Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dear Monday…an artist in high heels?

It is on my bucket list this year to wear high heels somewhere.  I’m not a heel wearer…at all.


Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about….Say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe.

-Jalai us-din Rumi

I MADE these and look at them!  They were even edible…not just so so… YUMMY!  I am so proud of myself!  This is Martha Stewart’s recipe. I got it from Cooking with my Kid.

We printed these invites off from Emily @ Jones Design Co. for Grace’s Valentine at school

She cut ribbon and wrote on them … and share them on Friday.  Ugly black blob – last name I took out…sorry:)

Cooking with My Kid Valentine Heart Cookies click here

Prep Time: 1 hour  Cooking Time: 10 to 12 minutes ( I used my convection oven and it only took 5 minutes -this batch got to brown on 8 minutes..subsequent batches turned out perfectly..sorry for the dark cookies;) )

Cookie Ingredients:
2 sticks unsalted butter (at room temp)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour (plus some for rolling)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Frosting Ingredients:
3 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice or milk

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla. Mix on medium-high speed until combined. With mixer on low speed, add flour in two batches, mixing until just incorporated.  Turn out dough onto a clean work surface. Divide in half, and pat into flattened rectangles; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out one rectangle of dough to ¼-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes. Using a small offset spatula, transfer shapes to prepared sheets, placing about 2 inches apart. Bake in oven 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are just starting to brown. Let cool before frosting.

For frosting, stir together confectioners’ sugar and juice until icing is spreadable (add more juice if you need to). Spread glaze onto cookies and add sprinkles.

Enjoy everything sweet today….

Top Photo Credit - Shelly Kroeger

Photo Credit – Nikki @ The House of Belonging


soul on its knees…

As I tread gently in this sacred ground… my soul has been on its knees..for us..for women

would you covenant to  pray too?

I believe it begins with one

will you be one?

it’s coming and it is going out…will you be willing to jump  “naked”  in a  canvas of community with me?

it’s sacred…it’s community

over the next days…will you pray ?

here is the verse that I have been praying

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth { not the lie } about God’s wonderful grace.

Colossians 1:6

make ready for the vision…

sharing my heart over with Michelle @ Lost in the Prairies for

& Jennifer @ StudioJRU

sneak peek

come connect with others will you ?


How to clean in the light


Would you come out today from where your hiding?

each shaft of light is filled with calling…

drawing our souls from their protected stance

life is waiting

for us to put down the first brush stroke

Today I am reminded that I am a light lover…

Today I move…breathe…and have my being in this LIGHT

Today is ordinary house cleaning…turned extraordinary…I turned on the LIGHT

Would you join me in the Light?

It’s coming…wait for it

sharing with Erin @ It’s Grace for Mama’s Heart…would you walk with me?

It’s Grace

photo credit – a cottage in the woods


word women wednesday linkup..a day in your life

each person’s life is lived as a series of conversations

Deborah Tannen


“A day”  in an ordinary grace filled life of one…. Tiffini

I woke at 4:30 to think I may just die…I’m sick.  when your sick does everything seem magnified? I notice the dog hair everywhere a little more…my feet need some major help…a pedicure maybe?  I hair feels extra dirty..I don’t feel like brushing my teeth. Haven’t worked out in a week…only eating carbs…this is not so bad:)..chest and lymph nodes are hurting and I roll back over until the alarm wakes me at 6:30 to which I answer…coffee.  Hot liquid + sore throat = thank Jesus for coffee right?

I go to the Dr on Thursday SO…take some medicine and get the kids off to school and instead of allowing myself to get all embroiled over how miserable I am…I answer this invitation to take

A whole day to do NOTHING ( insert sick happy dance ) So my day consisted of quiet music playing in the laptop..a big bottle of Gatorade…frost riptide rush:)…a big bowl of Annie’s Macaroni and cheese for lunch… a nap…ok I did manage to jump in the tub for a bath..the dog hair… well…it is what it is but … I am loving my quiet sick day.  When sickness causes us to be grateful for downtime.

Now it is your turn:) Can’t wait to see and hear what you have to share.  love you all…I pray we BELIEVE we are worthy of love and belonging…anything else is a lie:)



Just link up your exact URL to the post you wish to share. I am looking so forward to visiting each of you:)  If you have time…stop and share conversation and love to others.  Oh – don’t forget to receive the conversation and love;)

Photo Credit -Crumpled Envelope


sweet incense & a free gift

soul work – this is where it happens…we’ve just gotten used to relating on levels that avoid soul issues….

from Your Secret Name

Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.

Psalm 141:2

As incense – Incense was offered every morning and evening before the Lord, on the golden altar, before the veil of the sanctuary. Exodus 29:39, and Numbers 28:4.

“as the sweet gift offered in the evening.”

daniel farmer

I’ve always had a receiving issue.  It is hard for me to receive something without feeling as if I have to give something back in return.  The truth is…I do have those in my life that expect something in return.  There is most always a string attached to what they are giving.  No thank you…I’d rather not…that is a game I choose not to play.

this has carried over into God and I’s relationship…until lately.

He is not letting this one go…not this time. I’ve always been one to record life…mostly through journaling.  When things are deep…words…moments – I want to capture them quick and engrave them on my soul … time elapses and I can’t recall.

My soul has been in turmoil of late…vacillating between feeling as though I have nothing acceptable to give Him and knowing that that is ok.  He doesn’t play that game.  Remember here when I shared my altar jar with you….this ismy Bethel…my sacred place.  It is where the divine and the daily meet…often where the words won’t come and the numb won’t leave… where I am raptured by a love that allows me to just BE..before the angst builds up so much … where the escape eludes me and I silently scream arms raised up high and He comes and I am emptied…spent

Jacob mirrors me…wrestling and I won’t stop…importunity crying out this time Father..each of my senses heightened by His movement…I hear YOU…all around me…this is what you can give to ME…  my outpouring… your overfilling.  I give Him back all He shares.  This sacred place … He pulls me into Him and I breathe Him in and me out…over and over until there is

I’m not choosing fear…I’m wrestling…I’m not letting go…going to let fear keep me from my soul being healed..I believe there is a step farther past just settling…just being reconciled to the fact that there isn’t something more…what if there is more…if we open our soul to Him…risk being naked, vulnerable…

Father it is in you that we move and breathe and have our being…unhindered…relentless..naked and vulnerable we pursue you…we will not let go until we’re blessed..we gratefully meet you here…each at our sacred place

…waiting for what you shall say…

Here is my simple gift to you.  I pray these help you to build a memorial for remembering…altar cards for you to write your words…His Words in your sacred place…what He has done… is doing…comforting me/you so we can comfort others.

to think about as you move in Him today…what offering do you have to lay on the altar today?  Have you ever felt like you had to give God something back when He gave you something? will you refuse to let go until your blessed?  ( not talking money here:)  are you willing to step a little farther than you ever  have before?

Photo Credit - Daniel Farmer

Come with me won’t you?  I’m over sharing Jen’s @ Finding Heaven

Finding Heaven