Milly Becoming Wilder

"So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed" John 8:36

Your Childhood Joy

Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you were downtrodden, depressed, anxious, or lonely? Maybe you’re experiencing that time right now? Unfortunately, I’ve spent a great deal of my adult life like that, despite having a relationship with Christ.

The Bible says Jesus came so we could have life to the full (John 10:10), and yet so many of us live without joy. We can blame this on others, on circumstances, on things out of our control…but I don’t believe that’s the real issue. Continue reading

July 2016 Update

I had good intentions to write this post early in the month, but it’s summer in the Midwest, and we are living life to the fullest while the weather is warm. Maybe it’s better, because I have more to say than I did 26 days ago. When you’re raising tiny people, a lot can happen in the span of a month.

Josiah has been equally adorable and hilarious this month, as he continues to grow into the role of big brother. He insists that he loves his sister more than anyone else, and that she feels the same about him. I know that their bond is sacred, and I’m content to take a backseat. They both still know who to come to when they’re hungry <snicker>.

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A White Girl from a Small Town

Laying awake at 4 am trying to grasp for straws. Social media is a whirlwind of people falling on either side of a debate that shouldn’t be. There’s been violence once again in our country. White cops, black civilians and vice versa. Just a short time ago, it was an Islamic man and homosexuals. In a country that’s supposed to be about equality, there sure is a lot of hatred and brutality based on differences.

I just can’t understand it, if I’m being honest. Other than offering prayers, I don’t usually fall on either side of these debates. I don’t feel like I can speak with any kind of authority in these situations, so I just keep quiet. I’m a white girl from a small town. What do I really know about race relations? Continue reading

May/June 2016 Update

At six weeks after giving birth to my second child, I now understand why bloggers announce their temporary hiatus from blogging at big life changes. The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of emotions, activity, and learning.

On May 4th, after only a few hours of labor, Hosanna Lynn Marie was born via C-section. Continue reading

April 2016 Update

Greetings! In the last month, the main focus around here has shifted primarily to preparing for Baby Dummel #2, whose arrival is just around the corner! We’ve made a lot of progress on the house, making it more functional and cozy. Pictures and artwork have been hung, and we created a pegboard wall for the kitchen that I just love. The majority of the credit for the projects goes to Dustin, who is truly selfless and wants to see this momma happy with her nest. My dad lent tools, supplies, and a helpful hand, as well. I’m so thankful and blessed!



Although I have slowed down making jewelry, for obvious reasons, I was still able to make this custom set. I love, love, love wood burning, and I can’t wait to learn more over time.


I was also able to get a lot more organized, while fostering creativity, through Bullet Journaling. It has really changed my days for the better, and I have a place to save little treasures like the quote below. I’ll likely write on this in more detail in the future, but for now, check out


Josiah and I made the best of the warmer days, although they were fewer than we’d have liked. A little piece of wisdom…if your life feels too chaotic, go throw rocks in a river with a kid. Instant calm. Also, invest in “squeaky boots” (rain boots). I plan to buy myself a pair, because they are useful in all seasons.


We also got to explore the Creation Museum with friends from church. I learned a thing or two, but mostly enjoyed watching Josiah. He loves animals and learning about the Bible. I hope that is something we can continue to foster as he grows.



Resurrection Sunday is the BEST holiday, if you ask me. It is the celebration of our victory, our hope, our future in Jesus Christ, who rose from the grave! This year, we were blessed with a warm, sunny weekend to celebrate.


That week, my very talented sister took time out to take some maternity photos for us. She is such an artist. I’m so thankful for her talent and her willingness to do this totally last minute, since I’m not on top of things lately!

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I completely understand why women do maternity photos closer to the beginning of the third trimester. I felt as big as a house and slow as a turtle while she was taking these photos. But I love how they turned out! I can’t get enough. They capture the love of my husband and son, and the joy that is found in growing life! I am blessed beyond measure.

Goals for April 2016

  • REST.

My next monthly update will include newborn baby pictures. Eek! I hope you have a blessed month!

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