The Cupcake Caravan




I Finally Got My Journaling Bible!

it's here

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The Story Behind My Mom’s Bird Painting


After I posted Christmas at the Caravan, I received the following comment about the bird painting I did for my mom’s Christmas present:

jenna @ dearest love asked:

That painting is beautiful!! I’m so crazy about hot air balloons. What is the inspiration behind it? I’d love to know! It looks like you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!
Thanks for linking up with the coffee date!!

Well, Jenna, I’m very glad you asked because the inspiration behind the painting is very special to me.

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Did Someone Say . . . Bible Journaling?

 Allow me to introduce you to my latest obsession:

Bible journaling.

So cute . . .

Psalm 34

it hurts.

Stephanie Ackerman

Fancy fonts . . . #biblejournaling #faith #creativity


vellum . . .




cute characters . . . 

What's in my Bible Journal.



Illustrated Faith: Bible journaling


The possibilities are endless.


*internal squeals of DELIGHT*



Things are getting serious.




I can’t even breathe right now.

journaling Bible page by Stephanie Ackerman

Seriously though.

Have you ever seen something so flawless?!

Be sure to click on the pictures to see the beautiful blogs they came from. I’m dying to try this ASAP!

Blessings and peace,


Is. 41:10

The Resurrection of My Candy Costume

When I went home for Fall Break this past weekend, I finished my Halloween costume.

What originally started as a Candyland costume ended as a gingerbread girl. I knew I wouldn’t have time to finish my original Candyland design, but I still wanted to use the pieces I had worked on over the summer. The result? A sweet gingerbread girl looking for her gingerbread boyfriend (the one who ran away from the oven, remember?). I have not taken pictures with the whole thing together, but I promise to post them after Halloween. 

For Halloween, I am going to volunteer at a kids trick or treating event downtown with some of the girls who live on my hall. I believe I will be doing face painting, but I’m not completely sure. Afterwards, I will probably go to dinner with my friend group. In the past, we liked going to restaurants in our costumes. 

I know it may be controversial in Christian circles, but what’s more fun than Halloween? Not only do you get candy, but you get to see clever costume ideas and wear your own costume. As an excuse to show off a costume I’ve made, Halloween really is splendid. If I had the resources, I would totally choose costume making as a career. It is so rewarding to come up with solutions to the many challenges, and each costume is a reflection of the creator’s imagination and personality.

That being said, please do not hesitate to share YOUR costumes with The Cupcake Caravan. Email your pictures to, and I will choose favorites to post (with your permission). 

Stay tuned for a special Halloween edition of Top Pins and Wins, and have a wonderful week!












I Hate the Words “Creative Outlet”


I hate the words creative outlet.

I know people who are education majors, engineering majors, business majors, sometimes even English majors (like me!), who are doing artistic activities because it is their creative outlet.

That is what I used to think when I drew my cupcake friends, painted pretty pictures, or even started blogging.

This is my creativity time, the stuff I can’t really do for my major or my job. It was like a subcategory under the more important things that really mattered. 

But why do people insist on giving themselves an excuse to be creative? Why can’t we be creative in all aspects of our life, with everything we do? 

I write research papers for a living. Okay, not for actual money, but it is the main source of the grades I earn. Yes, it can be boring and tedious sometimes, but most of the time, it’s actually kind of fun because it requires creativity to construct an argument based on my research and the text I’m analyzing. It takes creativity to piece together ideas from other scholars and to evaluate them in light of my own perspective.

I’ve learned creativity is not limited to people who wear those slouchy knitted hats and know how to use fancy programs like Adobe Illustrator.

Creativity is one of the essential parts of what makes us human, no matter what major or career.

In fact, creativity is the first thing we learn about God from Scripture.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth . . .”  Genesis 1:1

Since humans are made in God’s image, we are also creative and allowing our creativity to overflow from our hearts and into every part of our ordinary lives is a deeply beautiful expression of worship.

Not only is creativity one of God’s attributes, but it is proof for God’s existence. Since humans have the capacity to create, we are forced to consider where that part of us originally comes from.

If God is not a God who creates, how can humans create? Where do our imaginations come from?

God obviously values creativity. God gave people the freedom to express their creativity in their writing of His Holy Scriptures, and He even appointed certain people to design and build His tabernacle. God gave specific instructions and talents, through His Spirit, so that people could create.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills-to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.”  Exodus 31:1-5


All of this is leading up to an idea I’ve been considering for some time-

Maybe creating is one of the most awesome forms of worship. It points to God, and the reality that everything created originally comes from Him and His creativity. It allows us to enter into deeper community with Him by doing something He loves to do, and it enables others, who may not know God, to see a part of Him. Even writing this blog post has been an enjoyable form of worship. I shared my ideas with you as God loves to share His thoughts with us.


So why choose to unleash a specially designed (and designing) part of yourself in a creative outlet?

Why reserve your God-given creativity and artistry for activities involving only paint, canvases, and pens?

Creatively live out your part in the picture God is painting, in the story He is writing, and in the song He sings over us.

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