So much to say. So much will wait.

December was crazy.
Slab leak, mold, holes in my house, weeks of round the clock mind numbingly noisy fans... 
Add in Christmas, New Years and two birthdays.
But we are here.  So far no critters have made their way through the gaping holes in the house, our insurance company is covering the damage, and it is weirdly warm lately, so if you need to have a mid winter slab leak, I suggest planning one in Southern California. 

What does one do when they are overwhelmed?
For me, I need to stop eating my feelings, fielding calls from insurance adjustors, restoration companies, asbestos testers, and think outside of myself.  Mainly because myself is rather complainy and dramatic right now.

My dear friend Lena is bravely walking fifty miles in two days again, to raise money for Acres of Love, a non-profit that provides Forever Homes to orphans in South Africa.
{Click here to hear her heart for the project.  Love her.}
While everything in me hoped to be walking with her this year, I had to drop out.
Until I can walk, I certainly can sit at my computer and make a few prints to help raise money for Lena to reach her $2,000 goal.
Prints that are available in her shop as instant downloads, and 100% of each purchase is donated to Acres of Love.
The Campfire album from Rend Collective Experiment has been playing constantly for the past month. In the car.  In the kitchen.  In my dreams as I sleep.  It is that good.
Lena asked for a print using words from this song.  Perhaps my favorite from the album.

So much truth in those words.
Please watch and listen and let the words encourage your weary heart.

I  am ever so thankful for my countless second chances.  Because I need them every day, every hour, every minute.
{Last year's print is still available as well.}
Visit Lena's shop And Be Glad In It here.
While you are there perhaps grab some other handmade goodness.
Pray for her as she continues training.
Pray for the children who will have a home and a family in part from your support.


  1. We love Rend Collective. So folky and fun. I found you a while back I think through your cheater baked ziti, yum, thanks. I've been checking back to see if you had any new posts. I look forward to reading more. I love your blog. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year! I sure have missed your posts! I am so sorry that you have a ton on your plate now! I read this in my bible time today and I hope it inspires you the same. Psalm 73:26 "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Hang in there...

  3. Oh goodness, I'm so sorry for your house woes. I personally know the terror of the constant floor drying fans. We once had them for weeks and it was AWFUL! Missed your post! I've been a quiet reader of your blog for years and missed your bright colors and sparkles :) Praying all will settle down and quiet and peace (well, the non fan kind of quiet----it really is tough!) will return to your home soon!

  4. Thank you for telling us about Lena. I'm headed to her shop right now!

  5. pretty printables! and i love the album - just had to download it. Sorry for your crazy December. ours too. and November, October, September ... I could keep going ;) and always happy to see your posts in my reader!

  6. So so good. A second chance is heaven's heart.
    Thanks friend. So needed.