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


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Patti - Those are great cookies!!! They LOOK yummy! The little cards are so sweet too! What a fun thing to do! I hope you have a fantastic, love filled Valentines day!!! =)

LLH Designs - So funny…I never wear high heels either! But if I did, those red ones would be it! I wore red patent flats yesterday…made me smile every time I looked down. :)

Big hugs to you today, sweet friend!

Amy Sullivan - T,
Did you hear that? It's me clapping for you! I am impressed. My Valentine's Day creation was breadsticks in the shape of hearts. . .ok, so not Martha, but the fam liked it!

Beautiful, girl.

Abby - awww….I love it and all of the high heels stuff is me too…oh my, something in me says 'no, no!' but I know my hubby would appreciate it too;)

and love the cookies…so sweet:):):)

Natalie at Mommy on - Yep, I'm with Amy – we bought a Papa Murphy's heart-shaped pizza…HA!

Love it all – the Valentines are my fave!

Love your heart, girl. Thinking of you much!

pachomp - I'm a heel wearer and I have some friendly pointers! I suggest you start with a pair of 3" heels. Colored ones (like red) make you feel prettier and more confident. Break them in by wearing them around your house while you cook or vacuum. If they still hurt, get some foot pedals (cushions). They work wonders! I hope this is the beginning to you braving 4" or 5" heels later. You will gain a whole new attitude. Good luck!!

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 ?


Anita - What an amazing thought by Victor Hugo! Wow….

Beth Stone - Les Miserables is full of so many good quotes. This one is excellent. Thanks for sharing!

Terri Smith - What A Lovely Quote! It Rang So True To Me This Morning! I'm Terri Smith. This Is My First Visit To Your Lovely Site. Joining You By Way Of Jennifer's Sneak Peek Friday. Nice Meeting A New Friend! Have A Wonderful Weekend ~

Erin @ It's Gra - This is so beautiful! By the way, I love your new header. Especially the cup on the far right.

jill - I will make way for the vision…earnestly.

Thank you for sharing God's word with us today.

blessings xo

Patti - Prayer is so powerful….yet not always the first thing we turn to. With prayer comes Grace, forgiveness, healing and mercy….such great gifts for such a simple gesture.

I love your header too….thank you for sharing your heart. =)

Kela - This is my very first time visiting here! I must say that even on the other side of the computer screen I sense peace here.

Stephanie Clayton - What a beautiful quote. I often find my soul on it's knees, just that sort of heaviness feeling. Of course I will join you in prayer for women in general, and prayers just for you too!

eileen - Great quote! Lis Miserable is one of my all time favorites!

sonyamacdesigns - amazed in HIS grace daily … thanks for shareN your thoughts and this shared vision with our FATHER.

Abby - How beautiful dear friend. I haven't posted yet about going to a conference to help search out and renew a sense of calling…it's called Synergy and I wish you could come:) But one of the pieces I sense for myself, is that desire to see women set free…free to be His and live this life as it is meant to be…full, alive, Glory! And this prayer and heart for women too that we share…you are beautiful, seriously gorgeous! love, me:)

Jennifer - What a wonderful post. I love that quote… "the soul is on it's knees". Powerful. I love the Colossians verse. I am so happy that you joined us this week. So nice to meet you! Your words are beautiful.

e-Mom - It's lovely to meet you. Thanks for leaving your "calling card" at Chrysalis today.

Blessings, e-Mom ღ

Valerie Weller - Stopping by from Sneak Peek Friday. Love the beauty and power of your words! "the soul is on its knees"- whoa! Colossians 1:6– double whoa! So nice to meet you- beautiful blog.

Cindy - That quote by Victor Hugo is powerful…I can "see" it in a piece of art work soon!

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


Abby - oh, yes, let's make house cleaning extraordinary, i tell you mama's can change the world, their own littles, and together, well, all of it…

i'm sorry i didn't get to do 'a day in the life'…i wanted to, other stuff…it was a really fun day (yesterday) full of a 'safari' where these precious four that my neighbor and i turn from mommies to teachers to let imagination run, then monkey bread to celebrate, and tired after this, low patience, NAP for everyone, except maybe Susie had a party in her crib, then all of my 'Loving Well' journaling in one day (oops) and quiet house as hubby took kids to a basketball game…then small group to hear Beth bring it strong on loving the far, so good for my heart, and these women I love them! and I will miss them! And, come back watch one of my two shows, Chuck, on hulu, and fold laundry which i'd begun the process by yelling and throwing it at dh b/c it'd been in the basket a week…not upset at him, just myself, and he gave grace and said, 'i just want to help and watch chuck with you'…oh my, well, bed late, night owl and that's it…xoxo

Bobbi - Okay, I took my kiddos to an allergist appt (for Lubby) and the room was full of sunlight (granted it's about 4 degrees outside) but the room was glorious…and I told the kids about GOD BEING THE LIGHT…right there in the examining room…it was a MOMENT! It's dorky…but I figured I could share it with you and you'd "get" it! HA!

eileen - Beautiful post. The light makes even the things in our life that seem routine or ordinary…extraordinary. We are His!!

Erin@It's Grace - Tiffini, this was absolutely lovely. I love light, and I love that when reading your post as I was thinking about light I felt the Holy Spirit fill me with the light. Thanks for linking up today, friend! And thanks also for your sweet comment. :)

Jen Ferguson - Today, I read in my Real Simple magazine that if you declutter the front of the fridge, it can almost act like another window — the whiteness reflecting the light in the room. Just funny — you can find light anywhere.

Tara - LOVE your new blog design… did great!

I think it's hilarious that I'm in the DECOR section of your blogroll. hilarious. funny when someone sees something in you that you don't see.

I would have sworn that I'd land in a section called
"the wordy ones"……
:) happy weekend, friend….always praying for you…mean it.

kristin - Such a beautiful post! I love light!
If it's dark in the house I open the windows, every morning I open up the shades upstairs, it puts a smile on my face!

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


eileen - Oh boy. I've done the "sick happy dance" before. It's sometimes nice to be forced to slow down! Great post :)

Michelle - Even though it was because of being sick, those days of doing nothing are few and far between and should be embraced. I'm glad that you embraced the day of rest you were given. What blessing.

Jen Ferguson - You know — my oldest has been on winter break for 3 days (Monday-Wednesday) and both youngest and oldest will have school on Thursday. I have a meeting at 12:30, but I am seriously tempted to take from 9:30-12:30 OFF and have some me time. I've been working in overdrive trying to work and write and be mom and clean my house and now I am simply tired. You have encouraged me to take, if not a sick day, a mental health day.

Kim - I've done the snow day happy dance a few times lately. So exciting to have found time. But I don't appreciate, luxuriate and just rest in it, and you inspire me to rethink that!

Christy - I am had a sick day on Tuesday too. It was no fun. But I am glad you enjoyed a day to slow down. Hope you are feeling better soon! I enjoyed linking up today!

Cha Cha - Perfect, I love that you embrace what life offers. Hope you feel better soon. I hope to have something to link later today, I need to get pictures. Thank you for this beautiful idea.

God Bless,
Cha Cha

Anonymous - Thanks for the link up! Oh, so sorry you aren't feeling well. Hope you are feeling better after your "quiet sick day!"

Stephanie Clayton - Tiffini! I so wanted to link up, but didn't get anything written :( However, I soooooooooo hope you are feeling better. We had 6 inches of snow last night, so we are having a snow day! Yay! Put a turkey breast in the crock pot, now getting ready to go build a snow man! Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy for snow day!

jill - It was a pleasure to visit your beautiful blog. Thank you for inviting me. I hope you feel better!

Blessings xo

Kate - Thanks for hosting! I didn't get to spend as much time as I would've liked this morning and sorry I am just now getting around to posting, but it was nice to reflect.
Always, Kate

MorningT - So, so sorry you're sick!!

A day in my life has been too hectic this week so I wasn't able to pull anything together to join in, but thank you for including me. I'm off to check out what everyone else's life looks like.

Love this series Tiffini!

Big hugs to you~


tia - Sorry so late, but I'm linked up!!

ME | Messed & Blessed - […] and Tiffani at the House of Belonging for Word Women Wednesday, […]

My Yesterday…A Day in the Life | Tru Original - […] am linking up today with an amazing lady named Tiffini. Her blog is beautiful and her heart is beautiful. Tiff invited me to participate over the weekend […]

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


Jen Ferguson - This is an amazing post, Tiffini. Utter proof that you have not let go of Him and that He certainly has a firm grip on you.

And you, dear one, shall be blessed. Your mourning will turn to dancing. You will be clothed with joy.

Erin @ It's Gra - Tiffini, He will clothe you…

Tabetha Perez - So glad I was able to read this, I'm so encouraged by the outpour of your heart and soul. Thanks so much for linking up with soli deo gloria this week, and for stopping by my blog.

Andrea - "I believe there is a step farther past just settling…just being reconciled to the fact that there isn’t something more.."

That's me today. Having a hard time believing there is something beyond settling and giving up. Knowing that a Jacob wrestle needs to happen, for me. For my walk.

Walking here with you today.

Laura - "Are you willing to step a little further than you have before?" That's my question. I need to trust. I need to lay my expectations on the altar.

Thanks for this thought-provoking post.

Amy Sullivan - T,

You had me at your first sentence. That is me. I don't like it, but that is me. I may just quote you on that one.

I love your picture. Is that your home?

Abby - You are truly beautiful Tiffini. I appreciate your heart and vulnerability and this speaks powerfully.

Also, I think you've begun 1000 gifts? There is a beautiful weaving of this story in Jacob (a later chapter)…I am praying for the blessing in this…

thank you for your love and friendship and this gift.

Glenda Childers - I would love to hear more about the wrestling. What does this look like for you?

Your words are beautiful and moving and draw me to God.



Christy - Your words are beautifully poetic about something that at times is hard. I need to read this today Tiffani….to know sometimes I am not alone. Thanks for being so authentic and showing us your amazing heart!

tkilgore - I haven't been able to read it yet…I can't seem to find the courage…not sure why?? I have a feeling I will be undone