Getting Back to the Basics of Marriage

I purchased a book for my 8th grade daughter, The Good Book for Kids, by Lisa Bergren.  Lisa creatively writes God’s story from Genesis to Revelation using the Bible, discussion, and modern-day stories.  Naturally, the book begins with Genesis, Chapter 1–In the beginning… I pondered the Adam and Eve story.  Mind you, I’ve heard that…

Your Table Is Enough

This post will be simple in nature. The simplicity of community and friendship has been forgotten in our busy world. It’s not that we don’t practice hospitality, we’ve lost touch of the deeper “why” behind connection.  We are drawn to celebrate, invite, connect, and even the introvert will find their way towards  a human connection….

Pergola Paradise (on a budget)

When we first moved into our home, we were thrilled to see wisteria growing in the backyard. We would always admire the beauty and the smell, and we tried so many times to grow wisteria in the past, but we were never successful. We had some work done in the backyard and had to move…

You are annoying

It’s been awhile since we purchased our book, Cherish, by Gary Thomas. After many months we are on chapter 12.  Did you know that you are annoying and your spouse has the ability to help you grow? You know the pattern.  You do that thing you do, your spouse gently calls you out on it,…

Hugs and Laughter

There are times we concentrate on a peculiar aspect of humanity or life. We see things through a different lens, or take notice of the obvious for the first time. I never truly know why this happens unless it’s obvious, like the time I was pregnant, so I began to notice all the pregnant women…

Don’t Blink

Do you know these songs?  Some are tearjerkers, so be careful. 🙂 Time in a bottle. Time After Time. Time is on My Side. Don’t Blink. You’re gonna miss this. The House that Built Me. Time has always fascinated me. We measure time and all of us are equal in the amount of time we…

Belonging

Thank you Ashley for challenging us to remember and creating a desire for us to dig deeper…. Belonging.  We all desire to belong, even when we are overwhelmed and need rest. As we rest from the crowd, we feel secure knowing that we will once again connect with those we enjoy and love so much….

Redeeming Love (Again)

I was travelling to work one morning.  Nothing really happened per se, but I was frustrated. Again. I highlight the word “again” because that was the frustration.  I started praying and asking God questions that centered on why some things never change, and, try as we might, here we are doing it again. He gently…

7 Lessons Learned That Can Make a Difference in Your Life

By nature, I’m a pretty content person. Well that is what I thought until I examined my words and actions.  After listening to a message on contentment, I realized that most of my life has been waiting for the next best thing.  In fact, I’m tearing up thinking about a lot of wasted space used…

The Leadership Handbook: Book Study

We often think of leadership as supervising others or being in charge. The more I’ve studied leadership, I have found that all of us are leaders to some degree. Whether you are leading as a CEO, a parent, a student in a group project, a community organizer, or leading the way in the next family…

Say yes to interruptions

Many of you know that my home is a mixture of ages, seasons, and developmental stages. My husband and I are wrestling through being over the hill and journeying into the 50’s.  Also living in the home is a middle schooler, a soon to be sophomore in college, and my parents who are in their…

How do we move forward?

Facing change and adversity can be difficult.  I was drawn to read Nehemiah’s story again because I knew that he was called to a difficult task with support along with significant opposition.  A new adventure creates new rules, new people, and a new way of doing. Say goodbye to automaticity and hello to the learning curve….