Monthly Archives: November 2012

i have a new friend and her name is moxie..have you met her?

I am a heart girl..i have tried to separate home and heart here on the blog and it just won’t work.  I can’t do one without the other.
they are magically connected..period.  ( for some weird reason Lucky Charms popped into my head…hummm)

i had to stop trying to take the heart out of the girl and just let her evolve you know what I/m talking about?

I am going to whisper this…come is such a precious piece of truth..sacred no doubt..i want to treat it with the honor it deserves

and dare I say ever so humbly that I am  figuring something out…

you want to know what the difference is in someone who makes beauty from ashes ..
someone who refuses to not see thier dream come true
the underdog become the top dog?
those stories that have you on the edge of your seat holding your breath that she will be the heroine of
her story?

—– they make it their own —–


just like our sweet Ann Voscamp.  She took the truth of gratitude and made it hers.  An intricate part of her authentic real life with its painful stories, hard places, raw emotions…everyday.

Solomon really is spot on when he wrote there is nothing new under the sun.
It isn’t something only for the Ann’s of the world as I am sure she would want us to know.
It is for the YOU’s and me’s…too.
and what is really blowing my mind is this applies to all truths not just  gratitude

Ann made gratitude her own forever changing her hiSTORY..

and you know what?  there are millions of biography’s just like hers!

i will be sharing so much more on this…but this moment..right now
this season of celebrating life-family-friends-heart & home

here is one thing I am making my own ::  making sacred connections in my heart and home

to take what I have where I live right now..not in my dream world
my home.. as enough (verb)  and create it ( verb ) into a place of true belonging for my family.
right where we are and I am taking YOU sweet friends with me because I am bound and determined to show that this is for anyone
who is teachable.  I want to show you how I do it so you can do it too!!

because girls I have found a new friend and her name is moxie..have you heard of her?

—————- MOXIE means

the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage…don’t you just LOVE that?

reminds me of fried green tomatoes…tiwanda..what was it she said?  that is the spirit I am talking about!

so while I can’t take the heart out of the girl I can implement the moxie in her and get down to business turning this house into a place of belonging by looking for the sacred connections each and everyday as daily markers guiding me along the journey.

there is SO much to share about our new blog is coming–just SO much but today I am content to chew upon making things mine..this is what changes my heart and re writes my STORY!

love you friends…so much…thank you coming alongside me.  I do SO look forward to the next leg of the journey…wherever that takes us and I am humbled to have so many uniquely created hearts to help lift each other up.

to moxie! and less steroids…for crying out loud I almost ate a whole medium pizza in bed last night!


holiday bi-polar – and happy balls!

have you stood calf deep in the ocean and when the big wave comes you have to brace yourself?  you can feel the force of the water and tighten you leg muscles? and then the relief when it subsides out to sea again– only to come once more?  that is how my emotions have been the last two days.  moments of panic-overwhelm to not asking for help to feeling alone to focus Tiffini and boo hooing in the bathtub for God to help me…rather fickle isn’t it?  we all go through it..this journey of life.   I am slowly getting better…

a plus:: didn’t eat SO much junk this eat so much carbs and meat that all you want is THAT sounds good!

 a few snapshots of some of our CHRISTmas decorating we have been doing each day…I will do a full post on down the road once I am feeling up to it.  Right now it is a crazy hot mess…the house

 make a happy ball garland for someone and I guarantee it will bring a heart smile!

 i am obsessed…

i too thought my thanksgiving week would be way different.  soooo didn’t happen that way so we are making the best of it.  I sit and delegate..not a bad deal right?

another plus to being laid up in bed I found another new series that I am OBSESSED with…Made in Chelsea…have you watched it?  i have been practicing their “‘cheeky’”…it is like listening to Adele in 10 different people!

I have went down to my concentration look and am now looking daily for the moon face to appear…i crave anything bad for me and NEVER feel full…i am eating lots of sugar free jello, snack pack pudding, white bread, eggs, mashed potatoes, macaroni and yes..cheese please…bland and residue I am:)

come over here and give me a hug–thank you for loving on me.
we are watching White Christmas together on my bed…each with our electronic device


do you INSTAGRAM?  I can follow me @houseofbelonging…I am just SURE someday business will return to normal!
what about you?  any new shows..series you could share with me?  I love the UK;)
any crazy boo hoo stories from the bathtub…!  am I the ONLY one?:)
when things go south from what you dreamt them to be what are some things you have tried that helped?  I’d sure love to hear…

moon face over and out…xoxo


hospital stay-poopbag-heart-shopnews

————————MY hospital stay

It is in YOU that I move, breathe, write, create, dream, feel and have my being. I honor YOU today .our CREATOR .. my ALL..when nothing is going the way I think it should- when all is falling apart .. or maybe falling together..when letting go is the only thing left to do so one doesn’t fall completely apart.
I am so full of high dose inravanous steroids and pain meds that it has my nerves and emotions all over the place.  It is like PMS on SPEED. I’ve been sent home on a no taper high steriod until we can get into the surgeon  for a consult on having a colectomy.  I think I am done fighting and it is here I hold up the white flag.  Just another place to stop and build an alter to God–how gracious He is to let me find my own way there.


HOPE you girls are ready to follow me along getting a poop bag…I know! but it is what it is and you have to learn to talk about hard things right?:)  I will fill you in on more when it isn’t a holiday…I just want to let you know I am home and doing as good as can be expected:) thankful for your prayers and love…..

(yes..the white things were on BOTH sides of the socks..this was a funny.  I sat the alarms off…oh geesh it was hilarious)

——————————MY HEART

the two most important days 
in your life are the day you
were born and the day you
figure out why.”
mark twian 

I feel as if I have let so many down with signs
all kinds of projects for Grace and I to do to
decorate the house on Friday for Christmas
going to the nursery to get our fresh greens
cooking Thanksgiving together
black friday shopping
and I am being rawly honest I am groping to find the gratitude tonight.  I know steroids are powerful and I am trying to give myself grace but I am so disappointed and feel as if all my plans and dreams for this holiday are just crashing down and then I think– I don’t have cancer, I am not homeless, I can move and on and I KNOW in my head what my heart struggles to catch up too.
and this is where I am… life right now is maybe a new opportunity for me to listen…God wants to speak to me and I can be to busy to hear.
Maybe it is another leg of the journey I need to get briefed on maybe it is a new leg of the journey..a change in direction or maybe it is just a place of rest and trust…watching and seeing how HE will work on my behalf and how I am going to handle the changes..the letting go.
but can I share one more thing before I go?
how much i love each and everyone of you?  if you could see me you would see real tears rolling.  I am over abundantly blessed to have all of you walking with me.  I feel it everyday.
Most of my life consists now of online…why?  don’t know yet.  Time will tell –but I pray each of you a thanksGIVING blessing: that you find JOY peaCe and TRust this holiday season…no matter where you find yourself sitting today…KNOW we are not alone and HIS PEACE really is available.  I love you…and eat lots of food for me will you?

———————————————SHOP news! BLACK  FRIDAY

we are opening the shop out of love for our customers.  we’ve had many ask for a sign and we are participating in a black friday round up of sorts.  FYI – these orders will not begin until the new year..we are finishing up all of the patient friends who have ordered and are shipping out for Christmas.  The orders on black friday and on will begin production on January 7and shipped 4 weeks from the date of production. We are finishing up our new blog design & Etsy shop design so things will be changing soon….super excited for that!  … see I DO have things to look forward to! We do have new signs to share so be watching for those….a wee bit behind:/

FOR our sweet friends enter BLACKFRIDAY for 15% off and a free gift with order.


prayers please!

Hello, its Nikki here:)I wanted to write a quick post asking your prayers for mom. We had to take her to the hospital this morning due to complications with her Crohn’s disease.  I will keep you updated when I know more.


i still can’t believe i made a wedding cake…for a real wedding!

aiy aiy aiy in my best itailian voice.  I haven’t stressed so much over a cake before..Cake Boss I AM not!  I don’t know what possessed me to volunteer for this other than a genuine love for decorating/baking a cake
and my sister…who would give me grace…not grief  if I screwed it up!  I think my style is perfectly imperfect..I have no real direction or training whatsoever which makes it all the funnier!

for all of you that asked yes…I did make it to the church with the cake intact.
the ceremony was small..the food amazing and the priest?…a little weird…sorry Kami
but other than that it was a beautiful time with friends and family…Nikki captured the couple before they tied the knot.
Nik doesn’t have a flash…nor likes using one so the inside photos are few but we thought you would enjoying seeing a bit of their day.

……………..the two dresses I didn’t wear…………….

After buying two really nice dresses I ended up wearing neither of them and wore a fun little dress I spontaneously purchased at our favorite store..Target:)
and found some fun heels at DSW…I fell for the sweet bows…black tights and called it good.

Do you find yourself volunteering above your comfort level?  is that a good or bad thing?:)   it does challenge us doesn’t it?