April Fool’s Day Cupcakes

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A couple of weeks ago, I got a text from Cara asking if I was interested in being a guest blogger on The Helpmates. I was so excited! I try to keep up with every post and I love the variety of tips, recipes, and insight that it provides! What an honor it is to get to be a part of it! In our hometown, I run a growing cake business called Goad a la Mode Cakes. She asked that I come in from time to time and share fun recipes and baking ideas! This is my thing! Blog writing, however? Not my thing. So, prepare yourself…take a seat..and buckle up.. Continue reading

Friend from Cara’s hometown. Grateful servant of our God who has blessed me more than I deserve. Wife, Mother, and Bakery owner.

Embracing This Season of Life

embracing this season of life

Be still my beating heart. He is growing so much in the seconds that I blink — please slow down little baby Deacon. I have been guilty of wishing away the hard early stages of Deacon’s life because let’s just face it… The newborn stage is tough. Last night (while I was washing what seemed like a million bottles at 12a.m.) I realized I wasn’t keeping up with my end of the bargain, it was actually more than a bargain. Continue reading

A wife and a mom viewing each day as a gift from above.

Like the Rain

like the rain

It seems that spring is finally here! I’m so glad that the world has thawed and daffodils are sprouting up in my front yard.

But along with all the good things that spring brings, there is also stress. Now that I’m no longer in school, spring doesn’t bring the same kind of busyness as it used to, but there’s still the desire to Get out and Do.

I want to get to the park several times a week to enjoy the weather & stay active, to find time to camp, and take a trip back to Fayetteville, to plan and execute a garden, to get out and explore more of our new city now that it’s not covered in snow.

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Explorer & adventurer – mostly through scratches of ink on a page – I enjoy my husband, our twin boys, our boisterous German shepherd, and strive to live for the glory of God.

The Young Widow & The Church (Part 3)

Missed the first two posts in this series? Click here to catch up: Part 1 Part 2

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As I shared in my previous post, I have been hurt by a few thoughtless people. That is going to happen. But I have also been blessed beyond measure by hundreds of others. As I was praying over writing this, God brought many back to mind: Continue reading

Cara’s Mom. Christian. Optimist. Encourager. Cheese Enthusiast.

The Young Widow & The Church (Part 1)

Several months ago, Cara and Lisa approached me about writing a post for The Helpmates regarding how the church could assist widows. In 1992, my husband passed away from cardiomyopathy after an eight month illness. I was 34 and my kids were 4 and 6. I have been a widow now over twice as long as I was a wife so perhaps the word ‘young’ in the title no longer applies. I would like to share with you 3 simple ways to reach out to a widow.

Whenever a woman loses her husband, she becomes a member of a sorority no one ever wants to join. No matter if she has only been married a few years or has just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, whether she has small children at home or lots and lots of great-grands scattered across the country, no woman wants to have to face the death of her husband. Still many of us do become widows.

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The Bible is clear that God cares for and values widows and orphans: Continue reading

Cara’s Mom. Christian. Optimist. Encourager. Cheese Enthusiast.

Happy Un-Birthday Dwifey!

I celebrated yet another birthday this week. Praise the Lord for granting me another year of life! He has truly blessed me. My birthday was no different.

I woke up to a nice sweet birthday message from our loving refrigerator.

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Then we started the day off right with church and a Krispy Kreme chocolate sprinkle donut of course! Continue reading

Lover of all things sweet…my husband, our twins +1, our adorable cocker spaniel, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. But I know none sweeter than the name of Jesus.