The Words We Say

I was listening to a podcast the other day about positivity and the words we say to ourselves… (thanks Levi Lusko). If we breath doubt and fear and regret to ourselves, then those feelings will be the overflow of our hearts. We can’t help but shower negativity on the people around us when it’s happening…

Painting the Sky

What an absolutely gorgeous day on the Central Coast of California! Most of our state is on fire, but we are doing just fine here. Every Friday, I shoot for paddle-boarding at the beach... as long as a friend can go with me to help haul my ginormous board down the steep rocky trail. (Btw...…

Fear All Around Us

Last Sunday, we watched a movie. It’s something we often do together on weekends. Over the past few months we travelled back in time with Sister Act, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Raegan and I are NOT fans, while the boys laugh hysterically), and Never Been Kissed. Light and funny flicks, nothing worth mentioning five days…

#thankhimeverydaynomatterwhat

About three years ago, I was in a slump. Having just survived brain surgery—ecstatic and grateful—only to return to reality filled with emptiness. I drove to work every day trying to muster the feelings of thankfulness that I knew too well, but couldn't grasp. One morning I took the long way to work. The fields…

A Prairie Devotional—Available Now!

I’ve been carrying around book postcards for nearly five months. Handing them out to fans and friends. If you know my mom or mother-in-law, they possibly gave out more than I did. The words on the card “Available August 2019” felt as though they would never become a reality. But, as they always do, the…

Giving Dreams Away

Three years ago, a dream began to form in my heart. It was a dream that seemed too big. Too far off. A dream that many thought I wouldn’t be able to accomplish and maybe wasn’t worth trying at all. That dream is about to come true. It’s unbelievable. The boxes of books in my…

The Tipping Point

It's been a while since my last blog post. I've been just a teensy bit busy--traveling to Minnesota, hanging out with my kids, and launching A Prairie Devotional. Whew... let me catch my breath! Sometimes in the super busy seasons of life we can get overwhelmed and forget why we are doing all the things…

Freedom To Say No

Yesterday was 4th of July. To see what I was up to watch my live video. After my hubby got home from work we worked on a yard project, enjoyed hamburgers and watermelon, and ohh’ed and ahh’ed over the night sky full of brilliant lights. As we were standing on the crest of a hill…

Alison Arngrim—What You Least Expect

Imagine Nellie Oleson and Grace Ingalls being friends? It’s unthinkable. Sometimes God orchestrates what you least expect. Back on the set, I didn’t have any direct interactions with Alison. By the time I was walking, Alison was driving. If Baby Grace happened to be sitting in the restaurant while Ma cooked, Nellie might walk in,…

Dean Butler—Knowing the Real “Me”

Typically, I’m not concerned with what people think about me. I can let criticism bounce off, shrug my shoulders, and move on. But that hasn’t always been true. I lived most of my life worried about being accepted and fitting in. Saying the wrong thing or offending someone with my opinion wasn’t a risk I…

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