It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

A.K.A. Christmas shopping on the nuttiest day of the year….. DRUM ROLL….


Yes! Plan to come in on November 29th, Black Friday! We will be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

  • Coffee, tea, homemade sweet treats will be served

:::FEATURED ITEMS:::We will be appealing especially to the party planner this year. The Desert Cottage utilizes it’s wide open entryway to centrally display the unique products in store… and it’s done quite exquisitely!

  • Serving trays, platters, stands, bowls, etc.

And also hello? How did I not know until TODAY about “Small Business Saturday?!” How exciting is that! Is it because I don’t watch any TV besides ? We at The Desert Cottage really want to give our community a chance to know their very own town’s small businesses offer the services of a large name business AND the same (if not more) fun and crazy intense crowded shopping!

Watch this video, and do me a favor. Comment and let me know if YOU knew about Small Business Saturday!

Oh and another favor…


This is also the first day of our 1st annual Flea Market. We will have outside vendors IN ADDITION to our regular vendors! At our Flea Market, you will find:
Scentsy, Origami Owl, Cornwarmerz, and many, many MORE!

For all my local peeps, please be sure to spread the word! Our name is getting out thanks to wonderful people like you. We truly appreciate that.

Will YOU spread the word??


Two Less Lonely People



Amidst the sappy snuggly sugary sweet stories I am about to share, I promise this will somehow to relate to our store. Actually, let me just get it out the way right now. My parents own The Desert Cottage. There. Just kidding.

On the real, I will begin with how much I admire my parents and how they have been able to work together for so long. They owned a mortgage company for almost 15 years together. And worked there together. Full time. Most people hear that and hear SUICIDE. I could imagine why they might think that, but that imagination is as far as it goes. I witnessed firsthand their relationship at work, integrating both personal and professional lives into this business; firsthand, meaning, as soon as I was able to decide I would rather work WITH MY PARENTS than attend public high school, I began to assist my dad at 15 years old. Not to mention, my sister and cousin worked there too. Mom, dad, babies, cousins, friends. This place was a great business, but also deluge of RELATIONSHIP. Maybe that’s why it was a great business.

As we all know, the market took a you-know-what, and so, the company closed down. After many YEARS of steadfast prayer, thought, and acknowledging each other all the while, The Desert Cottage became a feasible twinkle in their eye. I emphasize “years” because I even remember saying to my mom “Good grief, Mom just pick something and go with it!” It was her patient spirit and obedient heart that won in the end and blessed us all. Not only was she patient and willing, but so was my dad! They were truly in it TOGETHER. Now being able to look back, I can say: A) I learned myself a lesson; B) I want to be a couple like that; C) It’s no wonder I would happily be conjoined to the hip of my entire immediate family (would that be weird?). Oh and D) God’s way is the absolute best way.

My mother is the Proverbs 31 woman. The Desert Cottage is proof. My father is the antithesis of the man in 1 Timothy 5:8, that a man who does not provide for the members of his household has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. He has always been our family’s hunter and gatherer, just like he was created to be.

Now. I think we should revel in the NUMBER OF YEARS my parents have under their belt. THIRTY! 30! Trenta! Holy smokes! I have been married 7 months, and you know what? It’s not easy. Not that I presume we wouldn’t make it to 30 years, but it makes me appreciate that longevity even more. The small, yet matchless experiences in 7 months are but a glimpse of what is to come in the next 29 years and 3 months. It can be kinda scary to think about, but seeing it firsthand for 23 years and being completely CONFIDENT on what matters most in a marriage, we will make it just as much of a success. I truly pray my children grow up to love me like I love my parents. It’s immeasurable.

Thank you, Mama and Daddy, for being the examples you are. You have made our lives wonderful. By “our” I mean everyone you have ever met. I am proud of you both for making it 30 years, growing a family who loves the Lord and loves each other, and running what is now TWO businesses together (yay)!

So there you have it, for those of you who wondered what the owners were like. 😉

Who would have thought.

This morning, I woke up, and…. wait a sec. Let me preface this oh-so-profound first blog post of mine.

The past couple of weeks my husband and I have been talking about productivity, both in our spiritual lives and in our personal (namely business related) lives. To begin, we have understood that individualistically, prayer needs to be constant (1 Thessalonians 5:17). That is something that will always need practicing and perfecting. Additionally, prayer needs to be communal (1 Thessalonians 5:25). We have been ACTUALLY actively praying for the people we say we will pray for, on top of making an attempt to bless complete strangers with the love of Jesus by taking advantage of the “meet and greet” time before the sermon, and let them know that we want to pray for them after the service. That was kind of scary at first. But new things always are. And now that its not new and intimidating anymore, that’s something we know we will continue to do for (hopefully) the rest of our lives. I’m sure there will be lots of posts illuminating the experiences we have with this journey. So, getting our spiritual lives rolling toward some consistency… check!

Now. Personally, I have been dying to start a blog that was organized to reflect the new store my parents opened up: The Desert Cottage. It has been a dream of my mom’s for years that has finally come to fruition. I know she is busy. I, too, am busy, but I enjoy writing and I love sharing our lives (including trials, shortcomings; along with triumphs and victories) with others so that they may be touched and excited with us. I have been so thrilled with her since the store-birthing process began… and I do feel that this is my contribution in nursing the newness (sometimes in the diminutive sense) into something grand. I prayed, and God told me to HELP. Huh?? Who?? With what? Even thought I couldn’t understand, I would never discount that what He was telling me was for my good and for His purpose. Apparently the aching in my bones (aka big mouth) progressed to the point that the intimidation would no longer stand in my way; I texted a few friends, who immensely helped me by supplying me their insights on starting a blog… turns out, its not too difficult! Login created, title created… BOOM. Now, the discovery at hand is that I am HELPING my sweet mother in promoting her store and doing something that we both have been longing for for quite some time now: sharing the beauty in the things we make, the ways we feel, and the sights we see.

So, bear with me as my first posts aren’t filled with magnificent tips, links, “buttons” (whatever), plug-ins (yeah right), and whatever else I do believe will take some time for me to master, but thankfully, I was born to be a bona fide chatter monkey and already LOVE sharing with you the thoughts in my head and heart.

Start a blog… check.