New Years Blessing and a Prefix for 2016

brick and wood heart

Do you feel the sun setting on 2015? The cold wind is blowing and the last bit of this holiday season seems to be on fast forward. The afterglow of Christmas is still glittering… but my birthday week began on the 26th. I have to share my birthday week with the most important person who has ever […]

A Little Bit of Christmas Perspective

Gifts Under the Tree

I’ve been a blogger for over a decade and while I don’t see myself giving up, I’m really OK with stopping to live life and allowing a silence. It began creeping up on me over the past few years with high schoolers and preschoolers and now an elementary schooler and I’ve seen the finish line […]

My November Roof Story

Leaky Roof and Rain

I’m sorry for the informality, but I have been just soaking in life lately and catching it as it comes, so there will be no grand lessons or tips from me. I am not sure I ever imagined that life would be as busy as it is right now with two teenagers and two youngsters, […]

Creating New Family Traditions: Reformation Day and All Saints’ Day

Placing a Stone

Yesterday we celebrated Reformation Day with our crew at the bee-hive. There was Mexican food, pie (because why not have pie?), and lots of discussion about what the Reformation was and all sorts of church history trivia. We heard a nice little 15 minute devotional by Dr. Stephen Nichols. We watched “Luther” again as a […]

Teaching Kids to Care for Those Who are Less Fortunate: Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

It is hard to read the news these days with what is happening in the middle east. There are people being tortured, killed, separated from family, and children being sold into a life of slavery. Their pain is beyond what I can comprehend. Not just in this time of crisis with the fanatical soldiers of […]

When You’re on the Potter’s Wheel

Fork in the Road

The other day, in a moment of grief, looking down at the ground in deep thought, I walked right over this pitiful fork. It was at the edge of the driveway next to the waste container the garbage truck had emptied, limb missing and shattered down the length of her body. She called for my […]

Sundays and Signs of Spring

Mansions Over the Hilltop

I don’t know about you, but I am overjoyed that I have a mansion just over the hilltop. Sundays may not be perfect all of the time (rarely), but I feel so blessed to be able to rub shoulders with other saints on Sunday. I love my church family and being around other Christians. They make […]