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taking the party over here & a giveaway

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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!

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–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

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 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!

 

 

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the deets…& my party

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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 UC..it 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 yada..to see   if”.  NOPE same and i am cycling back down

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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 do..how 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!

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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 FRIDAY..so stop back by for some its my party FUN ok?  we will share a cupcake..or two

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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

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::FYI

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!

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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

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open for business..come on in:)

 IT is in the SHOP - The SPARROW..one 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…

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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 much..am 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 love..to 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

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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

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

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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.

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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…

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

**——MOXIE NEWS——**

logo coming soon!!

CLICK here for SHOP

ok..like..nikki 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….

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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 me..to us..to our lives
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FOLLOW us on INSTAGRAM..it is my primary way to CONNECT

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strings-STORY-shirts & SOUL friends

it is my STORY

not yours child
you have thought it yours..
since you were little
you have know ME and I have known YOU
you have not let me in .. let ME love you
care for you AND

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tell OUR STORY – to the point you were lost
there is no where you went or could go that i was not THERE
you numbed yourself with all sorts of things – food, pursuing things that you thought
brought you happiness but only eneded in dissappointment
this new lifestyle we are embarking on is an ADVENTURE–

the one I”VE been waiting to go on with YOU for a VERY LONG TIME–
there have been many lessons along the way haven’t there–
you have to be able to receive to go on this ADVENTURE — I have much to GIVE you
(why do we struggle so with this truth?)

you do not need anyone’s permission
I, even I, give you a choice
CHOOSE this day–

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SING MY song
tell MY STORY
our STORY

God is re-connecting me to my SELF-SONG…

there are NO STRINGS attached to my BLESSINGS – none
ENJOY them
RECEIVE them
they are MY GIFTS to you
to be unwrapped..

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I don’t RECEIVE well.  at all
i live in a constant state of when something good happens .. something really bad will happen
which equals – no JOY in my life
nobody does anything without expecting something in return right?  they act like they don’t
want anything but they really do.  sooner or later it comes out.

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me and God have been working on this
this was an entry from my journal last week and the subsequent dialouge that He so sweetly shared with
with me under the sun while the wind whipped my face and the birds sang just for me..or i imagined they did

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so when i say thank YOU..all of YOU
and when nikki & i are putting our heart and soul in this
i know they are GIFTS from my Father and i am ever so humbly and with great AWE
opening them and for the first time

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i am learning to ENJOY them
and not torturing myself that it is all going to be stripped away
that maybe .. just maybe this time the other shoe WILL not drop

and even if it does i have peace that i am living WITHIN each day
receiving HIS GIFTS and treasuring them
and letting go and letting Him in..sharing the MINGLING of OUR STORIES

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::::GUESS where we are going in MAY?

sweet home ALABAMA – we have never been there so we are so PUMPED!  i want to dedicate a POST just for this in the coming week or so
cause my heart has so much to spill..

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this soul friend – unbeknownst to her has cupped my heart in such a way that only God could
have written this story.  i struggle with feeling so unworthy and frightened..like the little girl skin i feel so
comfortable in.  BIG GIRLS do this i told nikki yesterday.  i need balcony sisters.  sisters to encourage me
to help me grow.  i am a natural wallflower.  i wasn’t popular in school.  i am NOT a social butterfly but i long
to be seen..not by all.. by those that are for my person..does that make sense?  i never will be that girl..i don’t
want to be.  i do want to live in the arena..and i want to dare greatly.  i believe God brought us together and i
am left without words until i meet her and can squeeze her neck and listen to her heart..that is what attracts me to
people.  their heart.

we have been working on designs for just Perfectly Imperfect…ones you will only find there.  ever.
and new designs for our sign store which re-opens MARCH 26!  we will have some fun PROMO’s so
keep watching –  AND MOXIE….whew!

i so wish we could all meet for coffee and just encourage and hug on each other.

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:::::::::::::::::MOXIE is OPen for business.  click HERE for the SHOP

we opened with what we could but there is SO MUCH more to come!

we are doing CUSTOM shirt orders too so if you have a saying you want on a shirt…HOLLER at us
we have kinks to work out.  a logo to have made
LOTS more designs to put in and photograph
a FITNESS line coming in a few weeks that is FULL of COLOR…you will LOVE them i promise:)
a yO girL line that is adorable

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so be sure to go check the shop out…say HI to NIKKI…this is her baby.
know how many times you make me cry with your words and support. i feel like i am accepting an oscar…ha!
but there is no way that we would be here.. at this page in our story.. without YOU

may your MONDAY be filled with all the goodness of HIS love..may you know that you are KNOWN by HIM.
YOU are loved and worthy to be loved just as YOU are.  YOU are ENOUGH….xo

 

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