Ah, Autumn

Ah, Autumn

Autumn awakens My senses, tingling Invigorated! The aroma of pumpkin, Cinnamon and spice, The lovely taste of hot cider. Feeling the crisp, cool air kiss me in the morning. Curling up in a cozy blanket For a quiet read. Ah, Autumn, you awaken me.

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I’m certain it’s OK to be uncertain

I’m certain it’s OK to be uncertain

Since the start of this year, I’ve taken time to explore my spirituality, to ask questions (many, many questions!), to welcome the fog of uncertainty and rest in the freedom that is hidden there. I made a few goals for myself, to use this time to step back from the set beliefs and traditions I’ve grown up with, and to explore my relationship with God and be open to where it may lead me. I’m using…

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What I Love About Christmas and a Great Holiday Gift Guide

What I Love About Christmas and a Great Holiday Gift Guide

“Deep in the night The voices of the waves on the shore Announced to us: Christ is born! Son of the King of kings From the land of salvation, The mountains glowed to Him, The plains glowed to Him, Then shone the sun on the mountains high to Him. All hail, let there be joy. In me, Lord Christ, let there be joy.” Taken from Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community…

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I Am From…A Poem in Honor of Heritage Day

I Am From…A Poem in Honor of Heritage Day

I am from skinny, black cats, From late nights of board games and adventures in Animal Crossing. I am from the pale raised rancher, Tangled up in a wild garden of sweet honeysuckle and poison ivy. I am from the bleeding hearts, the hostas and crumbling stepping stones. I’m from stuffing pillowcases with homemade sugar cookies And family gatherings for crabs with Old Bay From Sharon and David, a sister and two brothers. I’m from…

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Holly Austin Smith Shares Story of Falling Prey to Sex Trafficking

Holly Austin Smith Shares Story of Falling Prey to Sex Trafficking

“Nobody said anything about prostitution. It just hung in the air like a slab of meat.”-Holly Austin Smith, survivor of DMST and Washington Times columnist At the opening of Araminta’s Unchained Conference on Saturday, September 14, 2013, Holly Austin Smith shared the beginning of her story. It’s the story of a young girl in 8th grade, trying to fit in with friends, wishing to be “cooler”, hoping for someone to see her as “special”. “When…

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A Call to Abolish Modern Day Sex Trafficking

A Call to Abolish Modern Day Sex Trafficking

When I was 13, I was settling into middle school, making new friends, crushing on boys and enjoying sleepovers. I was still at that ripe age of innocence before high school drama, relationship hangups and rebellion kicked in. I see now that I was fortunate to have all of these experiences, the good and the bad. Sadly, for some girls, 13 is the average age of entry into “prostitution” in the US.  Only these girls…

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Peace for Syria: Fighting Fire with Water

Peace for Syria: Fighting Fire with Water

Peace is the quite morning breeze, whispering, “Fall is here.” Peace is going a day without arguing with (or nagging) my husband. Peace is found in those many many moments of choosing forgiveness. Peace is what I felt that night I soaked my pillow in tears, then received an answer. Peace is choosing to love and accept, not hate and judge.  Peace, I fear, is not everyone’s goal these days. Peace, I believe, is a…

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From Pennsylvania to Georgia, A Few Places I’ve Been This Summer

From Pennsylvania to Georgia, A Few Places I’ve Been This Summer

It’s halfway through August and I feel like there’s still so much to do before summer ends! However, I have been busy and accomplishing a few of my summer challenges, so here’s a rundown of my summer thus far (with plenty of photos to boot!): 1. Along with visiting Fallingwater in Mill Run, PA, Sean and I also ventured to Laurel Caverns for a tour and some rappelling! For a gal that’s a bit afraid…

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Fallingwater and Secluded Sacredness

Fallingwater and Secluded Sacredness

The rolling roads twisted, wove and dunked over and around the hills leading up to Mill Run, Pennsylvania. It was the 4th of July, a day ripe for adventure. Upon arrival at Fallingwater, I noticed there was something enchanting about this place. An artistic retreat created by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family, Fallingwater is neatly nested atop a waterfall, a monument merged between sandstone and the streams of Bear Run. The one-hour guided…

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A Summer Challenge To Stay Motivated

A Summer Challenge To Stay Motivated

I’ve let the last month slip by. June was a crazy month. I worked my first conference for the company I now work for. Celebrated two years of marriage, Father’s Day, my husband’s 25th birthday. We started painting the inside of our house (Blazen Orange was our first project and I’m super happy with it!). Lastly, we were invited to a new neighbors housewarming party, which was a great opportunity for us to meet our…

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