Surreal|

Uncertain of how long it might take for me to realize that this is home. I am blessed beyond measure!
Had a lovely beach day with my friend Sam and Keona puppy!

17 hours ago

Meadows|

Ever since I was a child, through all of the hardships of growing up in a broken home, a single mother caring for her five children and my wandering youth of trying to navigate myself through the hormones and emotions, God has always revealed Himself in tangible ways.
I know some have not had this opportunity, however, I know for myself this was possible through my circumstances placing me in a very humble state of mind. Despite feeling life’s swirling chaos of change, this season of fall and growth, there is a steadfast peace encompassing the core of my being which keeps me grounded in Him.
He will always remain good no matter how bad things seem, if only we’ll allow Him to be that for us.

This passage below has been with me in my heart since I was a very young girl and it serves incessantly as a reminder of His Sovereignty.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Psalm‬ ‭23‬:‭1-6‬|

1 week ago

Good Times|

This culture in which we reside serves us an abundance of fleeting experiences disguised by the veil of happiness fun and flavor. In which we tumultuously spend in extravagance a fortune which does exist.
We have all been there, this merely being observed from personal reflection.
Yet as I prepare to depart from my home, my country, my friends and family, and as I am about to embark on an incredible journey which will certainly change my life, I begin to see the path which I desire to travel.
No honorable change comes without some excruciating pain and an enormous amount of work. And thus begins the pruning of the Gardner.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭1-2‬ NIV) (at National On 10th)

1 week ago

Shisso Infusions|

Did someone say Bourbon infused Chai?!?
Yup, I did.

Infusing my left over my smokey Lapsang Spouchong Chai with Knob Creek’s Bourbon and some Coconut Almond Milk.

1 week ago

Grateful|
Just wanted to give a shout out to all those who have encouraged and supported me through this crazy transition in my life.
I’m about to embark on an insanely amazing journey, no thanks to the support I’ve been blessed with from all you amazing people.
Shisso Tea will be launching, growing and venturing to incredible places that we would have never imagined in order to provide you with some amazing tea.
Please continue to support the sourcing and blending of incredible teas by yours truly, so that we can change the tea world.
Please follow: @shissotea (at Nessa’s Wonderhut)

2 weeks ago

Simplicity|

Give me sunshine, give me palm trees, give me beaches, give me the ocean and watch me blossom like a hibiscus. (at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino)

2 weeks ago

Freemont| the original strip.

What a unique world we live.
This is all. (at Fremont Street Experience)

2 weeks ago

I’m in it|

Like the wildest summer prairie storms, the torrents of rain cutting through the sky like torpedoes, so quick sudden. I am overwhelmed.

All I see are dark grey clouds
In the distance moving closer with every hour.
So when you ask “Was something wrong?”,
That I think “You’re damn right there is but we can’t talk about it now.
No, we can’t talk about it now.”

It’s as though all things are being stripped from me, job, cat, car life here in Alberta as I know it.
With everything changing at once, all I can hope for is that there is something incredible beyond all this.
I am trusting that there is a greater purpose, greater plan and that God will carry me through all of this with grace and humility.

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

4 weeks ago

Thankful|

This one is for all of you, faithful, incredible generous and unwavering followers. I can’t begin to share with you how grateful I am to have some of the most incredible people on Instagram following me. Some of them who I have never even met before have helped to support me through this difficult time in losing my Kenya cat on Sunday. I am taken aback by how incredible humans can really be and I want to thank you all for helping me restore that perspective.

No matter how deep the waters rise or the darkness pours in, there is still a reflection of Love in the most unexpected places.

Thank you all again so very much.

4 weeks ago

Goodbye my friend|

This is Kenya my 5 year Himilayan who has been one of the most important creatures in my life over the past 4 years. I had taken him in and adopted him into my life in a time when my whole world was changing. He brought me so much love, joy and comfort when I had changed jobs, changed homes and my 3 year relationships all happened in the span of a month. He was one of the most loving, laid back feline I’ve ever met.

He recently developed a liver disease. He has been in the hospital for the last few days and his blood pressure had been significantly worsening and unfortunately despite all of the hard work the doctors did to help him I had to have him put down. I am now left with a $2000 vet bill that will be struggling to pay for. Drowning in that kind of financial debt after losing one of your dearest friends is just the cherry on top. Please help ease the burden by donating whatever you might be able to, I would be so beyond grateful for any support.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Sincerely,
Vanessa

www.gofundme.com/d55vxw

1 month ago

This is Kenya, my 5 year Himilayan who has been one of the most important creatures in my life over the past 4 years. I taken him in and adopted him into my life in a time when my whole world was changing, he brought me so much love and joy and comfort when I had changed jobs, moved houses and my 3 year relationship ended. He is one of the most loving, laid back felines I’ve ever met. Recently he developed a liver disease and has been in the hospital for the last few days with his blood pressure significantly worsening. I have already invested $2500 into his recovery and with them wanting him to stay longer to recover, it will cost another $1500 approximately. Please help me with his recovery, he means the world to me and I would be heartbroken to lose him.
You can donate some money if you are able at:
gofundme.com/d55vxw

1 month ago

Seek and you shall find|

1 month ago

Today marks my quarter century milestone. I feel so incredibly blessed by the people in my life who have been so incredibly supportive and encouraging to me. I would not be the woman I am today nor the woman I am to become! Thanks to everyone for all the birthday love thus far in my day, I am beyond grateful!

1 month ago

Rooted|

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
Psalm‬ ‭18‬:‭33‬ NIV|

1 month ago

Roots|

The beginning of something new is the time to plant your roots.
No new friendship begins without the acceptance of the other and the commitment to see something grow.

1 month ago