The heat of summer wraps around me like a blanket. I’d much rather overheat and faint than feel my muscles clench and bones rattle in the freezing cold. I’d rather endure sunburns than numb fingers and toes. Summer is my comfortable place. The kids are home to help around the house. Food is easily prepared on the grill. I allow myself to sit in the sunlight listening or reading books for hours on end to keep my mind busy. It... Read more

Morning Sickness vs Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Do you know the difference?

For women with HG, working can become impossible. The nausea and vomiting greatly interfere with the ability to perform expected tasks. There’s often a need to get extra help to care for children. In some severe cases, a woman may even need assistance with basic hygiene help. It isn’t uncommon for HG families to need to hire help or even move in with family, for round the clock support….(read more) The above quote is linked to the best article I’ve... Read more


I overshare. I freely admit it. The pros to oversharing are that you are able to encourage others in your vulnerability. The con is that a lot of people assume the worst of you when they don’t understand what you are saying. It is a human condition and the Bible addresses it in Philippians 2:3-4. I’ve told my story for years, shared my hardships and my triumphs in Christ. I’m so thankful for those I was able to help encourage... Read more

The Gift of Depression

  Truth be told, I haven’t been doing well. Depression weighs heavily on me, and the worst part is that I know I’m not really. It is just a feeling, suffocating the life out of me. Don’t tell me to read my Bible more, I already do. Don’t tell me to look for sin in my life, I ask for conviction and confess regularly.  Don’t tell me that I am just being lazy in not fighting the feeling, you have... Read more


It got worse, but now it is starting to get better again (i hope). I’ve been having constant headaches 24/7, with only temporary relief from an essential oil blend (which I ran out of mid-month). Then there was my ever swelling body, four inches bigger in circumference from the last time I measured. Now, I think it was one of my meds. I didn’t realize it until  I was 20 pounds heavier, though. No matter what I did, exercise, manage... Read more

Vlog Episode 2

[youtube][/youtube] The Sermon I listened to today: God Is Good, God is Present and He is Not Silent

Vlog Episode 1


Frankincense, Lavender and Rosemary, oh my!

This is what I’ve been up to lately. Want to come?   [youtube][/youtube]

Caffeine and Alka Seltzer 

Guys, I’m so tired. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sleeping — that is the problem — I’m sleeping way too much. It’s called hypersomnia and it is a stress reaction not uncommon to those with PTSD. Usually, sleeping is a challenge for me, but when something is particularly stressful, it’s like, “tag, your it!” in a game of sleeping beauty. I fall asleep at home; nodding off while in the shower, when I sit down to eat lunch, when I... Read more

Thanksgiving Without Turkey (and stress)

I see all the amazing recipes and Instagrams of set tables. I see people playing football at the park and the mad rush to grab that last minute item at the grocery store. The air smells like roast turkey. It’s Thanksgiving Day….and I’m in bed. The last couple weeks have been rocky for me. I had to quit my job (which I was really loving) because I couldn’t work as many hours as they wanted me to. The stress from... Read more