Monthly Archives: July 2014

don’t send that to me.


There are a few things that get my attention right away.  I have learned now, through this texting generation, to understand their “lingo”.  And above all else, it is difficult to actually know the emotion behind the words.  Even with those crazy emoji’s.


So yesterday, I am working at my computer, when the text came in that made my heart sink…

from Natalie…“I don’t know what to do with my life anymore mom.  I’m seriously so depressed”.

20140717-062529-23129636.jpgKaren Kingsbury?  I’ve got to hand it to you.  You made a reader out of my girl.  My girl who reads only because she has to, has not been able to put down this series, Bailey Flanigan, from the very first book to the completion of all four of them.


I haven’t read them yet.  My addictive personality tells me that I would most likely not feed my family, shower, or do laundry until they were finished.  So, I’m holding off.

If you are looking for some amazing books for your teen daughters, this is the series to get.  I will never forget the look on their faces when they opened up the books for Christmas.  It was like a looming homework assignment with no promise of a Book-It from Pizza Hut.

Thank you, Karen Kingsbury, for making a reader out of my girl.  Of course, she is looking for a husband just like the character, Brandon Paul.  I’m just excited that Christmas is looking pretty easy.

Click HERE to read all about them and get your own set!

and the hilarity ensued…


First of all—that is a funny pic, isn’t it? Steve’s college roommate and basketball buddy–a friendship that formed, grew, and remains long after college. Neither of them made it to the NBA. However, it has not stopped them from that dream for their sons. Guessing the tall one has a shot! (No pun intended.)




For sure a highlight of our mini vacay to Kansas City was reconnecting with the “old” Baker University gang and their families. Oh my. Not sure I have laughed that hard since the first time I met you, Bruce Yarbrough. And something just never change. And I believe we all found a bit of comfort in that. AND a bit of disbelief. But hey…so it goes.

(For the record, this had to be “Bruce” influence)

We used to get together all of the time. We had about a two year span where all of the guys got married. You know how that goes? Everyone is everyone else’s groomsmen and you try as hard as you can to have the wedding with the best story. Chad—personally I remember yours quite well as they all donned the shirts…


Then came the years of having our “first” babies. Much different than the years of having subsequent babies. And my favorite was at a Japanese steak house with 5 babies all of the same age—all boys except for Kass. Had I known how true that is for Kassidy as some of her best friends are boys in her class even now—it must have started then.





Or course the Kaufman’s are known for having the MOST kids of the group. Has there ever been a time that has not been a point if discussion?! My Mary & Martha family knows that proved to be quite beneficial this past weekend…😉

What a sweet and happy ending to a sweet and happy weekend…

never underestimate the power…


This is going here only because I need this reminder.  And this emotion to steer me back on track when I begin questioning the mission.  When I begin to feel sorry for myself.  When I wonder where God is calling me.  When I wonder where God is calling these children we are raising to live for the Kingdom.


This is for me when I need to remember what the mission is of Mary & Martha.  You are warned.  It may stir up some emotion in you.  I sure wish someone would have warned me before I sat and watched this to start off our presentation at the Hallmark headquarters this past weekend.  Maybe, I would have avoided the ugly cry.


Never underestimate the power in the blessing of the written word.

and the story is…


So, you probably know we spent the weekend at Mary & Martha’s National Conference in Kansas City. An amazing time–and there is so much more to come. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it all and filter out my information OVErLoad!!

There is always a “themed” celebration on Saturday night. And this year’s was “Prom through the decades”. Remember I was trying to figure out the era I was going for? Well here you have it—the 50’s-60’s withy very own bleached surfer jersey boy…

My high school BFF graciously gave of her time to come get me gussied up. How convenient she lives in the city!’


It was so fun.


But mostly because of the people there. Can not tell you how much I loved having a team there!!

And, I can not tell you how fun it was to see the look on my kids’ faces. Guessing it was one the more mortifying moments of their young lives…but soon, they loosened up and joined us on the dance floor!




NC 2014–Kansas City Here we come…


Feels like we’ve been talking and planning for a loonnngggg time. The Mary & Martha National Conference is the most anticipated weekend of the year for consultants as far as their business is concerned. It’s an amazing time of sisterhood, fellowship, worship, motivation, and energy for what is to come. It’s a sort of “Oprah’s Favorite Things” type of atmosphere as new products and catalogs are revealed and the company graciously gifts us over $200 worth of new products. It is a time of laughter and I will tell you, I have cried as well as special speakers touch my heart.

This year will be different. It’s in our own backyard in Kansas City! In the last year my team, Team Trust has grown and developed into a wonderful group of women eager to share Jesus in the homes of others through Mary & Martha. And I am giddy that we will need a table of 10 at National Conference!!!!!

Check back here or on my Facebook business page for sneak peeks and the most current information. You can click here to “like” and be in the know!

If this sounds like something you would love to be a part of? We would love to have you. Like we would be ecstatic to have you!! And through this weekend, it is half off Its half off and we are entering the busiest selling season of the year with a brand new catalog and products. It does not get better than that!


More to note—if you still want to order on the semi-annual sale, you can do so through the link posted in Facebook comments. (WordPress doesn’t allow me to post a business link). You have until midnight.

Whew! I think that covers it.


I love that this year’s conference is geared towards the family. And as many of you know, taking your family, getting packed, and having a smile on 6 faces as you pull away 30 minutes later than scheduled is quite a feat. Not 100% on smiles yet. But we’ll get there…


Camp in numbers.


I’ve got to say…he loved it.

17.) the number of lizards sighted throughout the week (luckily they are not allowed to touch them and therefore none are coming home with us)

16.) the number of times Landon played his new favorite game “Ga-Ga Ball”

11.) the number of home cooked meals eaten (that may be more than he’s had all summer–😳)

9.) the number of socks packed

8.) the number of underwear packed.

5.) the number of shorts/shirts packed

4.) the number of nights Landon stayed in a cabin at church camp.

3.) the number of times he said he brushed his teeth. (note–there was uncertainty in his voice)

3.) the number of “interest” group sessions he had. (2 of which were basketball, and the other —ga ga ball)

3.) the number of times he “thinks” he took a shower (insert more uncertainty)

3.) the number of his underwear soaking wet at the lost and found table. (Uhhhh.)

2.) the number of girls I saw him talking to.

1.) the number of times he has ever been to camp

0.) the number of times he said he was homesick. ( seriously?–not even at night? “Nope!”)


Basketball buddies from rival teams!

Trying hard to stay awake on the way home.


And…he’s out.

Happy to have him home. Not as much to deal with these wet undies. So glad we checked the lost and found.

Decision made and so is the pie!!


“Prom through the decades” is happening this weekend! And I finally made a decision and narrowed down my prom dress choices. Thank you to so many of you for offering and letting me try dresses—this was fun and scary all in one! Ha!! Here is your glimpse—what era did I go with?

Let’s just say, I’m putting on some ruby red lips to match…and oh boy—Steve’s attire may include some polyester? Still working on that.

Tonight is the night for your chance to earn a slice of the pie, while getting some major discounted products! I will be mostly showing sale products tonight as the sale ends in 2 days!!! But it’s really ending in one if you want me to help you out, because we will be heading out to KC early Friday morning.

The {rewards} pie is definitely growing over here—and you may grow a bit if you indulge in a piece of this tonight…

And don’t forget, while this sale is going on, so is the sale on owning your own business!

The next couple of days are going to be BUSY. Be checking Facebook and the blog for special product highlights as we close out the last of the sale. And here’s another fave for all of the little girls in your life…

These puzzles are keepers through the generations and so is the message of “God’s Light in Me”. It’s beautiful, big, and a perfect gift for your puzzle lovers out there—and puzzles are great for your brain—(is that why I struggle with them?) AND only $14!!!!

blown away.


If you have talked to me recently about my Mary & Martha business and ministry, I would tell you I have some BIG goals.  Specifically, I want to share with as many people as possible.  In talking with my Regional Director, there should and could be a consultant for every 1000 people!  I have A LOT of work to do.  Let me re-phrase that—my team has a lot of work to do.  And it’s exciting stuff.

I’ve known now the last couple of years how much I love the products and the mission.  I’ve realized how much I really love to sell it.  And have seen first hand the ministry aspect to this business continually.  Whether it’s the people God brings to the gathering, or the people He is nudging to use through Mary & Martha, or the testimonies and gatherings where conversations happen, His fingerprints are everywhere.  These things are completely motivating.

Moving on to the BIG goals ahead…

Details are not important, other than the fact that our team, TEAM TRUST, is growing.  It is growing with amazing women.  Some as close as my own neighbors! (which makes me giddy!) And some are tapping other areas that are new to Mary & Martha.  It is obvious God has a plan to reach people through this business and ministry.  And His timing is right on.

The biggest goal I have is for our team to reach each and every community in our area.  And we are well on our way.  Although as I said, there is much work to be done.  Many communities who could use dozens of Mary & Martha consultants.

If YOU are reading this and think, “oh my goodness, I wonder if she’s talking to me”–I have news for you.  I AM!  If you are feeling that little nudge or curiosity and are realizing, I don’t think I know anyone else in Mary & Martha?  Then you could be the one we are looking for.

We just had two gals answer the call in the Wichita area.  Exciting because Wichita could  use hundreds of consultants!

Sometimes God calls you and you have no idea it was going to happen.  And this may have been the case with my new friend, Larissa Freeman, last night at her gathering.

Larissa already has the heart for business and ministry with her boutique Cricket Alley in Wichita.  If you are local, you NEED to check it out.  As I was getting to know Larissa after her gathering, her heart for women was shown to me.  Her mission field expands way further than just in her shop.  And we both knew that Mary & Martha was what God is leading her to for this time.


The coolest thing is that to sign up for the next couple of days it is HALF OFF.  You ask most of my team and they will tell you, you will make that $$ back and then some in your very first announcement gathering.  It is barely a risk.


Are you the next member of TEAM TRUST?

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord your God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight”.

I wanna be tangled up.


Getting Landon ready for camp this weekend left me with guilt and disappointment.  We were forever searching for his bible.  And couldn’t find it.  Granted, we had many bibles to choose from.  Kids bibles, a really cool sports bible (which he ended up taking), BUT he does have his very own neat Adventure Bible.  And nowhere to be found.

I did eventually find it.  Of course, on his dresser, camouflaged with a KU Jayhawks book cover hours after we dropped him off at camp.  I started thinking, as a Children’s Ministry guru—how many times have I even encouraged our kids at church to bring their bibles?  We have bibles there for them all to use, so I’ve always gone with that.  But COME ON STEPH!!  They should be the book they reach for at home.  They should know exactly where it’s at.

And then it hit me.  Is it the book I reach for first at home?  Did I take my bible to church yesterday?  Oh my goodness…no.  I didn’t.

We had a great message yesterday, but one thing that stood out more than anything to me was this…

Are you doing life WITH God?  Or are you just spending moments with Him.

I love my early morning alone time before the kids get me going in the day.  I love my Jesus Calling devotional.  I read the scripture it references.  I get the K-Love verse of the day to my inbox.  I’m doing good, right?

Doesn’t feel much to me like I’m all tangled up doing life with God.  It’s more like I’m spending moments.  Which is a good start.  But I have a long way to go.  And if I want my kids to do life?  It’s going to have to start with ME.


when your baby goes to camp…


The day didn’t start out with excitement. Apprehension, angst, and worry. And that wasn’t even Landon! {ok–I am kidding–kind of?}

Rooming with one of your best buds, new basketball goals at camp, and a Walmart shopping trip to pick out soap, a toothbrush, and flip flops just sealed the deal.


I have a feeling the “Wasp’s Nest” cabin will never be the same. And Thursday will be a day of a tired grumpy little boy with a bag full of stinky clothes, and hopefully a lot of stories of a fantastic week!