creating a vision board for #becomingme..will you join along?

have you ever watched the meg ryan movie ” the women?”  if not carve out some time on a rainy summer night.

i see me becoming this #theartoflivingcourageously at  use the hashtag #becomingme to share your vision board!

grace and i have watched it twice now and she has mentioned to me both times that meg ryan’s character reminds her of me…really?  hmmm….i want to dig deeper into that! View full post »


Rachel - Tiff, I love this idea! I haven’t seen that movie yet, but will defiantly carve out some time. Thanks for sharing the idea.

heather - Oh I love you I love you Tiff. Every time you open your mouth you speak things that pierce my heart. And I want you to know I don’t say that to try to be over-the-top-flattering…it’s just how i feel. I’m going to watch the movie tonight…never seen it. But sounds like i need to. And I love your insta gram idea too. mwah…heather

lissa - okay so I LOVE this! I GET this!!! I’m doing the very same thing!!

barbara n - My sister has us do this every year this years board was pretty simple and all about me hee hee but as they say if you dont put the oxygen mask on first you can’t help anybody else. Love you, I just may start a Pinterest board.

our ‘first’ home tour – look how far we’ve come

good morning ya’ll!  so happy you stopped in.  i have been smiling all morning thinking of you..really!

my love for Jesus has become equally matched with my love for what i call re-building our first home on reclaimed land!
for more on the backstory you can read here and here and here.

remember this home tour?
before we move forward with our exodus home i wanted to reminisce the home where our story began to take a new turn.
the 19th move i knew God wanted me to surrender too.

i didn’t want to go there because i knew i would have to co-exist with old memories.

i wanted to go because i told God to lead me on the road to Somewhere
and block any road to Nowhere and that i didn’t want to go anywhere that He didn’t go with me.

i was being schooled in trust.  it was hard.  i am thankful for those 2 1/2 years.

would you join me on my first home tour over at heathers Home Made Lovely tour?

Welcome to Home Made Lovely, an inspiring home tour series.

our home tour

knock knock..panic rises to my throat and i run to see who it is..if i am going to answer the door..or when people come we hide .. don’t answer the door the house is a mess! when june cleaver was the norm unannounced guests were treated differently. they were welcomed with freshly baked muffins and coffee. not so much anymore. these days you will find me answering the door in no makeup paint clothes and a messy bun..excuse me while i take the paint brush

WELCOME to our little home…come on IN

our home tour

i’m Tiffini from The House of Belonging and am seriously humbled that heather asked us to share our home. heather – you have been an instrument in the hands of God i kid you not. it was the kick in the pants we needed to start putting the house together. we have been collecting stuff for months. so thank you friend.

keepin it real girls – if you came on any given day right now my house would be a HOT mess! we have been re-creating re-doing re-modeling…just RE-ing since we moved in one year and four months ago. you can read more about how it all started here and let’s just throw one more iron in the fire and run a home business of which takes the majority of my day with little time for cleaning house or making dinner. And i fall into bed with what i wore that day..


so when at 45 i am creating my first least on the inside. i have never owned a home yet. one day i hope too but for now..this is good practice..and my new mantra is

PRACTICE doesn’t make PERFECT – PRACTICE makes change

..this came to me the other day driving.

i don’t know if i am restoring this home or it is restoring me. i am finding more and more of myself here and as i do feeling more and more of a belonging.


so here are some peeks at the rooms we are currently working in



we are blessed to have my mom use Grace’s room to style new curtains for her shop. i implored her help on some fabric i’ve had for 6 months. i told her what i envisioned and she sewed this sweet pair of curtains and added yellow pom’s for texture and color.

grace styles her room all by herself for the most part. we painted yellow stripes on the floor because eventually we are going to buy new carpet and why not have some fun in the wait? it gets quite cold in the girls rooms because it is a converted garage and they didn’t insulate it!! she has a portable heater she uses at night and i swear 5 blankets! she hung curtains in place of her closet door we removed.


we got this fun dresser down at RE where we had our shop before moving the business to our home.


13 year olds spend LOTS of time here. in front of the mirror. she put this little Target desk together all by herself after we all had a meltdown brother included until my son in law came and saved the day. she hung paper lanterns and a little chandelier above her desk and the little collage wall she did. i am happy to see her owning her area by creating her heart in there as well



her little nightstand. she keeps her journal & Jesus Calling there. Jesus Calling is a must have for every person!!

house of belonging

champ. her bear we bought her when she was in competitive gymnastics. for 5 years 30 plus hours of her week was spent at the gym. half days of school and then gym until 8-9pm. can’t believe we..she did that. she still sleeps with him.


our home tour.  red checked buffalo curtains

still have the UGLY chairs..but lots of pretty new pillows. a few we got from Target’s Threshold line and two my mom sewed for us…one from some scrap fabric and another from an old tablecloth that i got at a thrift store. i find JOY in re-purposing don’t YOU?

our home tour.  sweet picture garland

LOOK at the sweet little bunting that grace surprised me with. she hung old pictures from twine with clothespins and when she ran out of those she used paper clips…i only have a handful of pictures of me when i was younger with my grandma and she hung those plus the all of my 5 kids…i cried. it was so sweetly perfect in every way. i am keeping it on the mantle for the spring. it makes my heart happy. it is what matters.

our home tour.  old feed bin as a coffee table

our home tour.  sweet clothespin picture banner and chalkboard fireplace

over christmas we planked either side of the fireplace and covered the mantle with a piece of trim. i want to redo the whole fireplace but what a difference a little paint makes..and some planking right? it is the little things..

our home tour.  chalkboard fireplace.  we wrote "you belong here" because i want everyone in our home to really know matter what!!


our home tour.  dining shelves made from wood planks and brackets

we added some wood shelving to hold collections ..

our home tour.  painted wal-mart barstools

nikki and i fell in love with some bar stools at world market. to expensive at the time. at wal-mart they have these little stools for 25 dollars. we bought one..just one to see if we liked it. we did so then we proceeded to paint it..not sure whether to paint all the same color or each a different so we bought one can of green spray paint. primed it and then painted..and fell in LOVE. now we are going back to buy two more stools and paint them both GREEN.

our home tour.  dinning room.  buffalo check curtains!  doily bunting

our home tour.  kitchen where we hung our 9" x 48" hallelujah sign from our shop.

i wanted a little window cover in the kitchen and picked up some flour sack towels and some cute fabric and yes….pom poms everything is cuter with pom poms..amen. and asked mom if she could whip me something up…and she did!

our home tour.  dining room

our home tour.  dining room

our home tour.  dining room.  world market sign.  red checked buffalo curtains!


our home tour.  kitchen.  we made little cafe curtains out of flour sack towels and scrap fabric

our home tour.  our kitchen


our home tour.  living room.  our eclectic collage wall

THIS is what i am excited about the most! our collage wall – i have wanted one for like EVER! LOVE from so many of my friends…and still more we’ve ordered and has not come yet… standing here looking at it i just SMILE BIG we built the x-console from ana white’s plans and painted it yellow. i have yet to distress it… we bought two UGLY lamps and spray painted them white and got two shades from Home Goods and wow!!

and i FOUND A MAP!! every home i am in love with has a map and i wanted one SO BAD!! i am happy happy happy

our home tour.  one of my favorite "words" from brene brown.  we printed it and framed it so we could see it everyday

did anyone watch Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday with Brene Brown? Chrissie told me about it and nikki and i watched it a loved it all..we cried when she read this. i printed and framed it..seriously! i am finishing up her book too…

our home tour.  dining room bookshelf we made off of ana white

our home tour.  we had the kids pictures printed off on paper at staples and i build frames for each of them

we planked this wall and added a little ledge and hung pictures of the kids that we had printed at staples i built frames for the pictures by following handmade homes ebook:))))

our home tour.  we created a little wreath from jeruselum greer

wreath inspired by my sweet friend Jeruselum’s new book The Handmade Year .. a MUST read



very small spare room turned baby grands room for when they stay:) painted it .. RH glacier – added some yellow stripes to an UGLY popcorn ceiling and some playful curtains then comes lighting and decor…maybe a built in of some sort. lots and lots of happy and FUN for sure


planked one wall ( we lurve planking ) and painted. i think we are going to stain it and then hang sconces on either side – a cool light fixture ..some industrial touches..there is that technical word;) we are sketching ideas for his big tv and we are working on turning his small closet into a desk area for studying gaming. he goes off to college next year. he is a senior he graduates in may fourth one down…ONE to go



i am just doing what feels good to me. being inspired by all things and if i don’t like it i can change it. at the end of the day me and the kids live here. we are what matters.

i am carried by so much of YOUR encouragement and love.

there has been a shifting in my heart from SOMEDAY to ACTION by taking baby steps NOW! call it mid life whatever but time is so much more precious. urgent. that if i don’t start making changes that i long to see NOW the story will never be written and the dream won’t be realized.

thank you for stopping by our first ever home tour….
Have a lovely day!


N.N. - the thing i love most about your home is how happy it makes YOU! all the colors are so well put together, they make me happy too.
thanks for sharing your home.

KristiYaYa - Looks just like you sprinkled charm all over the place!!! I love it!!!!!

chasity - so bright and cheerful and LOVELY lovely LOVELY!

Meet Tiffini from House of Belonging... - Jennifer Rizzo - […] You can see her home tour here and all of her cozy goodness […]

Stacey - I love it! Your home looks happy and smiley! Love all the colors.

Karen @ a house full of sunshine - Beautiful home tour!! So warm and welcoming!

Julie Norkus - I love your passion for Christ as well as your home!!!!

LISSA - Oh tiff! what happy pictures!! Love the colors and whimsey! Love your style so much! You have creativity flowing through your entire being!

Linsey @ Bravehearted Beauty - I see such joy and delight expressed in your home. A rejoicing that is uniquely yours. Xo

Jessica - I love all of this! What fun and joyous colors! Thank you for sharing.

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day 7/30 : the wilderness memoirs – wilderness is the birthplace of our dreams

i recently came to a fork on my life-map
the choice i made felt contrary but i proceeded after remembering to feel the fear and do it anyway
risking God’s reputation..


i am so far out here  it feels agonizingly scary..i wonder am i making a mistake..did i hear wrong…what if i fail..or make a mistake? or go back to the crazy?
if i open up to trust will i be hurt again? being vulnerable is risky…but without it you can’t love or be loved or LIVE!  and i want to LIVE!!  don’t you?

but you know what?
i am choosing to do my life afraid..taking risks..again and again..not letting the “what if’s” keep me from trying

but if i’m honest i want risk..i want to risk it all on God to do what only He can!  maybe i don’t do that enough..or ever
i am learning when i am having to trust and it isn’t something i can fix in my own strength that it feels crazy and wrong and very uncomfortable
when i try to do it in my own strength i end up retreating with my tail between  my legs
bemoaning the fact that it must not be meant for me to live my dreams

what is so beyond exciting for me is that all things are possible with God and the possibility
that all of this devastation is the VERY THING God is using to heal me!
as i map out this trek across my life i am wondering if our dreams are what save us?

that maybe all the heartbreak and all hard places and upside downs are all a part of what crushes us to death only to
to birth us in the crucible of the wilderness–being ground down so fine so that the very essence of us is pressed out

the crucible of the wilderness might be part of the key to our wholeness..our healing

the wilderness crucible is pressing out the very essence of my God given story that will be glory giving and life-saving...into wholeness
it is the very thing that saves us

ALL the hard places of our life would be the birthplace..the incubator of our dreams…wow!!

this gives me hope to move forward and i pray it does you too!
let’s encourage one another to keep risking and see where God leads
what if i take the risks and travel the miles and what i have longed for all of these years comes to life
not only alive but way bigger and better than i ever dreamed possible…and if it fails at least i was brave and tried
and grown-up into a stronger more courageous woman who isn’t afraid to choose faith over fear

maybe i can have both..maybe i don’t have to choose
maybe i can move forward and it will all become clearer on up ahead

i know it has to begin with me..always us first..not them

are you willing to risk it all…to be all in?
to feel the fears that scare you the most–to surrender to them–to let go of control
because you think you know better than Me?
on up ahead and around the bend is working on that deep shard that is staked right in your heart
unforgiveness and vengeance…you know the place
to not forget but to let it allow me to re-build in a brand new place .. YOU..on your reclaimed ground

it is going to be one of the hardest things you’ve faced yet
are you ready to let go of that weight you’ve been hauling around in secret?
are you ready to have all that energy you’ve been using to keep that wound raw to spend on
your dreams?
are you ready to step out of the shadows and into your God-giving story that will be GLORY-GIVING


maybe it is LOVE that pursues us that mends and heals…


jamie - Beautiful! Love your openness to be poured out. Take us deeper, Lord.

Tara - I look forward to each post and find God in every one of them!! ThNk you so much for sharing these beautiful, honest & encouraging words :)

day 5/30 : the wilderness memoirs – burning off the clutter

you fight fire with fire
and the people who have fire in their bones
are called to fight the fires of this world


this is a journal entry from this week…more from where i am right now in my story..image from my uber talented friend lissa...xo


similarly, we must use directed effort to control misdirected effort
if your consumed by busyness at the expense of real business, perhaps
i should set a new and different kind of fire

when i burn off the clutter of busyness and leave time to think and study, you may get less done
but the things you do  will be far more productive and ultimately more organic to what i’m
passionate about accomplishing
–t.d. jakes

the fringe benefit to burning off the brush is a much clearer view of the terrain ahead

no one can get beyond their sight lines.  and when cluttered with obstructions, our vision
will always be impaired!

again…i question..and i wrote

“where do i need to clear a path so that i have room to maneuver toward my ultimate destination?

and then i asked God to show me what needs to be burned off first

later on in my “busy” day ha! while perusing pinterest… ( unnecessary busyness i’m sure;) i ran across this post that the nester
has pinned!!!  i immediately clicked in and devoured it .. it made SO much sense!!  yes!!

God showed me a breadcrumb!!!

BINGO!  answer number uno!!  practice reminder !!  it begins with head knowledge but i must put it into practice in my everyday life to make change

prACTice doesn’t make perfect…prACTice makes change right?  right:)

i am by NO MEANS an expert and i feel so busy..even in my head..i LONG for the days when my first three
were little.  when being a momma was simpler.  no social media.  no blogs.  no smart phones.

so much more free time.  what did we do to ourselves?  ugh…anyway

so i am taking this “burning off the clutter” seriously.  even in our business
especially in our business!

honestly?  this is so super applicable to any stage of life in whatever circumstances you in..don’t you think?

that is enough for one day.  i will share what i’m learning and practicing as i go so hang in there with me:)  love  you!!

my daily practice

be on the lookout for unnecessary clutter and how to subdue the ground i live on
and take back my time

with love from,

this girl is on fire…..(wink)


Sarita - Great post fire girl! One thing I HADB to do was unsub from blogs! I wad spending so much time looking at other peoples lives…it was crazy…I also limit myself on Pinterest…I do love email though!

Suzanne - Funny how God often leads
us to just the right words we
need to hear. Due to techno
issues, I haven’t been able to
visit blogs on a regular basis
for a while now. As I sit here
in a little coffee shop with wifi
and tea, I know that TODAY
was the day I was meant to
read this very post. I also chafe
at the constant pull of social
media and struggle to find a way
to coexist with it, peacefully….

Love the shots of your sweet
home. A reflection of sweet

xo Suzanne