Life Around the Table

Life Around the Table

Family dinners are my favorite. Sometimes it looks like a handful of people and other times the numbers grow to twenty or more. The overflow of people make themselves at home wherever there is a seat. The gathering of family highlights a connectedness that God blesses...

My Caregiving Journey ~ A Guest Post

My Caregiving Journey ~ A Guest Post

I love meeting new people and have the blessing of doing it online as well as in real life. I'm not sure of the exact timing, but I began to see encouraging posts about hope in my Instagram feed and knew I wanted to get to know the creator more. Enter Karen Sebastian...

Monthly Musings ~ October 2018

Monthly Musings ~ October 2018

  And just like that, another month somehow slipped through my fingers. Thirty-one days marked the passage of time. A collection of experiences, memories, and beginnings. New things to like, and explore as well as time for God lessons when I least expect. I am always...

Do You Trust Me?

Do You Trust Me?

Do you trust me? The words might as well have been flashing in neon from a highway billboard. There was no subtlety or whisper floating on the wind. Instead, the question was a bold declaration as I was walking. The unexpectedness of the question on this day caused me...

God Writes the Best Love Notes

God Writes the Best Love Notes

Handwritten Notes Birthday gifts come and go, but with it came the expectation of a thank you. Aunts and Uncles slipped a $5 bill into a birthday card each year and within the week, I wrote a thank you note to that aunt and uncle in my best penmanship. Handwritten...

Notice the Ordinary … Book Review

Notice the Ordinary … Book Review

There are places of beauty everywhere ... In the everyday, the ordinary, the mundane, and the unexpected We look high and low, but lose sight of what is right in front of us. Sometimes the most beautiful part of our day is right next door. What have you noticed...

Monthly Musings ~ September 2018

Monthly Musings ~ September 2018

Hello friends, As this post reaches you today, it is already two days into October. Summer is officially over and Fall has arrived. September is a memory and I have no idea where the time went. How about you? What I love most about sharing these monthly posts is the...

Are You Good at Waiting?

Are You Good at Waiting?

Sometimes things we believe about ourselves for years change in a instant. Things like I am very patient or hospitality is not my gift. So let me ask you a question as I try to sift through some of the things that are changing. Are you good at waiting? What does it...

You Have More Control Than You Think and a Giveaway

You Have More Control Than You Think and a Giveaway

I had the honor of reading Jennifer Dukes Lee's book, It's All Under Control, and now I get to see the fruit of this book as it releases today. Each time I opened the book, my eyes were opened to new understandings about myself and the concept of control. Let me just...

There Goes My Heart

There Goes My Heart

A year ago, I watched a U-Haul pull away from view carrying my son and daughter-in-law with all their possessions. A year of living together brought a sense of comfort and routine. But this day a little over a year ago, left me with one thought ... there goes my...

What Volleyball Taught Me

What Volleyball Taught Me

I woke up the other morning with thoughts of letting go while at the same time holding on. As I lay in bed, I began to talk to God. Keep in mind the conversation was one-sided until I paused. God used the pause as an opening to show me what it looks like to be me. Let...

Monthly Musings ~ August 2018

Monthly Musings ~ August 2018

I blinked and school started. What seemed like only seconds was actually a month of days. I'm not sure where the time went, but I am feeling a little melancholy that summer is ending. August is usually a month of hot summer days. This year the weather pattern switched...

Coffee Shop Conversations ~ Guest Post and Giveaway

Coffee Shop Conversations ~ Guest Post and Giveaway

Three years ago, I sat in a large room at a writing conference. Two ladies joined the table where I was sitting with a good friend. My life is considerably better because of these three women. Today I want to introduce you to one of these ladies, Debbie Kitterman. She...

Small Faith in a Big World

Small Faith in a Big World

I have memories of hot, summer days. Playing outside until the sun baked me thoroughly. Running through sprinklers and if I was lucky, the ultimate game of cloud watching. A portrait of my smallness in juxtaposition with a sky covered with white, puffy goodness. I...

You Are the Message

You Are the Message

There is so much I want to tell you. I might say how much I love sunsets and each one is a miracle from God. Or maybe, that family means everything to me. Then again, I could share the depths of my feelings on any given day. Each time, I shared something new, I wonder...

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