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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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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Faith in Small Things: Our Warrior Walk at Relay for Life

Faith in Small Things: Our Warrior Walk at Relay for Life

I don’t know about you, but I often feel like there is way too much noise in my life. It is in these moments that I decide it’s time to de-clutter or I ask myself questions like “Do you feel fulfilled?” or “What’s your mission” and “Are you taking action to pursue it?” It’s definitely a cycle I go through quite often, but I think it can be healthy if I use it to make…

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Newfound Joy

Newfound Joy

I’ve never known a joy like this. Little fingers grip my own and wrap themselves around my heart. Sleepy smiles bring sisterly giggles, moments to be cherished. I’ve never known a joy like this. Even when those ocean eyes shed a tear or two, An auntie’s loving voice can soothe away the blues. That’s right, I’m an auntie now, and was inspired to write some poetry! What an amazing experience to welcome my niece to…

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Sweet Morning Garden Speaks To Me

Sweet Morning Garden Speaks To Me

Today’s my birthday, and I have so much to be thankful for: My wonderful husband Sean, who brought me home a crab cake from G & M‘s and bought me a fab energy-saving, high-tech gift I’m been wanting for new home. My parents for their support and wisdom in raising me. My sister for her love and friendship (and for my future niece that’s about to be born!). My brothers for always making me laugh. My dear friends…

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