Edith Stein

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. She died in the Holocaust and she was pure light in this darkness. 

I love this quote by her:

God is there in these moments of rest and can give us in a single instant exactly what we need. Then the rest of the day can take its course, under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace. And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him. Then you will be able to rest in Him — really rest — and start the next day as a new life.
— Edith Stein
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If you haven't read her before or want to dive deeper into her life and love of God here are some great books! Click the image to go to Amazon.

Edith Stein Woman

This is my favorite one

Essential Writings

Embracing Edith Stein

by Anne Costa

Autobiography

Spiritual Essays

Written by Edith

We're Getting Married!

Paul asked me to marry him on January 6, 2018 in Joshua Tree, on a pile of boulders overlooking the vast land, just the two of us. It was pure magic. We are getting married on December 8, 2018 (the feast of the Immaculate Conception!). We asked Sarah to come to my neighborhood to capture us where we spent many of our dates and time falling in love. 

We drink so much coffee so we had to photograph the coffee shop down the street from my house. 

Then over to Echo Park Lake for a little stroll. 

We saw the churro set up and knew we just had to have some. We patiently waited in line and then had the most delicious churros of our lives. (I got her card so that we can hire her to come to the wedding!)

Paul is my guy and I am ever so lucky to have his love and to get to journey through the rest of our days together. 

All photographs are taken by Sarah Ellefson

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The Resurrection.

Easter Comes

For years now, I've been saying that my story is one of resurrection. I have lived days, months, years in darkness and one day the stone was rolled from the tomb and my life was flooded with light and hope. 

Something I love about the liturgical calendar is that the cyclical nature helps us reflect on how God acts and moves in our lives. Today is Holy Thursday and I remembered having written something about Holy Week two years ago after a break up. I searched for it and read it, tears filling my eyes. Somehow in my sadness, I was able to see that the story didn't end there.

I have had a blog post drafted since the week I got engaged about the process of meeting the man I'm going to marry. I remembered finding so much hope when Christina shared about her trials and difficulties of dating and ultimately meeting her now husband, Christian. I wanted to give other gals who are (im)patiently waiting to meet their spouse, hope, too. 

I hadn't felt called to share that story yet. And then while reading my two year old post, through the tears, I audibly laughed. Easter isn't about this event that happened once, an event that happened over 2,000 years ago, an event that none of were present for. Easter is happening all around us, today, in our current lives! And we can see it and experience it if we are present in the here and now. We are a resurrection people, after all. 

I will quote myself from March 25, 2016:

I am a part of humanity, I am not exempt from the suffering. But I also know that light enters the darkness and overcomes it. I know that on the other side of sadness is joy. I know that the suffering is not for naught. I know that Easter comes.

It took me almost a year to heal my broken heart from that relationship that ended two years ago. It wasn't an easy one. I felt unloveable and unable to love another well enough. But things changed, hope returned, I got to serve my community through my business here at Be A Heart. I did so many things I love, I traveled, I had spiritual direction and weekly therapy. Yet, two weeks before I met Paul in May 2017, I sobbed to my therapist that I would never.ever.ever. meet anybody. ever. 

 Photograph by Sarah Ellefson

Photograph by Sarah Ellefson

And then one day, at my friend's housewarming party, there he was sitting alone at a table. I believe that both Paul and I were seeking God’s presence in our lives and in that seeking we found each other. He is my every day Easter. God surely did lead me to the joy, the hope, the light of the resurrection and continues to do it in all areas of my life. Let this year's Triduum be a reminder that suffering doesn't last forever and only ever leads us to more love and light than we had before.

We must continue to live in the hope of the Resurrection.

Gifting the Perfect Personalized Watch.

It's no secret that I am (overly) excited about finally getting to be the bride. I have worked with so many amazing couples planning all the tiny details of their weddings. When we begin to work on their paper goods, I always ask lots of questions about their story, their personal styles and how they want their guests to feel at their wedding. 

It is always about personalization. And now that I'm going through the experience myself, I see how truly important that is. I, of course, had so many ideas of what I wanted on my wedding day, but all of that changed when I met the man that I would actually be marrying. We have so many quirky things between the two of us and it is going to be so much fun to invite our friends and family into that. 

So when Jord sent me their gorgeous wooden watch with a personalized box, I got so excited. We have been looking for gifts for our loved ones involved in our wedding and this personalized watch is the perfect find. Both the back of the watch and the box can be engraved. 

The unique watches are made out of wood and there are a lot of beautiful options to match many different styles. I got the Ebony and Sable.

They are perfect for parent gifts, bridal party gifts, or bride and groom gifts. 

I vainly chose to write my future Mrs. name (can't believe my name is going to be Erica Campbell!!!) 

I imagine writing "We love you, xx Paul and Erica" or for my husband "To my sweetest husband, I'll love you forever."

The best part is that Jord is giving one lucky winner $100 to purchase a watch of your own! And as an added bonus, the winner can have me to letter their message if they wish! Just follow the link below to enter.

What are your favorite personalization ideas for wedding gifts?

Then Sings My Soul.

A few weeks ago Ike and Emily were singing How Great Thou Art. 

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art. 
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, 
How great Thou art, How great Thou art! 

My heart stopped at "then sings my soul." That's it. My soul sings. 

My soul sings in the difficult times. My soul sings in the joyful times. My soul sings when I don't know what is coming and my soul sings when I rest. 

I found this journal at my parents' house last weekend written for my future children by my 16 year old self. After reading the first part, I'm 100% sure that I will never give them that journal. I found a note from a particularly difficult time in my family life - a story that is not mine to tell - and in the anger and sadness, I ended the note with the love of God. Then my soul sings.

Another entry was after I lost the student council race for the FOURTH year in a row. I think back now and I have no idea how I had the guts to run after all the losses. And there in my junior year of high school, I worked through feeling like a total loser (actually wrote that). I let my sadness pour out. And yet on the next page I praised God for the beauty in my life. Then my soul sings. 

I got to live in Brazil and make so many beautiful friends for a year and a half that forever changed my life. There my soul sang. And when I left them and my heart was broken, oh boy did my soul sing then. 

I have gone through more heartbreaks than I can count on my fingers. I felt alone and wondered when it would be my turn. I lost hope and gained hope. I got hurt and I loved again. And through it all, my soul sings. 

And now I get to marry this man and I can't believe it's real life. And I say once again, then my soul sings. 

In and out, up and down, my soul sings. 

I wanted a big print of it to remind me, to see daily and say yes, my soul sings. It finally made its way from my heart to my head to my hands to you. 

You can purchase it in our shop AND now through the end of the month, you can get $20 off an order of $175 at Framebridge, my preferred framing method. (use code TWENTY175)