fallin in love with Ann Voscamp’s word-women picture
see below the word – woman prayer

we are word women.. brokenness wrapped in need of bread..our story passed around looking for HANDS that heal..ultimately that is whats needed to lead others to the ONLY hands that heal.
The goal not being to change anyone but by throwing our stories as life-lines to others will create a safe place for the one who can and does change…to do so. We all long to live free… we ALL have a VALUE to fulfill here on earth. to enjoy the life and dreams God has for us and to lead others to freedom.

3. Fierce prayer will be much welcomed.  Often these stuck areas are….well…stubborn. Prayer is the grease that will often lubricate extractions

4. The linky will be open Wednesday at 12:01 am until Wednesday 11:59 pm
{ central time }
Please link up you permalink to the blog post your wanting to share.
If you kindly would put The House’s button ( I will have ready by then )in your post that would be just awesome.
It really does help us find each other.  That is how I found Jen and I am growing to love our Soli Deo Gloria Sisterhood time on Tuesdays.  I know she and the girls would love for you to visit them too:)

Last but not least by any means

If you don’t have a blog and just want to share your story/ies please know you are always welcome to leave a comment or email me.  See below for address.
Some of us are shy and may not feel comfortable doing something like this that is so public.  We understand.  Please know you are not alone and we would LOVE to walk beside you:)

Calling all Word-Women
come and link up on

Wednesday January 5
for our Word-women series
The House of Belonging

will you take my hand and let’s put them into the HAND that heals–together
and our trust in a love that doesn’t run

photo source here


You are a holy wonder, you are-
May I say this about you?  You are brave.
you are liked and you are loved
and praise to our God who dreamed you up
and ensured that you were perfectly and wonderfully made
my compliments to your Maker!
You are beautiful and you belong
and thank you Lord for these women
for such a time as this!

God of the Word, we ask you-
Give us a Word
Your daughters are hungry

In the name of the Word wrapped in flesh,
the God-Man made bread, broken, and passed around….
In Jesus name…Amen.

The lines of our stories become literal life-lines
that we throw to each other when the storms come and beat hard on our lives.
You have been a life line to me
Humbly grateful

I cut and pasted some of Ann’s words that moved my heart to give to my dear friend for Christmas.
They seemed to sum up much.  Grateful for Ann’s yielded journey while on earth to be used to the fullest
…even brokenness wrapped in flesh made perfect in His hands

until tomorrow friends…..

Joining here today…come on over


Dew on Tender Grass

I remember the desire to be all together yours
I’ve tasted..left wanting more
it has been a long time..returning to home
to where I belong

I belong
here with YOU
woo me to a sacred place
where we spend hours
joy fills the space and seeps over

I remember running my hand over the
written worn leather
I remember
longing hard after..
YOU have completed me
I’m eye’s closed waiting…

until you come

the day after … Happy Sunday

homework week 2