Category Archives: Faith

Living out my faith in today’s world, the triumphs, challenges, and struggles.


For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come. Hebrews 13:14 There have been times on this blogging journey that I seriously question why I blog.  Why I decorate.  Why I share.  There are moments of clarity that I can see that this “stuff” is meaningless, although it seems hard to attain that mentality.  Yet I know the Lord is the one that created this passion inside of me.  And he continues to encourage … Continue Reading »


I was sitting in church this Sunday, listening to amazing worship and a great sermon, and for some reason I just felt this fog over my heart.  I was hearing the words but just couldn’t seem to make them affect my heart.  Maybe it was the 11 month old squirming on my lap, or the fact that I feel like I’ve been tired for the last 11 months straight.  But deep down I knew it was something more.  Deep down I knew it … Continue Reading »


Sometimes I love this world we live in, other times I despise it. I love God’s beauty when I look out my kitchen window, I love the giggles I hear coming out of my kids mouths, I love the people that hold me up, support me, and love me regardless.  I love the fact that I can use my gifts to create, explore, and challenge myself.  I love a lot of it because it is all I know. But yet I despise it. … Continue Reading »


I’m not outgoing by nature. I’m awful at going up to people I don’t know and introducing myself. I’m not a natural leader. I’m somewhat of an introvert. I’m a homebody. I find myself getting worked up if I have more than one or two things going on in a week. I love deep relationships and have found I only need a few in my life.  This way I feel like I can truly invest into them. Therefore when I found out I … Continue Reading »


You guys, my heart just can’t handle all of the hurt people have to go through.  I hear stories that seem unimaginable about families that have lost children through tragic accidents, miscarriages, genetic disorders, stillborns, and the list goes on.  There is so much hurt in the world, it sometimes seems like we can lose all hope.  And people have asked me before, what should I say to grieving parents??  And although I can not relate to all of the hurt and loss … Continue Reading »

IT’S A……………

BOY!!! Beckett Titus Lundeen was such a good little boy who listened to his Momma and came 2 weeks early, making his entrance into the world at 3:27 in the morning on August 7th.  He was not a good little boy in the fact that he came really fast, too fast in fact for his Momma to get the drugs she so desperately wanted! Do you see that death grip on the railing there??  That was my, “put the camera away dear!! smile:)” … Continue Reading »


Whimsy came and went this last week.  Our second sale of the year.  And although I love creating and painting and diy-ing, something about this sale just seemed like too much.  Maybe because my 7 1/2 month belly kept getting in the way, maybe because I just wanted to nest and work on my house before August, maybe because I knew most of the money I would make would already be spent on the man cave my hubby is working on.  Or maybe … Continue Reading »


When we found out at 26 weeks that Jules was deemed “incompatible with life” all I could think of was how I wish this “trial” in our life would pass.  Meaning just that.  That I wouldn’t have to carry this child any longer that I knew I couldn’t keep.  That God would take her right then and there.  That I could push it all behind me and start over. Raw but true. Little did I know the blessing the Lord would give us. … Continue Reading »


Well, this winter has about done me in.  I thought last winter took the cake, until the negatives came in December this year and are just starting to leave now.  I am a Minnesota girl, and like to think I’m a bit hearty, but even the heartiest are sick of the frigid cold.  I realized it was bad when they said Minneapolis was the coldest large city in the US, beating out, wait for it……. ANCHORAGE, ALASKA!! Yep.  It was time for some … Continue Reading »


Well, I’m a few days late, like always, but I thought I’d finally getting around to sharing my new years resolution.  In the past these have been strictly surface resolutions and purely for myself.  I want to eat better, exercise more, give up soda, etc. etc.  This year though I have wanted my resolution to be a spiritual one.  One that not only betters me, but betters my whole family, community, friendship circle.  I’ve been seeing everyone pick a “word for the year” … Continue Reading »


Some days I can’t believe it.  I can’t believe I’ve gotten to spend 7 years with you. From the day you proposed to me… to the day I got to say “I do” to spending all 7 rainy days in Jamaica together on our honeymoon… To welcoming our first child into the world.. and our second, 15 months later (eek!) to becoming a family of 4.. To living in a pop up trailer with you (sorry no pics, I tried to block this … Continue Reading »


And I know there’s a couple:)  Maybe just 2.  But I’m still gonna write it cause it’s been heavy on my heart:) When I was in high school, there were cliches. There were crushes and gossip and bullying and stresses. There were academics and sports and expectations and failures. What I’m trying to say was, there.was.a.lot. But when I was in high school there was not cell phones (really…I’m not that old!:)  There was no social media, there was no access to internet … Continue Reading »


Isn’t it funny how sometimes life gets in the way of our true purpose.  How we can get so caught up with what going on around us (family, kids, job, cleaning, drama) that we lost sight of what’s important. This past week was one of those weeks.  Ry ended up working 80 hours, on top of me getting ready for a Whimsy sale, on top of getting sick, on top of another month with no baby news, on top of Jule’s birthday coming … Continue Reading »

Sorrow and Joy

“Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.” –2 Corinthians 6:10 As I’m continuing to walk this journey of “life” I realized how much “life” there is out there that quite honestly I never saw coming.  And being quite young yet, I’m beginning to understand that we don’t write our own life stories. I’m beginning to understand that what my dreams may have been might look very different to how my life plays out.  I’m beginning to realize that … Continue Reading »


Sometimes I’m on Facebook and see people post interesting articles or movie clips and I just don’t want to take the time to look at them at the moment, I’m usually in a hurry.  But, if I see multiple people post the same thing, it usually gets my attention and I decide to take a peek.  The other day I saw this movie popping up everywhere.. I so encourage you to watch it, it’s only a couple of minutes long.  This stuck with … Continue Reading »


I was doing my morning devos the other day, and you know when sometimes you just feel God speaking to you….your eyes are just opened in a whole new way.  I just love that.  I had that the other day.  I was reading Streams in the Dessert by L.B. Cowan, and it spoke to me, or Jesus did through it:)  And when He does I just can’t help but share!  Here’s the excerpt I read… Have you ever seen people who through some disaster … Continue Reading »

A Momma’s Heart

I remember before we had kiddos, and all I had to think about in this world was myself and the hubby.  But lets be honest, mostly myself.  We seem to be selfish by nature. Then I had Tate. Boy did that blow the selfishness right out of the water, and honestly I had  bit of a hard time adjusting.  I dreamed of being a Momma my whole life and when it actually came to be I remember having a melt down and crying, … Continue Reading »

A Relationship

You know how relationships always evolve?  Like when I first moved here, I so desperately wanted friends I ended up chasing down a sweet girl at church and opened my mouth to an outpouring of nonsense and somehow managed to invite them over for dinner.  By the end of the conversation though I was red and blotchy and saying to myself, what did I say????  Thanks Em for not judging:) And then pretty soon it gets to the point where you start to hang out, … Continue Reading »

Easter Happiness…

I love Easter.  I love that it is a culmination of events that tells the best story of all times.   I love that it allows me to reflect every year on what my Savior actually did for me, something that we can so easily overlook.  The ultimate sacrifice! For that reason we really don’t do the Easter bunny at our house.  Everyone asks the kids if they have visited the Easter Bunny yet and they look at them with a dazed and … Continue Reading »

Training Up Our Children

I started writing a blog about our little family adventures over the last month, but when I went to upload pictures from my camera I realized my battery is dead.  So, it looks like I won’t be doing that at the moment. What has been so heavy on my heart lately though, is parenting.  Specifically parenting in a world where women are mainly looked at as sex symbols, lust is acceptable, and almost encouraged, daytime television can’t be watched because of commercials that are slightly … Continue Reading »