Your life is a garden

Pictures were taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens http://www.lewisginter.org/ Your life is a garden filled with beauty, wonder, and work. The colors, smells, and diversity amazes you. The rain may come, but you understand its purpose to replenish the earth, and you welcome the downpour of grace. You play, work, and find solitude in your garden. God…

In the Garden

One of my favorite hymns is In the Garden.  I come to the garden alone….He walks with me; and He talks with me; and He tells me I am His own…. When we are feeling overwhelmed, we often go to our place of comfort and safety. Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray…

SMOKED CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

Serves 4 to 6 For the brine/cure: 4 quarts cold water 1-1/2 cups kosher salt 1/2 cup brown sugar 10 allspice berries 10 whole cloves 2 bay leaves, coarsely crumbled 1 cinnamon stick, coarsely broken 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seed 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon…

A Church Hill Experience

Parish and I love to try new things. Give us a small town, a unique store, or a restaurant that serves food we’ve never tasted, and we are in our zone. As a couple, the experiences have brought years of fond memories, and individually, we’ve satisfied our love for adventure. How do you define adventure?…

You can always come home

Home. the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. Your dwelling place is uniquely different. The decor, the smell, the pictures on the wall, as well as the food in your refrigerator all support your idea of a safe, happy haven. At the end of the day, you…

Don’t Quit

In most areas of our lives we can decide to move on or quit. If a job, friendship, or hairstylist is not working out, you can look elsewhere without serious consequences. Marriage is different. We face so many challenges and unexpected seasons in which we live out our vows of “for better or for worse”….

Reboot Your Conversations

Celeste Headlee’s TED talk provides an excellent resource on how to engage in conversations in a world that is more polarized than ever. Everyone wants to be heard, and rarely is anyone listening. My mother shared with me in a conversation recently that everyone is a hero. Everyone in this world has a voice, a…

A moment can change us

The moment happened in a blink of an eye, but all events leading up to the moment were calculated by God himself. The God moments. You and I could argue that these moments frequent our day, but there is something about a moment in which you experience time standing still, and you step out of…

Friendship

Last night in Woman of Worth, we discussed friendship. As an activity, we made friendship soup! We discussed the importance of choosing friends wisely, forgiveness, and the number one friendship killer–gossip. Someone asked Jesus how many times do we forgive a friend? Jesus says to him, “I say to you not up to seven times,…

DIY Bath Bombs

Thanks to brightnest.com for their wonderful recipe and instructions. Valentina and Laura would like for you to watch their video on how to make bath bombs! You will be amazed. The aroma filled our house with lavender and essential oils. Video clip below. Please click on link or watch video   https://flipagram.com/f/128yPqiaboT ​​    

Pecan Sticky Rolls

A huge thank you to Southern Cast Iron Magazine, January 2015 issue for this wonderful recipe. (link embedded in title of magazine) Before we start the journey, we wanted to share our wooden, bread board story.  My grandmother Emma Lloyd made biscuits and her famous pound cake on this board.  We were given the board…