As a child, the highlight of my summers was gathering stones, leaves, and pieces of driftwood in the mountains and streams of Southern Colorado. The mountains were ripe with trophies to gather and admire. The mountains were magical in their beauty and complete “otherness.” A young girl from South Texas truly learned to worship God near the headwaters of the Rio Grande River.
As an adult, I pursued the study of theology, a career in ministry, and growing a family. The man I married learned to love the mountains too and we continue the tradition of summer excursions to the San Juan Mountains. Every trip feels like a pilgrimage, always reconnecting me to my love of the earth and it’s wonders.
A few years ago, I was given an Anglican Rosary. I discovered that the focus of praying with beads is very helpful to me. An overwhelming need to be creative spurred my desire to “play with beads” leading me to create my first Anglican Rosary. I couldn’t bear the thought of it being lovely and meant to be kept in a pouch or pocket. It seemed destined to need a clasp to be worn. I love the idea of wearing prayer; of wearing a tangible reminder to be at prayer. So Gracefull Things was born.
I will always love the mountains. I still love gathering rocks. I love the feel of stones in my hand and the search and stories behind the various elements that become my little works.