The Color of RED

A recent baby shower turned into an amazing connection of beauty and hope.  I met a wonderful woman, Susan. As soon as I came into the home in which the shower was taking place, my eye caught a richness in the art displayed in the kitchen area. You knew right away that they were originals,…

A Dentist Appointment and Their First Date!

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 I had to post my dad’s comment: Wow ! How did Louise and I Meet? I went to the dentist, and I saw the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. I didn’t have the courage to call her, so I called the dentist and asked him to talk…

Happy 59th Anniversary!

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55 Years ago today Tom and Louise Lloyd (my parents) were married at First Baptist Church in Richmond, VA on Monument Avenue.  Top 10 Things Their Marriage has Taught Me: 1.  No matter what you work it out. 2.  Learn to love each other despite differences, struggles, disagreements. 3.  It takes…

Keep. Moving. Forward.

A dear friend sent me an encouraging text on the “seek” and “knock” verse. The Greek of seeking and knocking is a verb form called present imperative. This means that Jesus was telling us to keep on knocking and keep on seeking. The wealth of friendships in my life is overwhelming.  When I study God’s…

Pipeline Rapids

I’ve lived in the surrounding Richmond area for most of my life.  I went to school at VCU in Richmond, VA.  Yesterday, my husband and I needed some fresh air and mind clearing. He found this best kept secret!  I’ve never been here!  It’s called the Pipeline Rapids.  You’ll be dazzled by the James River…

He Is Your Life

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See…

Refrigerator Pickles

Linda and John have always been a couple to embrace life and its simple pleasures. They mentor us. Much to my joy and surprise–like a person in a crowd who runs up to you with a big bear hug– they requested our pickle recipe.  We have created our own recipe and have pickles for sale!…

Start Living!

Right at this very moment, I’m hiding in the bushes of my front yard watching the sun come up.  I’m worshiping. I hear His song through the birds gathering and being–  “His Eye is on the Sparrow”.  I know He is pursuing me with His unfailing love and goodness. A train whistle blows.  Travelers.  Progress.  Moving forward….

Tarrant’s Cafe

What to do on a rainy day with your love?  My husband and I desired to “get away” for just a short day trip to Smithfield, Virginia, which is a quaint town, but the rain and late start made us re-think.  If you want to escape, but can’t leave the Richmond area, go to Tarrant’s…

Lemony Coconut Macaroons

My husband left our Taste of Home magazine open to this page. I love coconut. He loves lemons.  My girls love macaroons! We had to make these.  We made them for our annual Woman of Worth Picnic.  The recipe yields quite a view cookies, so we were able to keep a batch at home, too….

You were made for more!

You were made for more. God created you for a specific work. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. (Colossians, Chapter 1) When your circumstances seem contrary to a work ordained by God and more like chaotic disaster, or mundane, rat race, it’s time to refocus and…

Prize Winning Watermelon Salsa

I have found the best cooking magazine! It’s called Taste of Home: Make and Take.  Standing in the line at Home Depot it caught my eye and every page was an announced–“Oh Parish, we have to cook this recipe!”  My love for the movie Julie and Julia (GREAT MOVIE–has a lot of scenes from France, which…