Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Art

Have y'all noticed that soooo many pinterest projects involve tearing apart books?

At first, I struggled with this, since I am such a lover of books.

However, since I have been exploring with book art, I have a new love for tearing apart a book (mainly old ones).

Last year it was paper wreaths for me. This year it is Book art.

 Basically... I search through books, looking for great lines, along with pretty artwork and cut the page into pieces and puzzle it back together on cardboard. I recently went through the book, Words of Stone. This book has been on my shelf for a few years now and it was never a favorite of mine, yet it had some great lines in it that were memorable.

This is one of my favorite lines...

And then, because she wanted the way she felt at that precise moment to last forever, she stuck her head out the window and gulped the air that rushed at her face, hoping that it would work some kind of magic inside her. Hoping that it would make her life perfect in every way!

Ahhh-- I love it. Haven't you felt that way before. Times when you don't have a worry in the world and everything just is well with your soul.

So here is my creation. Put on cardboard and backed with a doily! I am making these for the Holidays. If you have an idea or favorite book that you would like turned into art for yourself or for a gift, let me know!
Be Blessed!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Our homes improve our lives....

So this morning I submitted my entry to for her Ikea contest. Basically, I had to write a 750 word essay on how our has improved our life. The winner receives a $500 Ikea Gift Card. So, here is my entry. If I win great, if not, it gave me a great topic for my blog. I may add to it later.

     "Home is the nicest word there is." These words were coined by the famous Laura Ingalls Wilder, as she spoke of her home on the prairie. Our home has improved our body, mind, and spirit. Our home tells our story. It tells the story of who we were, who we are, and who we will become. It is our comfort when the world gets too loud and we need our "walls" for support.
   Just as 2 Corinthians teaches us that our body is the house in which our spirit lives here on earth, we believe our home is our stage setting for what is to come. We find comfort in a candle burning, our baby sleeping, chicken roasting, or music playing... those little things. We are blessed and thankful that our home offers us serenity, freedom, and joy. Thanks Oprah!


Friday, October 19, 2012

timeless truth from the apostle Paul

Once upon a time there was a man. He loved Jesus and spreading His truth. He believed that grace is what leads us to true freedom and Godly living. He visited many churches. In his attempt to spread love, he was persecuted by many. Eventually this persecution led to his imprisonment. However, this man did not let this situation define his faith. He chose to remain thankful. He chose joy.

You can probably guess this man is Paul.
Love can hurt.
But it will always prevail.

This morning I read about how Job and Paul went through a lot of the same struggles. Job speaking of his troubles said "this will become my deliverance." What a testament of faith. Paul shared those same words in Philippians. This was purposeful, not just a happenstance.

This taught me that suffering can be a result of sin as well as dedication to Christ's love.

No matter how we live- we will suffer.

Here is a real life example.

As I was writing this post, my son was sitting on my lap. Suddenly he throws up. On me, on the couch, on him.

Now... I could have screamed. I could have been upset. Instead I calmly got up, grabbed some Resolve and cleaned up the mess in about a minute.

I'm not sure I was thankful that he threw up, but I can be thankful that I responded calmly and had some Resolve on hand to clean up the mess.

Maybe a silly example, but even still, little moments matter.

Remember the teachings of Colossians today and walk in Grace!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

We are what we eat, right?

We are what we eat!
I couldn't help but think this when I saw this picture of my son.

He l-o-v-e-s his feet.

When he is not downing his bottle, he can be found trying to cram all of his toes in his mouth!

It cracks us up.

As I watched him snack on his feet I started thinking about what I eat?
Not food to fill my belly, but the food I feed my mind and my soul.

 Soul food.

As I study the book of Colossians this month, my prayer is that it changes my pattern of thinking about the myself, others, and our world.

Colossians 2 teaches us that our hearts should be encouraged and knit together in love. This gives us a full assurance in God's love and his mysteries, even though we may not fully understand what those mysteries are.

I am trying to learn how I can better respond to people when I feel anything but love. In truth, people can be weird, frustrating, and downright rude. But guess what.... so can I. I need to remind myself of this when I am struggling to respond in love. We are all struggling Christians and if we gave each other grace more often than hate, what a different world we would love in.

Today, just for today, let us join together as Christian people and show love. If you don't feel like it,  well too bad. Do it anyway and I can assure you, you will feel better afterwards.

Be Blessed by Love!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


She walked through her twenties wandering and wondering. She searched.
She felt empty and unsure.
Looking for love in places that in the end caused more damage and more hurt in her heart.

She pressed on. The search for truth, for holiness.
It had to be found. Where, she had no idea?
She tried to keep her eyes on things above. How it is hard to do this when your twenty something and scared to death.

One day, love walked in.
Yes, right into her life.
A love that could have only been guided by our creator-God.
He held her hand, opened his heart, and made room for her.

Since then, love keeps walking in. It won't stop now. She won't let it.
Love came in the form of a husband, a home, a son, a job, a new commitment to God almighty.
When a heart is full of love, evil simply can't compete. It can be there, but it can't win.

That she is me.

My thirty year old self can now look back at my twenty year old self and be okay with the wandering and wondering she had to do...because it led me to now. My scars and hurts tell my story, but they don't define my story. My story is and always will be defined by love. Love binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Who wouldn't want that freedom?

This month I will journey through the book of Colossians.
Join with me as I search for a deeper understanding of setting our minds on things above.
The writer Paul challenges us to do so.
May God knit together this book for us, just as he did every joint and ligament in our bodies. Let us grow with a growth rooted in Christ.

Be Blessed

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pokeberry Art

I grew up in the country. Many of my days were spent outside picking berries, swinging on our tire swing, and trekking deep in our woods with my brother.

Our woods were full of pokeberries.

 Do you know what pokeberries are?

They are tall plants that have blackish-red berries that hang in clusters.

My mom loved teaching us about all the plant and tree life around our home.

She taught us all about pokeberries and how the Native Americans used them to make ink. Many say that the Declaration of Independence was written in fermented pokeberry ink. It is toxic and therefore we always had to be very careful when handling them.

With all that said, I am the happy grower of pokeberries in my southern backyard. I was elated when I found them behind our home. I begged Daniel not to put the weed killer on them. Being sweet and all, he let them live.

Today I decided I was going to create something with them. That's what we used to do. We would gather our berries and make paint by smashing them. (That's the fun part)
In one of our home videos my brother and neighbor friends are in our basement painting with them and my mom asks my brother what he is painting and he says, "A Storm."

It was funny then, but

I couldn't help thinking more seriously about that comment as I painted today. How often do we paint the storms of our lives? Do we show our storms to others? Or do we fear others will think we are weak?  It made me think about all the storms I have experienced since my childhood. Looking back most of my storms were just mere cloudy days that weren't as bad once they were over. Those really tough storms serve a great purpose though. They always let us know that all hard things in life do pass.

                        Thankful for precious family memories that continue to inspire.

Have a blessed weekend!

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Inner Landscape

My words are my inner landscape.

My blog is my place to put my words. My place to digest my own thoughts, edit my desires and my fears. My place to develop parts of my self I still don't understand.

It gives me permission to be human.

Today while perusing the shelves at Goodwill I stumbled upon a pretty little book titled Private Pages. It includes excerpts from women's diaries from the 1830's-1970's. It attracted me immediately. The books' introduction reminds its readers that everyone's life holds contradictions, inconsistencies, insecurities, and messy stops and starts. If your life doesn't that means you're not living. I can't wait to read about the lives of these remarkable women who share their good and bad life experiences. Please check this book out if you have an opportunity.

I will leave you today with a song that I heard on Pandora  by Sarah Gaze called Lovely--

Hearing it reminded me that my worth is not based on how I am defined by others. I truly love who I am, although I am a work in progress.

God created all of us in unique ways and we need to spend more time loving ourselves, loving each other, and loving our world!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Place to Land Shop

We all have our favorite landing places. For me, my favorite place will always be my home. 

Making my home look, feel, and smell good is a passion! Each item is made with love and care 

and comes creatively packaged and personalized just for you or someone special. 

If you would like to place an order please email me at

Orders can be delivered or shipped. 


Photo: A Place To Land Shop.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

What Do You Collect?

purpose of home
We are always collecting. I like to think that I am more of a moment collector than a stuff collector. When you collect stuff it tends to serve a purpose for a time and then the stuff begins to collect dust. Soon the stuff is stored in a closet, not to be seen until you decide to clean out your closet again.

Moments are different. Well, sortive. Moments happen fast. Sometimes we are in control of them. Other times, we just experience them. Still, we collect them in our minds. Moments can collect dust too. Then, in the most unlikely moment, they come back to us- sharp- just like we were right back in that moment.

Smells always seem to take me back to certain times in life. Music can do the same thing. I am thankful for my collection of moments- the good-the bad-and the ugly. Yep, gotta be thankful for the bad and ugly too. They teach us to strive for the good.

 What is most important to you-- stuff or moments? I tend to think we all would say moments, but sometimes I know I can let the stuff matter more. This week, as you begin and end your day, think about the moments and memories you have made, past and present-- and reflect about future moments to come.

This week I look forward to taking my son to the doctor, organizing my closet, preparing for my business, celebrating our first Fig Tree event of the year, cooking dinner at home, and meditating on God's word. I hope the good outweighs the bad and I hope to clear some stuff out of my mind to make room for new.

Be Blessed!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Nights

What do you find yourself
into on Friday nights? My husband and I L-O-V-E our Friday nights. Whether we are at home or out and about there is something so easy, so comforting on this day.

Here are some Friday favorites.
1. After school snack attacks-- Usually we have salsa and chips
2. Out to eat-- We almost always go out for dinner. Tonight it was Subway.
3. Fun with Weston-- We let him play in his new Exersaucer tonight.
4. Staying up late-- I usually fall asleep on the couch and I can be a bear getting up to our bed
5. Listening to music-- We love music of all types. Tonight we enjoyed a song by The Killers called "Here with Me"-- My brother recommended this to us.
6. Mowing and Cleaning-- This is not always fun though.
7. Out or In with friends-- especially game nights
8. Listening to Daniel play guitar--- this should happen more often
9. Watching movie previews on Apple TV.
10. Working out in the yard.

Listen below to hear "Here with Me" Thanks Drew!

Here's to a good Friday and a great weekend.
Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite thing is to do on Friday's!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

No Difference

A favorite Shel Silverstein poem for tonight.
Enjoy and Be Blessed!

Small as a peanut
Big as a giant,
We're all the same size
When we turn off the light.

Rich as a sultan,
Poor as a mite,
We're all worth the same
When we turn off the light.

Red, black, or orange,
Yellow or white,
We all look the same
When we turn off the light.

So maybe the way
To make everything right
Is for God to just reach out
And turn off the light!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Be Quiet

I love quiet time
I always have

I find rest in..

soft music
my bible
morning walks
evening runs

I love time with people too
Conversation fuels my creativity
Fills my heart with joy
It connects us body mind and spirit

Finding a balance is something many of us are searching for.

Author, Susan Cain is a believer in the power of being quiet. Her book, Quiet... is about the power of the quiet people in our world and how they really do have a lot more to say than some people think.

My friend Julia told me about this book and I am so excited to read it.... along with about 8 other books too!

Take 10 minutes of your time to enjoy a little quiet today.
Time is there.
Find it and I have a feeling you will be blessed.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Bird's World

I love hearing different people's perspective....even if I don't always agree... I enjoy those conversations about the "why's" of life.

I also think a lot about a bird's perspective. Seriously. I know it may sound silly. But I tend to watch birds and wonder about their world, their view, their issues.....their perspective.

One man decided to explore this topic and give us a better understanding of how a bird sees the world.

This is a two hour documentary callled Winged Planet, created by John Downer. He gives us this perspective by using spy cameras to let us in on some of nature's most amazing moments. I think it is a beautiful thing.

If you are interested, it airs on Discovery Channel, this Saturday at 8.

I pray everyone's Monday is blessed. Find God everywhere you go today. Change your perspective. Love someone difficult. Call a friend. Just enjoy life!

Be Blessed!

Friday, September 28, 2012

the last thing we want could be the first thing we need

four letters
two consonants
two vowels
one great big definition

i wake up most days prayerful of God's desires for my day. days like this give my soul a sense of peace, contentment, and deep joy. filling God's need instead of my own is a passion.

some days aren't like that though.
some days are a fight. some days stop you dead in your tracks.
lies are told first thing in the morning. some days i believe them.

today was a God morning and a good morning too. i woke up hopeful.
i visited a favorite blog Emily Freeman. This post on her blog was written by Jeff Goins, author of Wrecked the Book.

Just be still and read part of  this and then click on the link above to read the entire blog.  It is peacefully powerful and a little uncomfortable. Let the discomfort bring you comfort.

Life for us is too comfortable, too predictable. When things get easy, we get bored. So we chase addictions and comforts and stuff to revive our sullen hearts.
We search and strive for more and ultimately end up disappointed, because we’re searching in all the wrong places.
So how do we find the fullness of life and all it has to offer? How do we really live and not merely exist? We’ve got to get out of the bubble. We have to have our world turned upside-down.

Click to read more

Monday, September 17, 2012

Half the Sky

Hi friends.....
Lately, I have more time than ever to explore new opportunities in my life. From baby bottles to biographies to a possible new business venture....God surely has been good to me.
Today I started thinking about all the great women who have come in and out of my life and have helped shaped me into who I am today. Because of their strength I am a better wife and mother.
I did not think that my path would lead me to being a stay at home mom, but I can most definitely verify, home is where I belong right now!

Today as I was ketching up on my favorite blogs--- I found a new movement called halfthesky. It is about women's oppression. This is a serious issue, but mainly because women have either created it or bought into it due to horrible circumstances. We all carry around hurt. From the past and the present. Letting that go can be hard, but when you do the blessings are endless.

Take a moment to watch the halfthesky movement video and see what you think. I loved it!

Be Blessed with Grace Today and Tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


We receive advice every day. Some good and some bad.
Today I read a bit of advice from John Wesley.

He advises, "Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, and with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.


Hard to follow through with (at least for the 30 year old girl)

Try this out today and see if you feel a bit better, inside and out.

Love and Grace,


Friday, September 7, 2012

Holly Gerth Blog

Who loves Ice Cream?

What flavor is your favorite?

Mine is Neopolitan ( I highlighted it in brown because chocolate will always be number one) 


I can have all three flavors at once or in three separate bites. Three is a great number anyway.

What about you? While you are dreaming about your favorite ice cream.... head on over to to read about her ice cream analogy.

Have a blessed weekend!

~Love and Grace~


Thursday, September 6, 2012

What did you notice today?

    One of my favorite books is The Noticer, by Andy Andrews.

   I love this book for many reasons, but mainly because it is a reminder to all that there is usually another perspective to any given situation. Many of us (including me, at times) walk around thinking we have things "figured-out."

    We make decisions for people, think we know how they feel, and like to give opinions based on what we think. Sometimes we are right. Sometimes we aren't. It is just what we do. But do we have to?
     Today I had an appointment. I had to drive through Charlotte traffic (which I am not used to in the morning) but hey, I made it!

    I walked slowly into the office (on purpose) in my attempts to slow down in this fast pace world. As I made my way closer to the door, I noticed the windows had freshly sprayed cleaner sliding down the glass. I saw the cleaning lady bent over grabbing a rag to wipe the window clean.

   I paused to wait on her and suddenly, a doctor (who was moving about a mile a minute) cut right in front of my and muttered, "you can go on in." I gently pointed to the cleaning lady and he sped on through the door. He turned back and said, "whoops, I just pushed on through and didn't even see her."

    When we slow down, we can notice. When we pause, we can show gratitude. When we breathe, we can be free.

What did you notice today?

Tonight I pray for the wisdom to continue to slow down and move through life more intentionally! Your day really will slow down if you do. Just try it and see.

~Grace and Love~


Monday, July 9, 2012

Who's in Control Anyway

     "You are learning to control your body, aren't you?" I whispered these words to my 5 week old son last night as I layed him on his changing table.

     He loves time to kick and move and he has discovered that his changing table is the perfect place to do just that. It's funny to watch him try to keep his balance as his body moves erratically from side to side. He wants that control so badly. As I rocked him back to sleep, I couldn't help but think about how the word "control" carries many meanings in certain parts of my life

What does control mean to you?

Spiritually- it reminds me of my creator and the faith I carry around daily because He is truly in control.
Physically- it means putting down the bag of chips and walking another mile ( I can control that, right) ???
Mentally- it means renewing my mind, by controlling what I read, watch, and listen to.
Emotionally- it means not letting my "feelings" during circumstances dictate my "joy" (can be tough sometimes).

And in terms of teaching-- it means a peaceful classroom, free of wildness and chaos.  ha!

    So as my son continues to wiggle and worm and discover his ability to control his body, I pray that I rely more on the Lord to be me guide as my husband and I parent our son. May our days be filled with "His" will instead of ours and a peace and faith that fills in that need to "control" what is going on.

 Today let's remember that Jesus was in control of His own life, even his own resurrection.
 He is also in control of ours.

Take time with our creator today.
 He deserves it.

Holy is His Name and His Will be Done.

Monday, May 28, 2012

It's Splendiferous....

     Great moms let their kids lick the bowl. Always. My mom was always whipping up something yummy in the kitchen and she always made sure my brother and I finished off the bowl before washing it. I think brownie batter was always my favorite. What was yours?
    While Pinteresting last night, I found a recipe for JELLO pudding pops. The memories flooded back when I saw the picture. I remember mom buying these when I was little. It was all Bill Cosby's fault. He made them look so Splendiferous!!! Do you remember?

     So as I was making the pudding pops today, of course I licked the bowl clean and thought, "I can't wait to make these for my Weston!" Bill Cosby commercials may be long gone, but there is no reason that pudding pops had to disappear in the 90's. This mom is bringing them back starting today. As I wait for them to freeze, I solemnly swear to keep the pudding pop alive this year and all the years to follow. Who's with me?    

                                     Make something splendiferous today!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Waiting to land


Does it scare you? Isn't that what matters most to passengers anyway? Don't we all just want to arrive safe and snug at our destination? I started thinking about this in relation to life and began wondering.... what is involved in landing an aircraft? After reading about it, I learned that A LOT goes into bringing down an airplane. Come to find out, there are four major factors that affect an aircraft's landing. I had no idea.

THRUST: This is your engine power.
LIFT: The "force" that opposes gravity (weight). It is produced by air flowing in an undisturbed manner over and under the wing. Available lift at slower speeds can be increased by the use of flaps.
DRAG: The opposite, naturally, of thrust. It is the resistance of the body of the aircraft and its surfaces as it moves through the air.
WEIGHT: The greater the weight, the more lift required to maintain flight.

Hmmm.... this is only a little portion of everything else that has to work in order to make a smooth transition from air to ground.

Another important factor: The whole idea of landing an airplane is to place it where you want it on the runway. In order to do this, you as the pilot must have control over those factors!!!

So, how does this relate to life. 
Here's what I'm thinking.

1.  Thrust--- Where do we find power to make it through our days? God? Food? Jobs? Kids? What moves us?

2. Lift- What forces are working in our lives? Are they positive and healthy?

3. Drag- What inner struggles do we fight daily? What factors do we feel like are working against us?

4. Weight- Do we carry around more happiness or burdens?

We know as people, we have the ability to control many portions of our lives. We can control what we eat, where we go, and who we associate with. We can control the time we go to bed, the movies we watch, and the books we read. However, we can not control many things in life like--- traffic, diseases, and WHEN BABIES ARE BORN! HA! But.... we can rest in God's peace knowing that he is the pilot of our lives, placing all the little moments leading up to great big things in his hands.

Tonight I truly feel blessed knowing that I have a creator who cares and orchestrates our lives to be lived out and His will always ends up giving us that smooth landing we are looking for.

Believing in his timing.