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Mae Keogh: owner of Once Upon A Tree

A woodworker, an artist, a designer, a speech therapist, a Christian, a missionary, and a homeschool teacher.

a single mother of 4 precious children, a DV survivor, an immigrant who does not feel like she fits in any culture.

But first of all, I am a precious child of God.

The year 2021 was full of surprises. From CPS coming to our home to remove the children’s father, to me being served with divorce paper. Life needed to go on, and I had no choice.

As I struggled through the most difficult season in my life, I leaned onto my faith and the scriptures that were hidden in my heart. I wanted to remind myself God delights in me no matter what (Zephaniah 3:17). I needed the courage to become a woman clothed in strength and dignity (Psalm 31:25). I grounded myself in the truth that God is close to the broken-hearted (Psalm 34:18).

I looked all over the internet for some wall decors with these precious scriptures to put around the house to remind me. However, I could not find any (that was before I even knew Esty existed). So I started making them instead. And that was the birth of the “Once Upon A Tree”.

My hope is, that the skills I have in woodworking and my talents in designing and arts, will bless you with the riches of God’s word, and bring you hope and joy, whether through a simple name sign or through sophisticated woodcrafts.


Below are some of the first wood signs I made which has helped me hold onto God’s promises and faithfulness during trials.