A Royal Calling

September 17th, 2018

At the beginning of 2018, I thoughtfully chose my new word for the new year – something I like to do every time January rolls around. I picked a word that I believed would challenge my faith and trust in …

Build the Bonds of Close Connection

August 24th, 2018

Have you ever gone through times when you have felt lonely? A little disconnected from everyone? Perhaps you wished you could call a friend but there was not a single soul you felt like you could share your heart with. …

Rested, Refreshed, and Ready to Serve

August 6th, 2018

Running through the sprinklers, swimming with friends at the community pool, church camp, Mom’s homemade popsicles, shucking corn and snapping beans from the garden with Dad, juicy watermelon, slip and slides, and at least one good, long road trip. Ahhh…the …

Designed to be Creative

July 16th, 2018

Do you have a favorite color? We all seem to have personal reactions to different colors as they stimulate our brains in very specific ways. My favorite has been orange for as long as I can remember. It brightens my …

Pack Lightly…It’s a Short Trip!

July 9th, 2018

Every year, my husband Michael and I make it a priority to take a vacation far away from home for at least a week. I look so forward to getting away from all the stresses of life, having time to …

An Unblemished Entrance into Eternity

June 26th, 2018

A few days ago, summer officially began. The temperatures are already heating up into the triple digits here in Dallas and it is only June! With the warmer weather, however, it is my favorite time of year to wear my …

God’s Gracious Gift of Eternal Security

June 19th, 2018

Heaven…it was all I could think about after my mother passed away in March of 2012. Being as close as a mother and daughter could possibly be, separation from her here on earth was incredibly painful for me.  I had …

A Hope that Soars

May 21st, 2018

Have you ever stared up at the sky and watched with wonder how birds effortlessly soar through the air? They seem so peaceful as they freely allow their wings to carry them up high above the earth below.  A bird’s …

Deeply Rooted in Christ

May 7th, 2018

Spring has sprung! I love this time of year when everything seems to be alive with vibrant color and energy. Baby birds are chirping loudly, squirrels are out of hibernation playfully chasing each other up and down the trees, green …

The Power of Words 

April 6th, 2018

Words. We use them every day to communicate. People have always thought women speak many more words than men, but surprisingly, the latest research has found that men and women use approximately the same number of words a day! A …

The Ticking Treasure of Time

March 13th, 2018

Today is March 13th, a date I will always remember with extreme sadness and heartache. Six years have now come and gone since that day I had to say goodbye to my beautiful mother after losing her battle with breast …

Kindle the Fire of Enthusiasm

February 6th, 2018

It is definitely winter. The temperature has been dropping rapidly from one day to the next, leaving an unfriendly, bone-chilling bite in the air. The trees have lost all of their leaves, the skies are gray and dreary, and there …

Rock Solid Stability 

December 11th, 2017

The holiday season is always a great excuse for me and my husband, Michael to get away on the road for a nice break from our busy, routine schedules. We often choose the Hill Country in Texas as our destination …

Lasting Joy through God’s Grace

November 20th, 2017

It was one of those perfect weekends to do a little hunting for vintage jewelry to repurpose. It has become such a fun hobby for me over the years, as well as a part-time business, so I like to keep …

Your Uniqueness, God’s Gift  

October 16th, 2017

I was born an October baby. I love the season in which I was born, but I cannot say I feel the same way about my birthstone, the opal. Although opal comes in a variety of colors, I had only …

Shaped through Friction for Victory

September 25th, 2017

It was the year, 1939. The Great Depression was ending and fashion magazines were beginning to be printed in color, giving clothing and jewelry a bright, cheerful look. This greatly helped to boost morale during these troublesome times. Hollywood actresses …

Perfect Vision through the Light of the World

August 18th, 2017

It was an East Dallas home tour weekend with several charming mid-century moderns on the list. My husband and I registered early and cleared our schedules to be able to go. Since we recently bought an updated home built in …

Pearly White in God’s Sight

June 19th, 2017

Several months ago, I was out browsing at an antique shop and came across the most beautiful princess (collarbone) length strand of pearls. When I noticed the intricately decorated clasp, I instantly recognized the designer. It was Miriam Haskell. During the …

Stamped with the Maker’s Mark

June 11th, 2017

Back in 2009, after a fun family antiquing excursion in Nashville, I began collecting vintage costume jewelry to repurpose into adjustable rings. I had no idea how quickly it would turn into a side business for me. I soon had …

A Reflection of God’s Glory

May 6th, 2017

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn and face the strange Ch-ch-changes… Those were a few lines of the chorus lyrics of our theme song for my jr. high graduation ceremony. Many changes were already behind me but oh, so many more lie ahead on …

Igniting Your Passion for God

April 6th, 2017

The color red makes a very bold statement whether you are dressing in it from head to toe or simply adding a red accessory as a pop of color to your outfit. Over the past few years of antiquing for …

Season with Grace as Salt of the Earth

March 20th, 2017

A few months ago, my mother-in-law was in town over the holidays for a visit to Dallas. She loves shopping on Main Street of quaint little towns in Texas as much as I do. So this visit, my husband and …

Lessons for Life – A Gift from My Mother’s Heart

March 13th, 2017

A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine who is a single mother, asked if I would sit down with her one day and share everything my mother taught me that influenced and shaped my life. In reality, that …

Banish Boredom with Your Unique Gifts

February 20th, 2017

“I’m feeling a bit bored lately.” I had just overheard the lady in front of me talking to the cashier at the checkout counter in the grocery store. I wish it would have been an appropriate time to ask her …

The Wide, Long, High, and Deep of Agape Love

February 6th, 2017

February, known as the month of love, has its own special day for celebration which we call Valentine’s Day. It became associated with romantic love during the 14th century when it was all about courtly love, emphasizing knightly chivalry. During …

Planting Seeds that Nurture Deep Friendships

January 23rd, 2017

“Would you like to meet me for coffee this week?” I cannot tell you how much it means to me to hear those words from a friend. To be offered someone’s precious time, along with the authentic desire for us …

Living in Light of Eternity

January 6th, 2017

I woke up New Year’s Day to a dreary, misty morning. Not exactly what I wanted to wake up to the first day of 2017. As the mist cleared, however, it did not look much better as I stared out …

Still More

December 22nd, 2016

It was the middle of November and the holiday season was rapidly approaching. I mentally began going through my closet, thinking about what I was going to wear for all of the upcoming parties. Half the excitement of dressing up for …

Sharpen to Shine

November 28th, 2016

In my many years of shopping for vintage costume jewelry, it seems I have been able to find the look-alike of nearly every gemstone imaginable in a fabulous 1950s setting. And November’s birthstone, citrine, is no exception. I came across …

Lasting Happiness

November 19th, 2016

It was a Saturday morning. The sun was shining brightly and I woke up in the mood to create something new and exciting. Something out of beads as I really enjoy designing jewelry. I was made to be creative and …

Peridot in Paradise

August 16th, 2016

Throughout my life, even as an adult, I could never have imagined a time when I would be unable to call my mother anytime I needed to talk, ask for advice, or simply hear her voice. We spoke to each …

Our Story, His Masterpiece

August 3rd, 2016

Purple, turquoise, blue, green, and pink…these are a few of the favorite colors of the women at Exodus, a ministry that “empowers formerly incarcerated mothers and their children to achieve a productive and fulfilling life through Jesus Christ.” That is their mission …

The Wealth of Wisdom

July 25th, 2016

One of my favorite weekend activities is to check out the local antique shows nearby in the Dallas area. I can usually find at least one really good show each month that delivers a fabulous treasure hunt for me which consists …

Delight in the Details

July 14th, 2016

It is a blissfully cool morning in July. My sister, Heidi, and I are spending a long weekend at our own private writing retreat just outside of Nashville at a rural paradise called Evergreen Farms. We are staying in a …

More Precious than Pearls

June 15th, 2016

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696), a French philosopher and moralist, once said, “The rarest things in the world, next to a spirit of discernment, are diamonds and pearls.” When I first read this quote I understood the rarity of having a …

Green: God’s Color for Rest and Renewal 

May 30th, 2016

Imagine living in a world without color. How incredibly dull and dreary that would be! Thankfully, we have a Creator with an amazing imagination who gave us COLOR everywhere we look. Research has shown that color can affect the mind, …

A Masterpiece of Grace 

May 16th, 2016

There is something very special about a particular type of vintage costume jewelry I like to collect called micro mosaics. From far away, one of these can look like a small and solid colorful piece of art. But once you …

Kingdom-Focused Clarity

April 12th, 2016

Vintage costume jewelry created with dazzling clear rhinestones that brilliantly reflect the light is nearly impossible for me to pass up when I happen to come across any of it on display at antique shops and shows. I have repurposed …

A Time to Mourn

March 28th, 2016

Have you ever lost someone you dearly loved? If so, you know exactly what grief is all about. And if you haven’t, that day will most likely come at some point in your life. After losing my precious mother to …

Because of Her Love

March 13th, 2016

It has been four years now since my mother went to be with Jesus in heaven. I could have never imagined my life without her here on earth. We were as close as a mother and daughter could possibly be. …

How Strong are Your Prongs?

February 29th, 2016

Prong settings have been used in jewelry making for mounting and securing stones for years. One favored prong setting you may have heard of is the “Tiffany setting.” It is a trademarked design for engagement rings which was created by …

Live Like a Royal

February 15th, 2016

February’s traditional birthstone is the beautiful gemstone, amethyst, a violet variety of the mineral, quartz. When manganese is present in clear quartz, it produces amethyst. Its hue of purple, ranging from a pale lilac to a deep violet, is attributed to the …

Sparkle From the Inside Out

February 1st, 2016

I love the hunt for sparkly, vintage costume jewelry that I can use to repurpose into wearable pieces for today. To me, the more sparkly, the better. Some of the pieces I find are incredibly beautiful but may have a …

The Old is Gone, the New has Come! 

January 18th, 2016

If you happen to have a birthday in January, you may already know that your birthstone is the beautiful, deep red garnet. The name garnet comes from the Latin word, garanatus, meaning “seed-like” in reference to a pomegranate. Small garnets …

Less Dust, More Sparkle

January 1st, 2016

It’s the beginning of a new year. For some of you, it may feel like you are starting a new chapter in your life. Perhaps you are starting all over with a past goal you had made for yourself that …