Tea Party Tidbits #13 – The Benefit of Boundaries & An Offer Just for You!

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

Happy Weekend Friend! I have two things to share with you today: 1) A thought about the benefit of boundaries and 2) An offer exclusive to my subscribers! (If you’ve come from Instagram or another source, you can subscribe here: http://lookupsometimes.com/follow/ ) A THOUGHT ABOUT BOUNDARIES I read a devotional today by Sarah Young in Read More

Tea Party Tidbits #8 – Dangerous Safety: Is It Worth It?

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

I’ve recently grappled with the definition of safety: mine vs God’s. And it makes me really uneasy when I consider how dangerous real safety might be. I mean, I know the story of what happened to Jesus and he’s the one I’m claiming to follow. Where exactly are we going, God? Being free from fear Read More

Tea Party Tidbits #7 – Feeling Fearful?

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

This should’ve been obvious, I suppose, but it dawned on me this week in conversation with friends why fear is a sin: it twists my perspective onto me – my abilities to handle a situation, my ability to make things turn out right, my power to change things. And plenty of situations stretch beyond my Read More

Continuing Life One Courageous, Common Day at a Time

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill My garden is doing this with or without me. If you are a real gardener, I imagine you might scoff at my garden plot. It’s not impressive – just a small strip of malnourished dirt that Read More

Surprising Inspiration for Perfectionists from a Grape Hyacinth

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

My mom recently reminded me of our spontaneous, haphazard planting spree fifteen years ago. To this day, it’s a source of delight on so many levels. I’d spent the damp spring week at my parent’s home, a showcase of Pacific Northwest beauty. Always one to improve status quo, Mom held up tiny bags of flower Read More

Blue Gatorade, an ER Visit & Easter Ponderings

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

              We’d not intended for this brand of excitement at the end of our spring break vacation. We’d driven to Indianapolis and meandered four stories of awesomeness in the children’s museum. It was a highlight for our 6 and 8-year old. All four of us – Paul, the kids Read More

Focus on Beauty – Snippets to Make You Smile

Pearl Allard

Pearl Allard

Midwest writer. Beauty seeker. Wife. Mama. Offering encouragement from the perspective of a sunflower - bask in the Sonshine and grow towards the Light.
Pearl Allard

I was encouraged by a Facebook post I saw today. Author Susie Finkbeiner, a woman I respect and admire, acknowledged the winter gloominess but asked what is hopeful in our lives? “Just some little sparks of hope, joy, and love that are making you smile” to brighten the day? I loved this idea! Apparently I Read More