β€œTrust whatever He has for you. It will be better than anything you can plan for yourself.”
β€” Francis Chan (Crazy Love)

I’m grateful to know this. I haven’t read this book. Though, now I think I’d like to! Anyone out there read this book? Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God (This is the full title.) I’d like to know what you thought about it!
From Spiritually Single’s page on Facebook. πŸ™‚



I have added a few things to the site. I wasn’t sure whether to or not. I kind of like this being my haven for thoughts and reflections. But, also, I want it to be a place where as readers you might be able to find encouragement not only for your spirit and mind, but also encouragement in day to day things like healthy eating and financial goals. Continue reading


Every now and again I get inspired to put something out there for the world. Something that struck me as inspirational or that I haven’t thought of in such a way. Sometimes I share those on Facebook, but I don’t want to overload it with things of God and faith. I don’t want to be that person you scroll over and don’t look at what I do post. haha.

It’s just that I see so much hurting in the world around me. Things that are harder than they’ve ever been. Things that push us to the limit of ‘faith’ and cross into the realm of questioning God with “Why?!” Continue reading


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The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in heaven and the lilies in the field, perfectly simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold us.
~Oswald Chambers in My Utmost For His Highest

photo (21)I’m sitting here today totless. A new week has begun, another week of ‘vacation’ for them. For me these are the times of hardest faith. My darkest moments. The only reason I look back with longing on what used to be. Continue reading


Psalm 143
New Living Translation (NLT)

A psalm of David.

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
2 Don’t put your servant on trial,
for no one is innocent before you.
3 My enemy has chased me.
He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave.
4 I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
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copyright Sarah Rhodes

Psalm 8
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!


I seen these awesome wallets inspired by Dave Ramsey on Etsy. I’ve been wanting to make one ever since, but just haven’t taken the time to get the fabric needed to craft it. I did that today! I thought I would share it on here. Since I haven’t posted in almost 2 months. (give or take).
This was my inspiration:
I really wanted to buy the vintage seafoam one. It was too pricey for me though, unfortunately. So, I bought a pattern instead. That I could handle. Then I realized I had no idea what colors I wished it to be, or whether it should be neutral enough that both myself and the man could handle it in public if necessary. haha. So, it was pushed to the back burner. This week I decided I needed to sift through all the many options and pick something. This is what I came up with:
The center picture will be the outside. And the others will be the inside and zippered “envelopes.” I like colors and patterns. And vintage! I’ll keep you posted with how the process is going. I will be learning how to put zippers in. Wish me luck. πŸ˜‰

playing catch up

I wanted to post quickly to just let you know I’m still here. Classes ending, work being, well w o r k, and catching up from vacation has taken it’s toll! I am now class free for the summer and feeling some what caught up. I want to share a few moments from vacation that we loved.

The lobby of our resort. It was breath-taking! All of the rough drafts of our favorite Disney characters larger than life. Couldn’t take our eyes off of it!


The pool, where everyone kept asking to go back to. (I’m not sure why. It doesn’t look fun at all. )*tee hee*


Our very first princess encounter.


>He got to be the Beast at Belle’s Enchanted something or other. He did a mighty fine R O A R R R if I do say so myself!


This huge awesome wall art was in the airport, but we did go to Universal Island’s of Adventure specifically to visit this. It was quite possibly the highlight of the trip.


Everything at Disney was extensive, exquisite, expensive, entertaining, exhausting, and at times even educational! It was a high cost, high stress, big fun vacation. Every smile was worth every penny saved (and spent).



Hello, again! Just a short post to show off my lip balms. I really like the labels. I had to cut them (of course, they couldn’t just go on easily! lol.) I was concerned they aren’t really plain or simple. But they remind me of vintage labels, so I went for it. πŸ™‚ Take a look! Pretty and cheap and natural. What a perfect combo!


I came across an ad today that was about “I am loved.” It’s from a jewelry store, Helzberg Diamonds. It got me to thinking today how much love surrounds me. Love that is mine for the taking. And what it all came down to was that love. I chose the kind of love that was all in. The one that allows me to be completely comfortable. That encourages that comfort. It makes me smile! It makes me grateful. Even after a few years of being together without more commitment than just being together. That we are still in that kind of love.

So today, I wanted to share some of that, in as few words as possible. It’s not a flashy look at me kind of love, but a just you and me love that some people only catch glimpses of. Because it can also become so readily available that it’s taken for granted. Noone wants that! And I never want him to feel that way. Messages from the heart that are found in my lunchbox, making our breakfast for our early morning trip to the airport Friday morning. Extra blankets in the morning when he gets out of bed, suitcases packed while I’m working. Just from the heart.




The most important way I know he loves me (and my children) is his willingness to help disciple little hearts toward God. Every afternoon and night possible, without being asked, prodded, reminded (wow!) — we read devotionals about how we can get to know God and who He is and what faith looks like. I wonder if he realizes how important and how BIG this is to me sometimes. I need to find a way to do that. Or quite possibly I just did. πŸ˜‰

We have far to go to get where we need to be. Where we want to be. A test of patience is what we endure. And we know that it all comes from the greatest source of Love there has ever been!