December 19, 2014

Sometimes I Miss it…

Spring Tulips

Sometimes I am in such a rush, that I miss out on those simple moments. The moments of beauty. The moments of silence. The moments of grace. My first Spring flowers just bloomed: two beautiful tulips. The problem? They were […]

My Imaginary Conversation: a Sunday Moment


Last week, I shared some pictures and a video about the “new to me” spring outfits I purchased at a yard sale and thrift stores. I sat outside on my porch, nervously hit the “record” button and welcomed my readers […]

When God’s Voice Sounds a lot like Twila Paris


“Honey, go home. You haven’t slept more than a few hours in five days. I’ll stay with him. Surgery is scheduled for 8 am. You need to sleep when you can,” murmured my husband. Tipping the newborn scales at 10.5 […]

I’ve Never Been Told That Before


Clutching the crisp, white note, I held my 20 year old breath as I reread the words scribbled on the stationary by the Director of Admissions at my university. “Jennifer, Thank you for your servant leadership this year on our […]

The Advent Jesse Tree: Jesse Tree Ornament Ideas

The Advent Jesse Tree @beautyandbedlam

Traditions play a role in our family’s tapestry in dynamic dimensions. As a traditions consultant for many years, I can share traditions for every holiday and celebration that you can think of, and most likely, many that would never cross […]

Dear Me: a Letter to My Teenage Self


Dear Teenage Self Me, In one week, you will turn 16. I just love that you are so full of  life, and innocent enough to believe that this magical birthday will suddenly allow life to explode with possibilities. I know, […]

When I Say “I Do” (Jen Sharing)

Jen singing at wedding

Last month, my niece and a wonderful young man stood before the Lord and declared, “I do.” I’ve had  the privilege of singing at many weddings over the years, but when it’s someone who is like a daughter to me, […]

Love Them Well

Love them Well

“We’re praying for this next chapter,” I heard the greeter mention to someone as they walked out of the sanctuary. I glanced up to see who she was addressing, and my sweet friends came into view. “Chapter, what chapter,” I […]

Beautiful One (Sunday Moment)

sunday worship

We started out our worship package last week with the song, “Your Grace is Enough.” Based on the verse found in 2 Corinthians 12:9. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made […]

I’m Weird, Are You? (A Sunday Moment)

I'm crazy

Our twelve year old rolled her eyes at me as I descended down the stair case on the way to my self imposed “Tacky Day.” “You’re weird, Mom.” I guess in that moment I had delusions of grandeur, and that […]

He is Risen Indeed!


Do you know Him? Do you know my King? He paid my debt; He gave His life for me, but the grave couldn’t hold Him, and because of this, I am FREE. This greatest sacrifice. This unfathomable gift. Hallelujah, He […]

Embrace the Hair Challenge: Be Inspired – Bald is Beautiful

heather hat

It’s been fun sharing some creative hair inspiration, and considering I am only about 1/3 of the way through my 30 days of posting ideas, it will definitely continue. What I am sharing today is the most important Hair Challenge […]

My Real Family Christmas Letter


In the next few weeks, Christmas cards and letters from friends far and near will descend on our mailbox. Memories will resurface from a lifetime ago. Unfamiliar faces will appear in pictures, as marriages have dissolved and new covenants established. […]

My New “To-Do” List


Thanksgiving is upon us, so I’ve made my list, and am checking it twice:  Mashed Potatoes (the Make Ahead recipe),  Cider Baked Turkey (purchase the juice), Butterhorn Rolls (for Gratitude Rolls),  Pumpkin Bars, and I must remember to cut out […]

It’s a Relationship


I’m stepping out of my typical frugal living, saving money, family manager tips and ideas “hat” to continue a series I have been sharing this summer. Honored, Humbled, Humiliated, Frustrated, Loved, Worried, Overwhelmed, Incapable… In this 4th of five posts […]