Category Archives: House of Belonging Shop

my heart. SHOP news. SURGERY & a recipe

::the heart

the physical pain right now..weighed down by the business and  people who really don’t understand is threatening to take me down each day.  i am whittled down to doing the bare necessities.  for those of you who have recently been really sick with the body ache flu or throwing up bug and that feeling of “i’m gonna die” …you remember and relate right?:)  you know how everything just falls apart around you.  for those of you who haven’t been sick in a really long time..i’m glad for you but it is harder to relate until you have been visited by sickness isn’t it?


hoping that writing it down here will lighten the load.  i feel somewhat helpless in all of this.  i am at the mercy of a disease i cannot control.  not only that it is at the time that i am coming into myself.  my life has been one of seeming to get there then something happens and it all falls apart.  sitting there in the middle of a million pieces of broken glass not knowing which piece to pick up first so i bury my head in my hands and sob.  i dare not shake my fist at God  i have to be cautious not to walk backwards here.  things feel all to familiar and i can hear the whispers even now…see  you will never get out

this time the wave of sickness has knocked me down.  it was only 5 months ago i was in the hospital and Christmas was approaching and i had lots of sign orders and was getting farther behind by the day.  most customers were very nice but people really don’t walk in your shoes.  they don’t know how sick i really am.  after all i post and ig how sick can she be right?  they don’t take colons out of not sick people.  they don’t know that i have 30 orders for custom made signs.  theirs is not the only order and those things weigh heavy on my heart making me feel even worse.  we got caught up..i cycled through to the place of feeling ok..i could function at 65%..then slowly it comes back around


and this time i am done.  i am sick of being sick and tired.  but when a person is really sick it is craziness for me to try to work when it only makes me worse.  i cry and in reality i think, “this isn’t an emergency” so why are you acting like it is.  you are sick!  people can wait. and most are MORE than willing to wait..they are the precious ones.  it maybe a few weeks at the push myself to work when it makes me so much worse and the simple fact is i can’t is CRAZY!  i have to take care of myself.  to wait several more weeks for a sign is nothing in the grand scheme of things.  Ann Voscamp encourages us that LIFE isn’t an emergency and she’s right.  i have some help coming to work with me very soon and it will all work out.

there is a reason i have insurance right now.  i won’t always have it and if want to be around to work a business i need to deal with this.

we have a family crisis right now.  Jesus followers are not exempt from anything.  we face the same things everyone else faces which is why today i am sitting underneath the shadow of His wings..taking refuge in His love.

nikki and i run this house.  we have to come first.  there has never been a sign not received.  i will and have bent over backwards for my customers.  i value them – their support keeps us afloat.   there is only so much i can share here but YOU are supporting my exodus.  can you tell i am venting here?


this is major surgery.  life changing surgery and for the most part i am at peace with that.
what i am more afraid of than a bag of poop is being alone in the middle of those broken pieces and not having my God who will ride through the heavens to help ME.  He is taking me OUT to bring me into a new place of promise..MY place of promise..and nothing is to difficult for GOD.  i have found IT and i am not letting go.  I am saying NO to this surgery as a work to discourage and destroy me and my family.  NO – not THIS time!

i can hear the air still and the soft breeze begin to blow softly brushing my hair back.  the sobbing slows and i find courage and take her hand.  she smiles wide and squeezes my hand as if to say “your in the arena girl…don’t forget” .  she sits with me while an inaudible conversation takes place that goes something like this.

 i will be as vulnerable as you would have me to abba.  i will share what you would have me share and do what you would have me do–i hold my hands out and and let it all go.  after all it really isn’t mine to begin with.  i  don’t have to worry about which piece to pick up first..just get up and do the next thing.  the piece will come as YOU choose to BELIEVE with open hands..held out to the true Giver

i CHOOSE to BELIEVE YOU and i refuse to succumb to those whispers of “see ” in this place of familiar.  in my story He always finds me

He found him in a desert land,
and in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
he guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
–Deuteronomy 32:10


:: the shop

we are going to combine MOXIE and the HOUSE signs into one store.  it will be up and running soon.  we will have a few things left in Etsy but all the new signs/shirts from here on out will be in our new store.  yay!!

nikki is trying to take care of me and finish up loose ends at work before her last day
as soon as she does that she will hit MOXIE full force

when dreams are being written you can bet your bottom dollar there will be war.  dreams don’t happen without …
i am choosing to hang onto this mindset and tell the other one to take a hike jack!
we may have some bumps in the road but we are WHY NOT girls!!

and for my IG friends the banana ice cream recipe:)  you can find me at houseofbelonging


 banana “ice cream” with sweet & salty roasted almonds

Photo: .for banana almond ice cream. #nourishourbodiesinthekitchen

this recipe has all the rich, creamy texture of ice cream with none of the dairy or sugar.  the crunchy topping is a snap to put together and so, so good

makes about 1 pint

4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced into thin rounds

1/4 c finely chopped roasted almonds

2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons good-quality maple syrup, divided

a pinch of coarse sea salt

1/2 c unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

freeze the banana slices in a single layer on a tray or plate lined with parchment or wax paper.  once the slices are frozen
use them immediately or keep them frozen in a zip-top plastic bag or airtight container for up to a month.

meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the almonds with 2 teaspoons of the maple syrup and the pinch of salt and set the mix

combine the frozen banana slices, the almond milk, the remaining 2 TB of maple syrup, and the vanilla in a food processor and pulse until the mixture is the texture of soft serve ice cream, scraping down the sides as necessary.  don’t worry
if the mixture is not totally smooth at first–once the bananas start to break down and defrost in the food processor, they’ll
give in and the “ice cream” will take shape quickly

spoon the banana ice cream into bowls immediately and sprinkle each serving with a bit of the almond mixture.


taken from Its All Good Cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow



update – they have moved up my surgery to THIS tuesday april 23.  i am soooo thankful..i don’t think i can hang on that long.  i go today to meet with the surgeon one last time.  i have a LIST of questions.    i know it is like a 6 hour surgery.  i have never had major surgery before.  i am a little ok a lot scared.
monday i go meet the stoma nurse for placement of the stoma.  i have to bring clothes i normally wear to see how the bag will work with my clothes.  i have to be there at 10 to check in and then surgery is at noon.  we will keep you posted on everything here on the blog and on IG.

love you all….xo


taking the party over here & a giveaway


i heard the birds singing even before my eyes opened this morning.  i was thankful
today is my 45th birthday and i must say i am really enjoying the 40′s journey ( minus the colon issues )..i agree that the 40′s is where we break into our real selves.  it has been for me anyway
i am baking my cupcakes today for tomorrow.  i dialed up my friend sash and got two recipe’s.  not sure which one yet.  this one or this one.  gluten free of course:)  all of the girls are getting together for lunch to celebrate tomorrow.  so i will bring the cupcakes to share.  it will be my daughters, my mom and my sisters.  it truly is what i look forward to each and every birthday.  just laughing, sharing and EATING of course!


–our beYOUtiful MOXIE shirt:)

my grandbabies are coming up tonight to stay all night.  they sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me on the phone a little bit ago.
it was precious and i smiled.  BIG.

my internet was out all night or i would have posted this sooner cause we are SO EXCITED to be celebrating with the HANDMADE HOME today with a giveaway and a coupon for 10% off ITSMYPARTY.  fun yes?  i celebrate with them that the Lord was willin and the creek didn’t rise and they were able to launch their new website…it is full of crazy awesomeness..just like the two of them!  are they not just adorable or what?  so stop on over there and enter to win yourself our newest addition


 Be Thou My Vision’s words are chill bumby.  I remember singing them in church surrounded by hundreds of people and literally felt as if my soul was transported to heaven.

i have met God at this depth before…that He be my all…and the irish”ness”of mingled with it makes it all the better.

our signs have become like a mirror – reflecting to us HOW we want to live..each and everyday.  that is the beauty about word art hanging on the walls of your home.  it inspires you..calls to YOU daily — to LIVE in the moments

stay tuned for more of MOXIE - our new clothing line –  slowly emerging.
nikki only has 3 more weeks of her job then she is here FULL-TIME…and i am so thankfully happy about that

i know for sure that the pathway to your best life isn’t the route of denial.  it’s owning every moment.  Staking
a claim in the right now.  and, with GRATITUDE, embracing the age you are — oprah winfrey

now get on over to visit ashley and jamin….go go go
oh…love ya!




the deets…& my party


i have always worn my heart on my sleeve kinda gal so when the time has come for me to make a major health decision wearing my intestine on my abdomen just seemed to — come natural.  most people if asked would never know i have a bowel disease other than the thinner i would get while really flaring they would comment

oh my you look sooo goood!  now that is sad girls..just sad.  they didn’t know though that i was sick.  our society just thinks the thinner the better

i have battled this beast for almost 10 years.  i have severe  UC/Crohn’s.  they are both auto immune bowel diseases NOT the same as IBS or diverticulitis.  the main difference is that with is the large intestine/rectum and with Crohn’s it can be the whole digestive tract.  My GI .. Dr V whom i LOVE to pieces has tried everything and long story short..FAIL

so here is how my life cycle looks prednisone dependent.. cycle of prednisone, taper, get sick, prednisone, taper, get sick..and so it was easy to think “oh, i wasn’t living on pred but in reality i was and still not with  any quality of life.

it has been just about 6 months since my last hospital stay.  so about every six months i am really bad again.  i have lost 5 works days this week and roughly i loose 2-3 hours a day toilet sitting.  i know right?  thank heavens for iphones pinterest & ig 

after the last stay i knew i needed to make a decision .. well i thought i HAD but then after weeks of medicines i felt my “normal “self and thought i will eliminate wheat…yada see   if”.  NOPE same and i am cycling back down


SIDE NOTE:  i love being wheat free that i am keeping the lifestyle!  i am continuing on in the eating because after i do have surgery i can see it just being really good for my body and soul.

i have such a heart full of ideas for our business..and if i don’t just get this thing done i will continue to have hard times that put me out of commission for weeks and that is no fun for me or for my customers PLUS the risk of colon cancer for me..with the polyps they always remove etc. is sky high!

cancer or no large intestine….kinda puts it in perspective huh?

my surgery is scheduled for April 29.  that should give me enough healing time to be good for may 18-22 graduation festivities!  ( my fourth kiddo graduates high school ) SUMMER and the holidays!  last year just was miserable for us all

when it is all finished, you will discover it was never random

i am working right now on scheduling all of our sign orders we have at the moment to have things prepped in advance.  i may close the shop for a couple of weeks again soon.  we will take care of everybody the very best we can.  it is a learning curve but i have the absolute best customers EVER.

———-big announcement

nikki is coming to work with me full time!!  i can’t tell you what that will that will change things.  her last day is may 2 so once my several weeks of recovery are over…we both can rock and roll!

and YOU…you know who YOU’s are that have been praying with me.  i know some of you i was talking to when i was in the hospital all of these times.  it never EVER goes unnoticed.  ever!


well…i have meds for pain now so hopefully i can hold out till the 29th.  honestly–there are moments that i am not sure but it is what it is.  i will do the best i can…after all this is my STORY that is being written and it is about to be cracked wide open

———its my party

it is my birthday stop back by for some its my party FUN ok?  we will share a cupcake..or two


mark your calendars – plan a girls trip


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we are bringing my hearts to alabama!

we are praying over and working on new signage for shaunna’s vintage market
eek!  6 weeks away!  time is ticking…tick tock tick tock

the sign/shirt business is MORE than just “making a living”
for nik & i it is SOUL work.  a spiritual undertaking for sure

::what we are bringing to the vintage market

we will be bringing signs that are extra special to me because they are clippings from pages of my journal
from deep valley times.  words that i clung to for life and sanity.  we will debut these here..super fun right?

as well as some of our popular signs in the shop

do you find there is something “magical” about your heart words hanging on your walls?
for me: they are reminders of where you have been and of WHO brought you through.

we are also stoked to be bringing Shaunna’s personal designs that only Perfectly Imperfect will carry..yay!!

so come see us WILL YA?   shaunna is going to serve it all up right good.  it will be an amamzing memory for sure!

it promises to be a magical time….as more info comes in i will let you know

oh…check out the new HALLELUJAH sign that was in Life Made Lovely’s Home Tour



new shirt designs and our farmer’s market tote coming so very soon …promise!  we are working some kinks out
they call it a learning curve maybe?….ha!


be sure to follow us on INSTAGRAM.  you won’t want to miss the adventures of our road trippin crazy things happen when i drive places!

SPARROW10 coupon code for 10% off…don’t forget

until April 11 - we have a surprise on april 12 with a new promo code since it is my birthday and WE gotta party like its a birthday right?
alabama you have my heart – i pray you will embrace it..can’t wait to share it!

have a wonderful wednesday…xotiff


open for business..come on in:)

 IT is in the SHOP - The of our FAVORITES!
this is Annie Sloan French Linen

thank you for your patience while we closed to do a bit of catch up but you will love our time
off over the next week or so…


i feel like gabby douglas on some days …GIVE God the glory..the glory goes up and the blessings come down
and other days i wonder what in the heck am i doing?  is this to i spending enough time here or here
and the shrapnel flies around my heart impaling me with doubts.  with each sunrise..the SON rises and i breathe deep
spend time face to face with my abba and i am by grace able to get up again.

the JOY with which these signs are birthed is exhilarating
each sign is our heart YOU

each sign we create has significance .. a story behind it
the are an extension of me..of my heart
and my biggest prayer is that they bless the homes & HEARTS they hand in

THANK you all for your support – LOVE – and sincere UPLIFTING

WE are OPEN once again.  We have NEW SIGNS coming out ALL week

to show our LOVE please use code

 SPARROW10 for 10% off


oh how it breaks me in a million pieces to KNOW His love for us..just look at a bird today
watch it and then remember your inherent WORTH in Jesus.  He watches us more than that little bird
that He so lovingly provides for.  YOUR worth is in NOTHING else friend.
sweetness to my heart



we are also offering the I AM HIS sign in a smaller size.  18″ x 36″


apologies for the IG photo..but it was a custom order and i boxed and shipped not taking time to style a photo
we loved this size so much we are offering it to you in a smaller size.


this I AM CHOSEN was a HAPPY accident..but i went with it.  i think it is POWERFULLY perfect for a
playroom or nursery or kiddos room…


MORE to come on our little BIG adventure to ALAMBAMA!  stay TUNED

**——MOXIE NEWS——**

logo coming soon!!

CLICK here for SHOP has designed some amazing shirt designs.  IT IS killing me to show YOU all!

it may be another week and then we will BOMB ya with em!  farm designs…YO GIRL or something like that.
some kick your hind end FITNESS wear.

it is time to get your MOXIE on and wear some ridiculously COURAGEOUS clothing
WEAR your heart….



hugs hugs hugs to each of you..oh how i wish i could come through the screen and just hug you!
know your thought of..this isn’t just random to me…you mean something to our lives

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