Welcome to Forest Idylls

Moments of hope in a forest of hardship

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Wall of Tears

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Sometimes it takes more courage to live than to die.


Your past does not define your future.


A mask cannot hide who you are.

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Podcasts and Conferences

There’s a country song that has been going over and over in my head this month, called Sounds Like Life to Me by Darryl Worley. Essentially the song talks about how crazy life is and how no matter how much we want life to be predictable and/or fairytale-ish, it’s actually unpredictable with lots of ups…

The Overland Trails: Overview

I know what you are all thinking: “Um, Jacinta, you promised us a part two of that AMAZING historical fashion overview…what on earth is this?? I’ve been on pins and needles ALL WEEK waiting to see how fashion changed once it hit the 1850s!” Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten. Part 2 is coming next month.…

19th Century Fashion: Part One

I love historical fashion. I know. Shock. Take a moment to recover, please. All right, that’s enough. But, lucky for YOU ALL LOVELY READERS, I’ve decided to combine my love of historical fashion and my blogging so that you also can have the benefit of learning more about clothing. No, it has nothing to do…

Dinner at 1800: Apple Fritters

I’m trying something new! Well, actually two new things. Wow, God has really been taking me out of my comfort zone lately. But at the same time, I am pretty excited! I feel like God recently removed another level of the fear that always tries to control my life, and it has opened me up…


I’ve been writing stories since I was 8-years-old. Find out about my works-in-progress and read some short stories on my page Writing!


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About Me

I am a faithful Christian, a hopeful writer, and a hopeless romantic. I love hats, cross-stitching, magic, and reading. Find out more in my Just Me page.

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