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amazing season!

so… i am 41 years old.
i was a football cheerleader for four years in high school.
i have been to tons of games – pee-wee, middle school, high school, college!
i have “watched” football for most of my life.
but literally until Sean’s last two games… i had never really been IN it.
my eyes were seeing the games but my mind just didn’t engage.
there are so many weird rules and points and flags and numbers.
i just had no clue what was truly happening other than who had the ball and what the score was.

BUT during the semi-final game – it was like it all clicked – my head with my heart.
i watched every play.   i was yelling and cheering!  i wanted those boys to win!
i knew how hard they’d worked ALL season and what a big deal these wins were.
our town’s football team hadn’t made it this far since the 90’s.

they made it all the way to the State Championships!
they played in the afternoon in a college stadium.
and i think our entire town came to cheer them on!
we had the lead from the end of the first quarter.
those boys were making great decisions and working together so well.
i was updating scott by text constantly who was in nebraska at a basketball tournament.
i finally made craig do it so i could save my battery.
it turned into a heart breaker of a game – went into overtime at 42 – 42.
the other team scored a touchdown and all of sudden it was over.
it was silent on our side of the stands.
tears from the boys and lots from their mamas too.
we were just sure they’d win it.
darn it.
they played their hearts out!
sean’s personal cheering section!

Pam Weaver is a local photographer.
I am SO GRATEFUL that she has been photographing our sports teams!
she’s super talented at it and of course she’s an excellent family photographer as well.
i pulled a few from her blog that had Sean in them.  🙂

sean is a lineman.
i can’t even tell you the actual position… no clue.
as the season progressed i started watching only sean every play.
i wouldn’t know where the ball was but i knew where sean was…. because i’m his mom!
he’s the only reason i am sitting out there in the first place.

we had the weirdest wonderful weather this whole season.
usually we are freezing to death by now!
it didn’t even get chilly for the games until mid November.
it was really nice to not have to endure rain or ice or snow!
our team’s mascot is a Swather.
in case you don’t know what that is…. it’s that big red machine behind the boys.
our mascot is a tractor.
actually… it’s a piece of equipment that you attach to a tractor!
according to wikipedia: A swather is a farm implement that cuts hay or small grain crops and forms them into a windrow. “Swather” is predominantly the North American term for these machines.
our town has a large manufacturing company that makes those swathers.

sean was interviewed for an area newspaper after a game.
these three pictures are all the sophomores on the team.
they have already changed so much since jr high and i’m sure that won’t stop soon.
i know we will see some great football in the next two years from these guys!
what a wild season!
we couldn’t be more proud of sean and his teammates.
we hope for more dancing from their coach next year.
(see my instagram here and here and here)

and since football season lasted so much longer than it usually does… they have their first basketball game on friday!

no rest for the awesome.


Cassandra - No rest for the awesome, HA! love that! Great job Sean & team!!

Beth - I had no idea what a Swather was…and I’m married to a third generation John Deere salesman/dealer. Whoops. Well, now I know. Your blog is so educational. Ha!

Michelle from Australia - Thanks for pointing out what a Swather is and that the red tractor in the photo wasn’t a piece of machinery someone had forgot to put away! Well done to Sean and his team mates. And yes, how beautiful the weather in Kansas was in November. I certainly loved it not being cold when I visited.

Wendy C - Nothing better than watching your kids participating in any activity that they love – win or lose – although so much more fun when they win!

Lisa M. - Congratulations! That is such an accomplishment! My husband coaches for the local high school’s varsity football team and four years ago they made it to the final four in the state. That is a BIG deal around here. Our games went until the middle of December and it was the most exciting thing! And I didn’t even have a player on the team, just my husband as a coach! Our son and I went to every game and I can still remember the atmosphere of those games. Incredible. Thanks for sharing. This brought back some wonderful memories!

Southern Gal - Oh, that’s heartbreaking. Been there, done that, but great job! I love that your mascot is the Swather! I had no idea what that was. And Sean looks so much like his dad.

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Camp CREATE coming in April 2017

Camp is SOLD OUT!
but if you’d like to be a waiting list for possible cancelations leave your info in the comments.



in 2014 i began dreaming and praying about what kind of place this camp could be…


– a place where women could enjoy a longer stay for a true break from the everyday routines.
– to create & feel confident that they were created for a purpose.
– to be reminded that they are God’s Masterpiece.
– to learn more about the plans God has for each of us.
– to explore WHY their art and gifts are important.
– to feel empowered as artists.
– to be in a beautiful space that sparks inspiration in every corner.
– to see that WHO they are..right now just as they are… matters and means something!
– to know that the desire to create is instilled in them by God and it’s REAL.
– to feel safe to share their dreams
– to be taken care of and pampered (women are always care giving… this is a time to be cared FOR)
– to grow spiritually, emotionally and creatively
– to uncover what their dreams might be if they don’t know
– to have a restful place to CREATE & PLAY
– to discover more about our identities in Christ.
– to be encouraged to SHINE everyday no matter their life circumstances

and God is continuing to make this happen!
CAMP CREATE is where for four wonderful days we will focus on the gifts of creativity, learning about God’s unique design for each of us and how God makes us artists.

even if you have never painted a painting or sculpted a pot… you are still an artist!

If you don’t consider yourself a “real artist” you will still fit perfectly at Camp.
all skill levels are welcome!  beginner to professional!
you have a purpose and goals and a heart that is worth fighting for!
God put a need to create inside us…there are endless ways that it can show itself…not just paint or pencils.
He made us in His image.
He filled our hearts with Dreams!


if you still don’t know what i am talking about you can read here about our past camps:

Camp CREATE 2016 – fall

Camp CREATE 2016 – spring

Camp CREATE 2015

Camp CREATE 2014

they were the best weeks!!!
Our speaker this April will be Jessica Thompson!
Each day she will share in the morning & evening, challenging us with questions to answer in our quiet times and thoughts to consider while we are creating.
you are going to love Jessica!
She’s a speaker, an author, podcaster and so lovely.
I loved her book Everyday Grace!

Our Art Instructors for Camp:

Rachel Denbow will teach a workshop on weaving!
She published a book this year called DIY Woven Art.
we are going to have so much fun with all this texture and color!!!
Mary Wagerin  will be teaching a workshop in paint, journaling & mixed media.
her colors and style just make me so happy.
i can’t wait to sit and create with her!
and ME!
i usually come up with projects to teach just before the camp.
it’s always a fun project but i like to keep it a surprise!

we will teach skills and techniques that are unique to each of our giftings.
our days at camp are full of creating art together that is centered in our joy of using our hands to MAKE stuff!
our time is very free flowing and open ended… it is seriously FABULOUS.

Kimberlee Jost is in charge of all the meals at Camp.
she is so talented in preparing delicious food and making it look easy and effortless.
i am so happy to eat everything she cooks!
Kimberlee takes such joy in serving women at the Craft House.
her meals are truly a gift to everyone.

and her cinnamon rolls are to die for!

here are all the details for April’s camp!




1. this is completely separate from Craft Weekend therefore the wait list is not part of this event.

2. Tickets go on sale at noon (CST) in my shop.
there are only 11 spots available for CAMP CREATE… last year we sold out in ten minutes.

3. there will be installment plans available for registration.
– First payment of $250 will be on Friday November 18, 2016 through Paypal in my shop.
This payment is non-refundable but will go towards your total registration cost.

– Second payment of $625 is due on January 15, 2017

– Third payment of $625 is due on March 1, 2017

OR if you want to pay more or the full the remaining amount after November 18… you can do that as soon as you’d like.

4. airfare and travel is not included but we will take you to and from the airport on wednesday & sunday of camp.

5. registration will open on November 18 at noon central time in my shop.

6. leave your questions in the comments and i will try my best to answer them.


meg duerksen - Hi Melissa! My camp date for the fall is Sept. 6-10 but we have not sold that yet. Probably in the next month we will. And i will definitely keep you on the cancelation list. Last time we had to use it! 🙂

Melissa - Can you please share with me the dates of your fall 2017 camp and am I already too late to sign up? Would love to be added to a cancellation list or contact list for upcoming camps. Grateful!

Sarah - Would love to go, please put me on the wait list! Thanks!

kathi - Oh man – there’s still a chance?! Thank you, Meg for opening a waitlist. I am thrilled there’s still a possibility of attending Camp Create (or any event at the Craft House). Please sign me up!

Christine - Please put me on a waiting list!!! Thanks, Christine 🙂

Ruth@GraceLaced - Oh man. This is going to be so good. Jessica Thompson Gus going to be such refreshment!

Robin C - I attended Camp Create in Spring 2016 as a birthday present and early retirement gift to myself. Worth every cent ladies! You will laugh, cry and make lifetime friends. It’s perfect for you mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Physically? forget it – you will eat ridiculously WELL. Just do it! It’s so GOOD!

amy - I have to be careful when I talk about my time at Camp Create in front of my family. I might’ve accidentally said it was the best consecutive four days of my life. Apparently that can be offensive. 💚

Christine - When they go on sale can you purchase more than one spot?

Andrea Lawless - I got the chance to go to Camp Create this fall and it was an unforgettable time. It was a retreat for the craft-loving, God hungering soul…. so full of HEart as Stephanie Ackermann shared, a place where faith and art collide. Go to Camp Create and you will be filled with God’s truth, care and beauty. It’s a beautiful thing to create and discover yourself rebuilt.

Jennifer - I attended camp in the spring of 2016. I’m not sure if I conveyed this feeling at camp to my fellow campers, but I was excited to be there…LOL! I had been waiting a while to go to the craft house and my moment had arrived. I can say without a shadow of a doubt it was a life changing moment. I will forever remember and hold dear the 16 other ladies that spent those 5 days with me. I have a special connection with them and consider ever single one of them a good friend. I’m so thankful that I was chosen by God to go at that moment. I learned so much about more about myself and others and that we are all working to be better and we struggle, but more importantly we all love the Lord and we want to be worthy and loved. Its a special place and you will make new and special friends that you will have forever. Go! Do it! Buy that ticket. Its amazing and you won’t regret it!

Laura kelley - Every time I leave the Craft House I walk away feeling so loved and cared for and seen and valued. And don’t even get me started on the food and laughter. Every.Single.Time. Meg and Kimberlee are the kindest and Camp Create absolutely encouraged my heart. You won’t regret it.

Roxann Regenstreif - Having attended the September 2016 Camp Create I must say that it was the most amazing and inspiring thing I have done for myself in a long time! Creating alongside other women like myself I found that dreams I long ago dreamed of are now being resurrected. Learning new crafts from our amazing teachers was so much fun! Our daily Bible study by Ruth Chou Simmons was a favorite part of my day. I cannot forget the amazing food prepared by Kimberly Jost and her kitchen helpers! I was a little worried because I have some dietary issues but they went out of their way to accomadate me and make me feel special too! If you are thinking, oh, it’s a lot of money, let me tell you it is worth every dollar!!! I have memorie that will last a lifetime with new friends I keep in contact with. Sign up you won’t regret it!!!

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my 41 year old fresh face

soooo… 6 months ago i became a Rodan & Fields consultant.
but less than 10 people in my life know that.
i didn’t (and don’t) want to pressure anyone or make anyone feel weird about it.
so i am just going to be totally honest and tell you all about it.

last winter i got a FB message from someone i knew online… sort of.
her name was familiar but i wasn’t sure why.
she asked if i’d ever considered trying Rodan & Fields skincare?
i answered “it’s funny you asked me that because YES! i am wondering what all the fuss is about”
we chatted a bit and then i looked at the website… it’s pricey.
she messaged me a few weeks later “did you get a chance to look it over – what were your thoughts?”
i said “hey thanks but i am not ready to invest that much into skin care.”
she was kind and understanding.

a few more weeks later she said “i’m mailing out some mini facial kits and i’d love to send you one”
i thought “you’re not going to change my mind but i’ll take the free facial”

it arrived in the mail and sat on my counter for probably a month.

the past few years i have been frustrated with my skin.
it looked dull, my freckles had all merged together to make big splotches, still breaking out often and leaving scars, my pores were big and i suddenly was oily when my whole life i’ve had normal to dry skin.  i was needing more make-up to cover up the spots and scars.  i was increasingly bummed at my skin every morning and every evening.
i have always used the most basic face washes & lotions. (aka: the cheapest)
my skin care routine was not fancy…  but also not working.

one night i picked up the mini facial kit.
i had no expectations whatsoever.
i put the micro-dermabrasion paste on as instructed then washed it off and put on the night renewing serum.
it was AMAaaaaaaazing!!!

you guys…   seriously.

my face had NEVER felt like this before.
never ever.
it was the softest my skin has ever felt.
it was smooth and fresh!
i was freaking out on in the bathroom talking to myself  “what is this stuff?! it feels like rainbows and unicorns and angels washed my face!”

i couldn’t believe how it made my skin feel!

my next thought was “well dang it… now i want to use this stuff everyday!”
but i was still not in love with the cost.

i asked my three girlfriends that i talk to every single day “has anyone tried Rodan & Fields?  is anyone interested in trying it?”
all three had been wondering about it and all three said they were ready to try it.

and so i decided to become a consultant for all of us.
the girl who didn’t want to even try it a few months ago was convinced to sell it in one use?


i also knew that everyone would love it as much as i did when they tried it.

i like discounts.  i like sales.  i like paying less!
after researching it a bit i realized the most inexpensive way to use R&F was to become a consultant.
i figured i had really had nothing to lose so i signed up.
my husband used the phrase “it’s a no brainer”
my consultant who i didn’t even “know” and had never met was quite surprised by that text.
ha ha ha
i started with the Reverse regimen and each of my three friends picked a regimen as well.
and it has been sooooo great!
i have used it morning and night since may.
my sun spots/freckles have almost completely disappeared!
my break outs are 99% gone and when i do have a blemish it is very top surface layer and they go away very quickly.
my skin looks even and fresh!


i also got my mom started on it… then two more girlfriends… and even my teenager on the Unblemish regimen.

i asked some of them to share a quick thought on their feelings of R&F the past 6 months.

“I have a lot of redness and sun damage. Since I started using the redefine it is so much better!!!  I don’t feel like i have to makeup every day to cover it up. Definitely feel happier in my own skin! ”

“I am a grandmother; I have very mature dry skin. I have been using the Rodan + Fields Reverse for 3 months. I love it. My skin still has wrinkles but the age/sun spots are much lighter and my skin is much softer.”


“I love the way the entire texture of my skin changed. My skin is so smooth now. I feel like my pores are smaller and less noticeable too. It also smells so clean and feels so light on my skin. It’s an investment for sure, but after 40 years of cheaper products, I can really tell a huge difference in using r&f for just a few months.”

“The products are so amazing that I finally have found a skin care regimen I can stick with!”

here are the products i am personally using:

kasandra - Hi Meg! I am interested in becoming a consultant and am having trouble finding this info on your website. Would you mind pointing me in the right direction? Thanks and Happy New Year!

Julie Briggs - Meg can you email me about the lash boost special going on??

Wanda - I am very interested in the reverse regimen but I need to know if the products are unscented?

Michele - I’ve been wanting to try…esp. that roller?! Any way I can get samples to see how my skin reacts?

meg duerksen - Annette – R&F suggests talking to your doctor first about rosacea

Annette - Is there anything for rosacea?

Amy T-Y - Sent you a Facebook message!

Patti - Charlene – I can relate! Is there a way to get a sample before we invest?

Patti - I will turn 51 come January…my skin is very dry all of a sudden and is splotchy…..any reviews for *ahem* women of my age? i’m definitely interested.

Carla - Hi Meg, thanks for your review. You’ve sure piqued my interest. Could you please contact me via email, I have some questions for you. Thanks!

Laurie McNeil - I am so excited about this product. I have sun spots that I would
love to see go bye-bye. I have a dry face. I do get a little bit of oil on my forehead. I think I need the package you are using.
Do we buy it from you?

meg duerksen - Marjie – you definitely can switch! after you correct your skin then you keep wearing sunscreen and can use the Redefine. great question! let me know if you have more questions!

Suzette - Oops…spell check changed Unblemish to Unblemished.

Suzette - Hi Meg, I looked at the site. If I became a consultant, would I be under you? And how do the prices differ? I’m thinking of Reverse for me and Unblemished for my 17-y-o. Email me when you get a chance.

Laura - Meg, I used the solution tool and now need to get started. Help?

Lindsey - Hey Meg- I’d love to have some information about becoming a consultant! My skin has always been a problem for me!

Marjie - I am wondering if I use the Reverse line first, can I then switch over to Redefine for long term use? Or do you choose one and stick with it indefinitely? Thanks!

meg duerksen - Hi Abby. I would start with Soothe then add Unblemish in later. After a round (or two) of soothe you could use soothe in the morning and Unblemish at night.

meg duerksen - I will email you Terri! Regimens last 60 days – usually more.

Terri - Hi Meg,

I also have freckles that are merging together. Would love some info on being a consultant and wondering how long the supplies last – one month?

Lori - Your before and after pictures are amazing!

Heidi - I have to say, I keep seeing people that use R+F and they post before and after photos, and I always wondered because it was just a random person. Putting your OWN photo out there is what sells it! Good luck with your business!

Abby - Do you know if any of these (I’m guessing the soothe regimen?) work well with psoriasis? My skin gets irritated easily and I get psoriasis (chronic dry skin) breakouts across my forehead and nose sometimes… but along with acne so I can never figure out how to treat both. I’ve been curious for a long time about Rodan & Fields..

Leia - I would like info on becoming a consultant as well 😊

Jen - Meg, thank you always for your honesty. You were beautiful before you started R + F, but I see what you mean, spots are gone. Your skin looks great! If it weren’t for the high price, I would order from you today. I see how many people I know that have earned a Lexus SUV from R + F in less than 2 years and I feel that’s what my money would be going toward. It’s just really too expensive, but yes, the results are clear.

meg duerksen - Mary I’ll email you later tonight 🙂

meg duerksen - Hey Sara!!! What did you want info on specifically.

meg duerksen - A regimen will last 60 days and often more. ☺️

Mary Hanna - Meg, I am interested in information about becoming a consultant. Would you please send me some info? Thanks, Mary

Amy - How long does the $199 system last you? That is a huge investment, but depending on how long it lasts it may be doable.

Sara - Info please! 🙂

Jenny B. - Oh, I just saw that you linked the “Solution Tool,” so I am looking at that for my son’s acne. 🙂

meg duerksen - i sent you an email tammy

Jenny B. - Your before and after is insane! R+F has been flying low under my radar other than the Facebook posts I’ve seen from other consultants from time to time. I am not ready to try it (no $$ to spend right now), but your post certainly made me give it more thought than any other I’ve seen. 🙂 I’m at least happy for you that you are happy with your skin! I do have a couple of questions… Proactiv always bleached out my towels and sheets. Does R+F do that too? Also, my almost-12-year-old has started breaking out a lot. What products would be recommended for him (would have to be LOW maintenance as he is still struggling with basic hygiene at this point). 🙂

Tammy - Hi Meg,
I saw your instagram post – I am 52 and concerned about wrinkles but also have developed what is called cystic acne (acne under the skin). Will any of these products help the cystic acne?
Thanks _ Tammy Allen

meg duerksen - i just sent you an email charlene 🙂

Charlene Carlascio - Hi Meg,
I follow you on Instagram and saw your post….I am 62 and have dull skin with blotches and dry spots and some redness….I did look at the RF website…and wasn’t sure where to start….can you help me?

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this week

it was a late night!


but totally worth it!
i do not claim to be a huge baseball fan.
BUT i have been to some Cubs games when we lived in chicago and Craig has always loved the Cubs!
i remember the first time he took me to a game we walked out of the tunnel area to our seats and we were practically on the field!
i couldn’t believe it!  we were SO CLOSE!
Then the other games he took me to were usually work parties on the rooftops.
such fun memories!
It was fun to watch game 7 last night with craig, annie, sean and talby – even through the rain delay and the 10th inning!
of course craig had watched all 7 games… i watched ONLY game 7.
and all day this week i’ve been humming “go cubs go! go cubs go”

halloween this year – we are down to only annie dressing up.
apparently it was the year of the onesie.
easiest costume ever!
i whipped up some new curtains for the Craft House this week.
(fabric from hobby lobby)
and now i’m ready to get started on Christmas Bunting in my shop.
i LOVE all these fabrics together!!!
(fabrics from joanns, hobby lobby and
annie turned twelve!
so crazy to think my tiny baby girl is now twelve.
time is just FLYING by!
someone on Instagram asked what 12 year old girls want for gifts.
she got some Nike & Under Armour clothes, silver Converse high tops, a basketball goal for her bedroom door, a KU blanket and colored pencils. Just listing that makes me smile because it’s SO very Annie.    🙂

see??? HOW has this time warp happened?
this was yesterday.
i’m sure of it.


Kimberly Dial - That last one tugged at my heart strings. Such a precious pic. My oldest granddaughter will be twelve in December so I know what you mean. It’s as though time has sprouted wings.

Beth Larson - Oh Meg, this last pic is so sweet, and YOU look 14!

Melia - Life-long Cubs fan, here! My entire family is SO excited! And tired from all of those late nights in October 🙂

Also want to comment on how much you have NOT aged in 12 years. Wow! Time is on your side 🙂

Laura - I must have some of that bunting!

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