A Little Yard to Play with Flowers

Reading the whimsical picture book, When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy by Valorie Fisher, to my younger son recently, I found a delightful depiction of my philosophy of gardening:  Plant what you love! Just a few weeks ago, my garden was sleeping.  My friend, who lives in a high rise, asked to see it, but […]

A Picture Book-Inspired Home (Part II in Decorating Series)

Bunny Day by Rick Walton, illustrated by Paige Miglio, teaches children the concept of time.  Flipping through the gorgeous illustrations offers adults fodder for dreams.  This book contains a plethora of decorating ideas for anyone who’d like their home to look as though it were plucked from the pages of a picture book. The Cuckoo […]

Picture Books as Interior Design Manuals (Part I)

This is the first post in a series on decorating your home according to children’s books.    What I’ve always wanted most in a house is coziness— a house that smiles, a home that points to heaven.   What  better place to get decorating ideas than from the pages of children’s books! Goodnight Moon is a good […]

Fall Wonders

By the end of November, my heart was screaming, “No more!”  Pain and tragedy struck our extended family, our friends, and our neighbor.  “You have to keep trusting,” I could hear Nancy from church saying.  What wisdom!  God’s love has never left us.  His autumn blessings have drifted down every day.  Remembering them, my jittery, […]


Selah:  a pause during which to reflect  I experienced Selah last Thursday—both the definition above and the two-year-old girl version.  My lifelong friend was moving, so I had the privilege of watching her wispy-curled, rosebud-mouthed, Shirley Temple look-a-like, Selah!  Keeping a two-year-old put my normal productivity on pause.  We played with the nesting doll and […]

Hope for the Flowers

I glimpse wings from the window of my bedroom and walk outside for a closer look.  I’d read that Gregg’s Blue Mistflower was a butterfly magnet, but this?  Six pairs of wings! I drop to my knees, snapping pictures.  The monarchs fold their wings like praying hands while sipping.  Then, effortlessly, they flutter above my […]