Tag Archives: Brooke

Spring’s Deception + Salvation’s Reality

Mar 19, 2016 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0

Spring, is a time to come out of hibernation. A time to put away yoga pants and sweaters. A time to clear out clutter accumulated in previous gloomy months. To start fresh. A time to trade all things cozy for longer, lighter, & warmer days, brilliant color, and renewed vigor for adventure. Arrival of Spring can also be deceptive! The snow melts away, birds return with familiar song. Spurts of warm weather invigorate our senses along with our hope. Just as I begin to accept this new reality, a blizzard strikes! My car wash, now in vain with it getting hammered with salt and dirty snow yet again. As much as Spring brings about hope, Spring can bring about doubt. As devastating as an unexpected blizzard can be, even more excruciating is a deception that can come following Salvation and newRead more …

Be Steadfast

Jan 12, 2016 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0

Take heart. A mother bird prepares a nest for the nearing arrival of her eggs. Each morning she awakes with the dawn, scouring for perfectly fitted sticks, straw, grass, and cozy material that will be “home” for the most crucial time of her young’s life. She hears no applause, receives no encouragement for her efforts but day after day she gathers with a fierce expectancy of life to come. Gathering sticks is a ‘glamourless’ affair. It’s her instinct moving her to persevere, guaranteeing her efforts will not be in vain. As I quickly approach motherhood for the first time, my heart is stirred to reevaluate my purposes in a new season. One of probable intensity, little reprieve, and daily repetitive tasks. All with a hope of a great future for my family & child(ren). A hope which I imagine, getsRead more …

Ditch Depression + Be Dynamic

Aug 25, 2015 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0

Imagine a war torn city, finally ready to rebuild its grandeur after the devastation. Leadership set in place, vision is cast, and once weary men and woman take to the momentous task of rebuilding with fresh vigor. Hopes arise, only to be dashed by strong opposition halting all construction just after the foundations are laid. One year, turns to two, turns to twenty years! By this time oppressors have implemented high taxes for an unfavorable economic environment. Life is all around lackluster, with no foreseeable change on the horizon. People offer up weak prayers – if any,  without expectation of hearing anything back. In their minds, God has left. We enter this scene in the begging of the book of Zechariah. A prophet whose ministry was to the Jewish people. A people during this season, despised their days (4:10), and wereRead more …


Aug 13, 2015 | Posted by in Journal | 1

Anxiety strikes without warning. It’s like a little kid with a new squirt gun. Always hiding out and ready to aim-fire at the next opportunity! 40 million Americans struggle with prolonged anxiety. That’s a lot of uncanny squirt guns. Tension lies between necessary stress keeping us from danger and spurring us to action and prolonged stress. A final exam, a job interview, illness, having a child, moving, losing someone you love, divorce or even a first date. Fire will surround you, but will it consume you? I am certain being a Christian does not guarantee a life without pain. In fact, it usually increases the odds. There is however, a secret advantage which I aim expose. There is a place of calm we can run to in the midst of the ugliest storms. He is like a tree planted byRead more …

Puppy Love

Jun 25, 2015 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0

  Meet Maya. Our 11 week old Vizsla, who completely lives up to her breed’s characteristics: Energetic Loyal Affectionate Athlete Memorial Day, my husband Cameron and I innocently went to “look” at Viszla puppies at a local breeder. Knowing ahead of time each puppy was spoken for besides one unclaimed female. We justified it as an information gathering trip – as the Viszla was our preferred dog to EVENTUALLY get SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE. Two hours later we returned home with a puppy, without a kennel or a clue. This could have been a terrible impulse “buy”, however, Maya the pup has turned out to be nothing short than a great family addition! She has captivated us for three weeks now and her accomplishments include: 1st road trip to the farm (Cameron’s parent’s home in Southern MN) Sit/Lay WalkingRead more …

An Elegant Life

Mar 9, 2015 | Posted by in About, Journal | 0

Type A. Type B. Type ?. Which personality trait do you tend to identify yourself with? Typically I would respond with “A” as my dominant trait loud and clear. Hence, “A’s” you will relate. “B’s”, keep reading, this will make sense for you too soon… Mind always running, frequently senses or fears lack, tendencies to hoard to save for “later”, driven by nature, responsible leader, self-assigns the burdens of others or organizations, charismatic in crowds, middle name “Control”, futuristic, orderly, systematic in approach, goal oriented, recognition seeking, processes inward, champion, anxious, excitable, thrives on elevating others to potential, purpose driven, usually on a mission (whether world domination or world’s fastest grocery run…). “We find a life of elegance through restraint.” Smack! Pow! SCREEEEEEEEEEEECH – to – a – STOP. Elegance through restraint? God recently used these three words to wakeRead more …

A Tribute: Harvest Brown #8

Oct 27, 2014 | Posted by in About, Journal | 2

Have you ever met someone highly skilled in their craft? It probably wasn’t too long until they mentioned the “who” behind their success or inspiration. Nothing new is under the sun. All ideas stem from inspiration at some point already established. It is my intention to live with humility by giving credit to where credit’s due. Each of us have “pioneers” in our lives. Some demonstrate consistent encouragement, others have their life on display for us as bold examples of excellence. May I introduce you to one of my inspirations? Meet the beautiful, & original “Embellish-er”, Pat R. Brown. To me, she’s Auntie Pat, vivacious sister to my Mother. To the vintage living world she is known as, “Harv” because of her smash hit Annual Vintage Living Sale, Harvest Brown. If you spent an afternoon with my Aunt Pat, youRead more …

My Health Journey

Sep 21, 2014 | Posted by in Strong Body | 0
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One of the main inspirations to starting this blog was to specifically document my health journey. I’ve struggled with it all, weight loss and weight maintenance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivities, to destructive eating habits. Believe me when I say I’ve done it all when it comes to dieting. My journey has led me from a disastrous path of yo-yo dieting, to gaining insights & knowledge of how my body was designed to look and function in the first place. Growing up When we were young, Mom began ridding our home of sugared cereal and “cows milk” along with other processed foods much to our dismay! Despite the sudden absence of processed food I learned quickly my sweet tooth was easily satisfied at friend’s sugar laden food pantries, or their frozen pizza and ice cream sandwich stacked freezers! A sugar rushRead more …