Welcome to Hyssop Tree
A million thoughts raced through my mind that Friday afternoon as I packed up my desk for the last time. The finality seemed so much more real at that moment than it did two weeks ago when my fate was decided. I told myself I’d have the whole drive home and tried desperately to focus on the task at hand.
What was happening? I was young, and I had a stable career. And in an instant everything changed. What was I going to do? With nothing lined up and bills piling up, the future seemed to disappear.
Years later at a ladies’ supper club, I realized more women have walked this road of "failure" than I could have ever imagined. I discovered that our stories stay deeply guarded behind a well-rehearsed smile and a convincing, “I’m fine.”
As we laughed and cried around the dinner table, healing washed over me. I wondered what would happen if we took this hope to women as they struggled through their dark corner of life.
Several skin conditions have plagued me throughout my life. I spent years looking for a soap that could properly clean. After trying countless bars month after month, I began to realize it may not be "out there." So I turned to research. Years and years of research.
My background in science and public health helped me sift through all the clinical studies, anatomy and technical information. With a lot of prayer and diligence, I started with the skin and worked “backward” to formulate a soap.
Praise God, it cleaned my skin! I was so excited and ready to close this chapter. But I began to see the need for true soap in places I had never looked before.
That’s when I realized this soap was not just for me… it is meant for a bigger purpose.
Starting Hyssop Tree wasn’t easy. At the time I didn’t even know it was possible to own my own website! But I took the leap of faith and started a journey I never knew I could survive.
No matter how hard the situation became, one thing kept me going: every woman in life’s dark corner needs to know there is life after failure.
She needs to know her life is valuable. She needs to know she is beautiful and loved. She needs to know that someone cares about her.
She is our neighbor.
When you choose to use Hyssop Tree soap, you do more than clean your skin. You speak life, hope and courage to women in crisis. You become a hero to someone in need.
"WE CAN BE IN OUR DAY WHAT THE HEROES OF FAITH WERE IN THEIR DAY - BUT REMEMBER AT THE TIME THEY DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE HEROES.”
― A.W. Tozer
I’m the only person behind the screen here at Hyssop Tree, and I couldn't do it without my incredible army of support. My husband of over a decade is my greatest enabler. He believes in me, supports me, and backs me even when I don't make sense. Ziggy (my rescued goldendoodle) was my canine partner in crisis response (he’s retired now). He’s the smoothest “heart thief” you’ll ever meet, and he’s faithful as the day is long.
In my spare time, I love to cook, eat and take road trips. I strive to support other local small businesses, and I adore farm-fresh produce. I am obsessed with fiber (as in fabric and yarn, not the kind you eat), and I got rid of cable so I could spend more time doing what I love. My favorite household tools are my drill and saw, and I love a good challenge. Most of all, I love Jesus who saved me from myself, and I am passionate about loving others the way He loves me.
Yes, you! Hyssop Tree exists because you play a very important part. Without your support, there would be no mission. I'd love to connect deeper with you.
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