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...

The Healing Properties of Walking

The Healing Properties of Walking

I don't know when I first began to love taking walks. It almost feels like it's always been that way. The feeling of freedom, fresh air and fun is quite intoxicating. What I know for sure is that summer leads to consistent walks and I am discovering the healing...

Foreigner in a Foreign Land

Foreigner in a Foreign Land

Clusters of boys and girls hung out in small groups on the asphalt parking lot better known as the playground. Girls giggled and pointed at the boys and the boys tried to look too cool to notice. I was in one of those circles of girls longingly looking over at the...

Women Are Like That

Women Are Like That

Women are like that, aren't they? We long to find someone who has been where we've been, who shares our fragile places, who sees our sunsets with the same shades of blue. Beth Moore, Jesus the One and Only Beth Moore has a way of speaking and writing words that feel...

Crown of Scars

Crown of Scars

A number of years ago, I learned about the beauty of scars. A friend of mine was diagnosed with a brain tumor and she wore her crown of scars proudly. Deep incisions marked the area where the cancerous tumor was removed. My friend wasn't phased by her new look and...

Monthly Musings ~ June 2018

Monthly Musings ~ June 2018

I'm a summer girl! In the middle of winter, I start anticipating when the first signs of summer will appear. The first fireflies bring back memories of summers spent at camp. The hot, sticky weather reminds me of days upon days at the local pool. But mostly, summer...

Laughter IS the Best Medicine

Laughter IS the Best Medicine

A week of ... Deep belly laughs followed by uncontrollable giggles Laughing until our sides hurt over seemingly nothing True enjoyment over each other's company Mix them all together and you find laughter IS the best medicine. Sometimes it takes a few minutes, maybe...

Are We There Yet? ~ #TellHisStory Linkup

Are We There Yet? ~ #TellHisStory Linkup

A little voice piped up from the backseat, "are we there yet"? I surveyed our surroundings and realized we had not even made it to the highway. A deep sigh, followed by a quick "no", traveled to the kids in the back. Oh, the joy of vacation. Many years of the familiar...

Planters vs. Nourishers … #TellHisStory Link Up

Planters vs. Nourishers … #TellHisStory Link Up

I had forgotten the joy that comes with digging in the soil, dirt under my fingernails, and the resulting bright colors. Sweat on my brow and hot sunshine, as new life changed the landscape as well as my perspective. For years growing up, I was both a planter and...

The Story Continues

The Story Continues

It came as a sweet message pinging through Facebook as I readied myself to drift off to sleep. Jerking back to wakefulness, I read the message several times, not even sure if what I was reading was real. I typed a short response, hit send, and hoped that I would still...

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