Hi! My name is Stephanie Joy and I have to admit to you that I have no idea what I’m doing. Really. This blog is about whatever interests me right now, and right now, that includes sewing, knitting, gardening, canning, living simply, raising kids, reading lots of books, everyday liturgical practices, sustainability, living in “enough”, personality frameworks, and pursuing creativity in my everyday life. Writing this blog is part of my self-care as a stay-at-home mama, a record of things that don’t involve diapers or dishes, a place to interact with people who share similar creative interests.
I am married to a good man, and have two wonderful girls. We currently live on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, where the trees are tall and the winters mild. We make messes and make music and grow food and grow up and travel and all kinds of other things, and I get a lot of it wrong, a lot of the time. But I believe that God’s grace is bigger, his love more incredible, his mercy more beautiful than all of my shortcomings, so every day is a new day in him, full of joy to be discovered.
I believe in the God who is present – present to us in the person of Jesus, present as our Father in prayer, present in our daily lives as the Holy Spirit. As people created in his image, we also are creative, charged with being a part of bringing the shalom of his kingdom into this world.
Plants take root in good soil, with the right conditions of sunlight and water. And strong roots can withstand the fiercest of storms. Joy takes root in our hearts, strengthened by regular practices of giving thanks and giving up. This idea always reminds me of this passage from Jeremiah 17:
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord.
They are like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green,
and it is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
May you find deep roots like these, just as I am finding them.
Love that you’re here! Thanks for stopping by.
A note about the business of blogging: In case you were wondering, I don’t receive any payment or kickback from anything I do or say here on the blog, or from any products, books, or sites that I link to. I deeply admire my fellow bloggers who support their families by the hard work of blogging, and I love finding out about great products or services through their recommendations. However, in order for me to feel free to use my own blog as a personal creative space, I’ve decided not to pursue any revenue-making opportunities through this blog at this time. If I link to something, it’s because I thought you might be interested in it, and it is not my intention to make anyone feel like they have to purchase something because I told them to! Also, because I’ve chosen the free plan for my WordPress blog, they put advertising on the site themselves, which will sometimes – but not always – come up while you are reading here. I appreciate being able to write in this blog for free, and I also appreciate you coming back to read it.