Category Archives: My Pen

  If I had to choose my favorite thing to do on this farm, the answer would always come easy and the same – it’s checking cows. From the first of October through the first of December, the air changes in more than one way around here. Ninety-some-odd mama cows begin to “drop” calves –…

It’s harvest time on the farm – and it’s been a long time coming. The preparation has seemed to be as never-ending as the ninety degree days this summer turned fall, that hasn’t felt like fall until the last two days. For weeks my man has worked through sweat-soaked shirts with welding burnt arms to finish fabricating the…

Hey y’all! It’s a good morning for coffee, pretty little mini-pumpkins and cornbread on my porch. What say you? 😀 It’s also a GREAT morning to do something I haven’t done in a month-of-Sundays – welcome a guest AND have a GIVEAWAY! What?!?! Yes, you heard me right. I can’t give you coffee or cornbread…

  • Oh I’m so glad to be reading this. Inspired by your courage, Meredith. Your story will encourage many mamas – it reached my heart today. And  it looks like this is the book I’ll be pressing ‘order’ on next!! I’ve been searching for a good read on this mama-creative theme! ReplyCancel

  • Just beautiful, Meredith! Thanks for sharing the book and Kelli’s words. I love your honesty and transparency in sharing your story too. So grateful for your creative gift and the blessing it is to this world. And…your new site is just gorgeous, friend. I know it was a labor of love and it reflects your sweat, tears and likely all the cornbread you stress ate. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Thank you for being here, friend. You’re the BEST encourager! And yes, ALL the cornbread ha! Thank you. 🙂 So wish we could eat some together as you launch your new site this week, too. Can’t wait to see! Eek! xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • You are an inspiration Meredith and it is always a pleasure to read your narratives. Creating to me is a form of therapy, being through my lenses or piano, or strings of noodle necklaces with my kids. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • I’m sorry I didn’t respond to you last week, Estela! Thank you for stopping by and taking time to read. You always encourage me so well! And I think all of those are beautiful ways to create and equally important to a healthy balance between using our gifts and calling. Love you lady! xoReplyCancel

  • Jenn

    Looks like a great book! I love creating things in general- crafts and especially crafts with my kids! Photography is a major passion as well. I wish I had more time to explore my creativity even more- it’s so relaxing and fun to be free to crrate.ReplyCancel

    • I need help in the craft department! That’s great you have that gift. 😉 And photography is such a great way to create, isn’t it? Sometimes my best time spent behind my camera is when I just take it and go for a walk without any pressure. Hope you can do the same soon!ReplyCancel

  • Photography is my passion for sure. But I also love to sew and make quilts and clothes for my kids occasionally. This book looks so inspiring and encouraging!ReplyCancel

    • Those are ALL awesome ways to create, friend. And I know God blesses all you touch through your creations. Thanks for stopping by, and sorry I’m late telling you so. xoReplyCancel

  • This book looks amazing! I love to create art through my lens <3 ReplyCancel

  • Thank you so much for sharing your life creative with us, Meredith! SincerelyReplyCancel

    • Thank you for letting me, friend! And thank you for this beautiful inspiration for all the mama’s called to be this life creative. xoReplyCancel

  • Valorie MacDonald

    I love photography, but only recently have begun to feel that I could actually embrace the fact that I have something to offer. Pursuing my writing is another matter; it’s so vulnerable! But this book is helping me see the fuller picture! ReplyCancel

    • Anonymous

      Oh, and by the way I LOVE your photos! 🙂ReplyCancel

      • Oh, girl, EMBRACE it, because YOU DO have something to offer and it’s beautiful! And both photography and writing can be vulnerable, but it’s in those vulnerable places we are able to connect and offer from a place of genuineness with the reader or viewer that brings our offering to life. As He leads, let Him. We need what He has to share through you. xoxo (And thank you for your sweet, kind words. <3)ReplyCancel

  • Heidi Weller

    I LOVE to make paintings. Mixed media especially, but I haven’t had time to create something like that in a loooong time since I have 4 kiddos to take care of! This book is wonderful!ReplyCancel

    • Oh wow! That sounds so beautiful. I do NOT possess that gift in the least and have so much respect and awe for people who can create with paint. I hope you can find (or make) time to get back to it soon. Thank you for being here! This book is going to help encourage and inspire you, I know it.ReplyCancel

  • Kaytlin

    Can’t love this enough! Just jumping into the photography world myself as a mommy to two and never expected the awesome support of the creative community! Such a gift! ReplyCancel

    • Oh, I’m so glad to hear that, Kaytlin! For all the negatives associated with social media, finding “my tribe” through an online photography community has been instrumental in keeping me inspired (and grounded) to move forward. Many blessings to you in your photography pursuit! You can do this, mama!ReplyCancel

It’s easy to get stuck in the mire of self-pity when our dreams don’t play out like we’d hoped. When life isn’t the white picket fence, two-car garage and walk-in closet perfection we had dreams of. But one thing I’ve learned (all too often the hard way) is that some of those unfulfilled dreams can…

  • Sabra Penley

    These words…so true. Thank you for always sharing your heart in such a beautiful way. Hugs!!!ReplyCancel

 “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:19‬ ‭ As sure as the tulip poplar’s leaves have changed from green to orange to brown then down, I’ve sensed the wave of change…

  • What a beautiful post! Even when we or our circumstances are unsure, God is steadfast and faithful!ReplyCancel

  • Sabra Penley

    Boy, that horizon’s always unsure, isn’t it? So thankful for God’s presence and knowing that He is stronger than anything we could ever face. And what a blessings–what a comfort–to know that with all our weaknesses, He can use them in His strength to bring about amazing things. Praying for God to continue to move your heart toward all He has for you. Love you, girl!ReplyCancel