SLOW + SACRED picture books

I have received many inquiries about adding picture books to the slow + sacred weekly themes.  Though these readings are not at all required to journey through Advent, they do add a beautiful piece to the whole.  You can find the books at the link below. Scroll to the very bottom of the list and click on the note icon on the right for more information.  Happy reading!

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slow + sacred ADVENT 2019 calendar

Greetings!  slow + sacred ADVENT begins Sunday, November 25th.  We begin earlier than  the traditional Advent calendar so that we can engage in a full four weeks of activities and so that we are completed before Christmas Eve + Christmas Day.  Below is a printable 2019 calendar.  Print off the new calendar, and prepare your hearts + homes to celebrate the season.  Don’t forget to share your journey through slow + sacred over on Instagram at #slowandsacredadvent  And enjoy perusing through the sweet images, as others share their journey.  It’s always so inspirational.  Wishing you all the delights of the season.




slow + sacred ADVENT supply list

Greetings friends!  Advent is quickly approaching.  Next Sunday, November 26th begins our four week journey.  A sweet mama, Carrie Beth @thehousewhereloveishome made these supply cards (link below) and graciously shared them with our community!  There is one large master list as well as four, small individual weekly lists- so use whatever works best for you.  Enjoy!  And thanks Carrie Beth!  I’m so looking forward to walking through the season with y’all and can’t wait to see how you implement slow + sacred ADVENT in your homes.  I’ll be checking  #slowandsacredadvent regularly, and posting inspiration throughout the season.  Prepare Him room, friends.




slow + sacred advent weekly supply cards

slow + sacred ADVENT 2017 revisions

Greetings!  Advent is quickly approaching.  If you have purchased a slow + sacred ADVENT book before today, Friday, October 27, 2017- thank you!  I’d like to offer you the following two revisions.  An updated, 2017 calendar as well as the recipe for Orange Cake, in which the error of forgetting the sugar in the recipe was fixed!  Yikes!  How can we have cake without sugar?  Sorry about that folks, but thank you for your sweet grace & understanding.  Print off the two revisions, and prepare your hearts to celebrate the season.  I look forward to journeying with you again, and can’t wait to see it all unfold over on Instagram at #slowandsacredadvent


Orange Cake




Gathered Thoughts


As my boys and I partake in the offerings of nature, we cannot help but gather treasures we stumble upon.  The outdoors, it is a beautiful classroom in which to cultivate the skill of careful observation and the habit of attention.  It is easy and common to go about one’s day with such a focus, that the beauty around is missed.  A walk in nature provides many and varied opportunities to not only delight in the beauty of creation, but to organically “teach” these beneficial concepts.  Though such treasures are gathered, not all are kept.  Some are beautiful.  Meaningful even.  While others are riddled with pesky insects still crawling within.  Sometimes, we are able to see that we should not take these treasures.  But there have been times where those lil bugs are hiding, and we don’t know until we have gotten our gathered goods home, they have sat a few days within our nature collection, and then slowly they make their way out- showing us our treasure was not so much a treasure!

Now let us consider our hearts and the inter webs.  As we partake, clicking from site to site, we too cannot help but to gather “treasures” we stumble upon.  The online world surely has our observation and attention these days.  So to, it is easy and common to focus on what we are seeing, floating around social media.  It is easy and common to desire that which we see, while missing the beauty that has been afforded to us.  Time online can surely be an encouragement.  Treasures of truth and wisdom can be gathered. But sometimes, we can stumble upon thoughts riddled with pesky insects crawling within.  We can take those thoughts into our hearts, and we may not realize that which we have taken, is not a treasure after all, but in fact, it was riddled with pesky bugs.

Let us learn from our littles.  From our walks in nature.  From our “treasures” gathered.  That we might learn to discern that which we take.  That we can easily identify when what was taken, was not actually a “treasure” after all.  Let us read through filtered lenses, not easily and quickly taking others’ words and opinions into our hearts, but with careful observation and attention, deeply considering and weighing them.  Let us be gatherers of beautiful and meaningful.