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My new sunny studio!

2018-09-21T15:41:38+00:00

Welcome to my new studio!

Can you tell that I have absolutely no idea how to pose myself?! Hahaha

After 6 years of working out of a small, dark office/studio space in the corner of my bedroom, I decided to act on a friend’s idea of turning a […]

My new sunny studio! 2018-09-21T15:41:38+00:00

Cinnamon’s brave escape from domestic violence, a guest post

2018-06-22T22:14:13+00:00

It is my privilege today to publish a guest post from a long-time online friend. I first “met” Cinnamon in the homeschooling, large family blog niche, where we both blogged almost 10 years ago now.

We have a lot in common… large families (she has 11, I have 12 children), we both homeschooled for many years, […]

Cinnamon’s brave escape from domestic violence, a guest post 2018-06-22T22:14:13+00:00

Sweeter on the Other Side – A Guest Post

2018-06-15T17:01:53+00:00

Today I am honored to publish a post written by a much respected friend. She has (understandably) requested to remain anonymous.

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“Life will be so much sweeter on the other side of your divorce,” my new friend assured me with great tenderness. She escaped an abusive marriage over 20 years ago and is […]

Sweeter on the Other Side – A Guest Post 2018-06-15T17:01:53+00:00

How to Manage Summertime Mom Guilt

2018-05-25T16:31:12+00:00

It’s that time of year again. Here in the US, kids are getting out of school for the summer. My newsfeed is filled with summertime bucket list posts.

Summertime can be hard

I’ll just say it: summertime can be hard and overwhelming.

I adore my children- all 12 of them (the 6 youngest are still living at home). […]

How to Manage Summertime Mom Guilt 2018-05-25T16:31:12+00:00

Photography, my Secret Survival Tool

2018-05-17T15:37:22+00:00

The screen door squeaked as I quietly slipped out back door from the kitchen of our old farmhouse, to the humid summer sunrise. I wiped tears from my eyes and tried to be quiet, hoping that my children would sleep just a few more minutes.

My Converses were already wet from the […]

Photography, my Secret Survival Tool 2018-05-17T15:37:22+00:00

Dear Mom, thank you

2018-05-12T08:44:40+00:00

Dear Mom,

Thank you.

Thank you for giving me the childhood that you never had.

I was safe, loved and supported.

Mom, Dad and me 1964 A 1964 photo of my mom, dad and me.

 

Mom and me at ocean Mom and I at the […]

Dear Mom, thank you 2018-05-12T08:44:40+00:00

What Self-Care Really is

2018-05-10T12:38:31+00:00

As a single mom of a large family, and as a person learning to live with and manage Complex PTSD, I’ll admit that I’ve laughed at some recent articles I’ve read about “self-care.”

I continue to be drawn to articles on self-care though, hoping to find some elusive answer which doesn’t involve candle-lit […]

What Self-Care Really is 2018-05-10T12:38:31+00:00

A Prayer for the Overwhelmed

2018-05-04T10:05:10+00:00

Dear Lord,

This past week has been overwhelmingly difficult.

Please remind me that You see me, that you grieve with me.

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I have been blindsided, in the worst of ways.

I’m so thankful that You are not overwhelmed by my situation, nor are You disappointed in my weakness.

You love me […]

A Prayer for the Overwhelmed 2018-05-04T10:05:10+00:00

10 Reasons to Write your Story

2018-04-27T13:17:09+00:00

In the past few weeks, since I began writing regularly on my blog again, I’ve had several readers contact me, expressing a desire to write and share their own stories.

Conversations with these sweet women encouraged me to think about why writing our stories is so powerful, and so needed, even if you don’t choose to […]

10 Reasons to Write your Story 2018-04-27T13:17:09+00:00

This is what it’s like to have Complex PTSD

2018-04-20T10:09:50+00:00

Heart pounding, I startle awake at 4 am. I am panic-stricken and consumed with terror.

My bedroom is quiet. There are no intruders, only my faithful furry friend Winston, slumbering quietly at my feet.

I wonder if I had screamed and scared any of my children.

For 5 minutes, then 10 minutes my heart continues to pound as […]

This is what it’s like to have Complex PTSD 2018-04-20T10:09:50+00:00

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.