Holiday Idea House

Holiday Idea House

Decorating for holidays is something I love to do. When my husband and I shared a basement apartment in college I insisted we get a Christmas tree and it could’ve stayed up all winter as far as I was concerned. It fit perfectly between the mini fridge and the...
Handmade Shopping Guide

Handmade Shopping Guide

Visiting art and craft fairs is among my most favorite activities. I don’t always leave with my arms weighted down with purchases but I always leave inspired. I love seeing all of the different things that people create. It sparks my own imagination....
Farm to Fork Recap

Farm to Fork Recap

I’m a blogger. Not a serious blogger, not a successful blogger, not a well-connected blogger. But I am a blogger. It is something that I’d like to take more seriously, like to be more successful at. So last summer when I was invited to an event for...
First Days Can Be Tough

First Days Can Be Tough

First days can be tough. Especially for the overthinkers. The big feelers. The sensitive ones. For us, the anxious souls who don’t slip into newness with ease, first days are met with dread rather than anticipation. The worst case scenario seems entirely possible....
Write Your Own Ending

Write Your Own Ending

For the majority of my life I’ve hated Father’s Day. A day meant to honor that man in my life that was a solid foundation. A steady presence. A protector. A day set aside for a man I’ve never known. That not knowing is tough. Harder some days than...
Lighting the Path

Lighting the Path

Within an hour of learning that the highly successful fashion designer Kate Spade had taken her own life, I learned of a local teenager who’d made the same gut-wrenching choice. I can think of no clearer example of how nondiscriminatory mental illness is. Kate...
Picking Up The Pieces

Picking Up The Pieces

It is often said that those who serve together in the military or police form a deep bond that the outside world cannot understand. These individuals are willing to sacrifice themselves in order to serve their brothers and sisters. One such soldier came to Acres for...
Pushing Life Away

Pushing Life Away

This is yet another testimony to the amazing, life-saving therapy of Acres for Life. Monica’s childhood was nowhere close to idyllic. Instead, it was brutal. Monica’s mother had been left on the doorstep of an orphanage as a baby. She wasn’t adopted...
Who We Used To Be

Who We Used To Be

My little family does a lot together. My husband and I don’t typically go out much without our son. Fortunately, we enjoy many of the same things and each other. I’m usually happiest when we are together. However, from time to time my husband and I need...
The Days In Between

The Days In Between

Many years ago I purchased a wooden sign that has since hung in our living room. It reads “These are the good old days” and I knew when I saw it that those words were true. I was happily married, lived in a new house, had a decent job, and was enjoying...