Chocolate Brittle Crackers

Because I’ve felt a little brittle at times this week, and because, well, chocolate is always a good thing, I thought I’d share my recipe for Chocolate Brittle Crackers with you. Scroll to the bottom for the yumminess. It’s been a week of blindsides. Which are harder to deal with when you’re feeling brittle. It’s a funny thought, brittle. […]

Questions to Ask Mom and Dad on Valentine’s Day

This week marks my first holiday of love without the two people who loved me the longest; and I’ll be missing my mom and dad on Valentine’s Day. DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find here on SoulyRested? Would you like to know how you can support my efforts? I may receive monetary compensation […]

3 Resources That Comfort When Life is Tough

It’s been quiet but productive around the homestead this week. There has been cold wind, treacherous ice, and standard difficulties, but when I focus on those things then sings my soul from somewhere in me but apart from me, reminding me I am blessed. I am reminded that even in the hard moments there is indeed reason to […]

The 4 stages of grief

Saying goodbye to a loved one takes a while. It happens in stages. I’ve been saying goodbye to my Mom and Dad for many weeks. I imagine I will be for a lifetime. But I’ve learned, for me at least, there have been four stages of grief: DISCLOSURE: Do you enjoy tips and encouragement you find […]

What my parents taught me about Broken Heart Syndrome

I hadn’t heard all the hype about Broken Heart Syndrome. The hype that, apparently, filled social media for a week after Debbie Reynolds died just one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher. I had been pretty removed from the world, actually, and clueless to news stories since mom first started her chemo treatment eight weeks […]

A Sweet Christmas Without Presents

  Our gingerbread house inspiration? A Christmas without presents. I’d been out of town for most of November and December. I’d looked over the girls’ school work from my mom’s hospital room 400 miles away, video chatting and texting with them throughout the school day when I could, and trying to keep the bare minimum necessities of […]

Hope and Growth

She and I were longing for hope. This week, we found it everywhere. And we’ve grown. I sometimes felt God’s face was far from us the recent, difficult months. But I learned that He wanted us to grow by seeing his hope in other’s faces, in prayers and gifts of friends, and even where I […]