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….

Resilience: Spaces and Pauses

Pauses in life give us perspective.  When we fill our life pages to the point of no margins, we have no space to just be in the moment. A fire burns when there is just the right amount of logs, fuel, and space. FIRE ~ Judy Brown What makes a fire burn is space between the…

The Power of Words and Mindfulness in Parenting

I wanted to share a session on the power of words and mindfulness in parenting.  This session created by Dr. Lemite, School Psychologist and Dr. Anna Hebb, School Social Worker can be adapted to your needs. You could change the SOL life activity to a different stress-causing event in the home or school. Be creative!…

The Passion

Passion defined: intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death Last night, on Good Friday, I took myself to a quiet place in the house to watch The Passion.  In the rush of the day, an intense, driving feeling or conviction washed…

Your life is a garden

Pictures were taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens http://www.lewisginter.org/ Your life is a garden filled with beauty, wonder, and work. The colors, smells, and diversity amazes you. The rain may come, but you understand its purpose to replenish the earth, and you welcome the downpour of grace. You play, work, and find solitude in your garden. God…

In the Garden

One of my favorite hymns is In the Garden.  I come to the garden alone….He walks with me; and He talks with me; and He tells me I am His own…. When we are feeling overwhelmed, we often go to our place of comfort and safety. Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray…

SMOKED CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

Serves 4 to 6 For the brine/cure: 4 quarts cold water 1-1/2 cups kosher salt 1/2 cup brown sugar 10 allspice berries 10 whole cloves 2 bay leaves, coarsely crumbled 1 cinnamon stick, coarsely broken 1 tablespoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns 1 tablespoon yellow mustard seed 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon…

A Church Hill Experience

Parish and I love to try new things. Give us a small town, a unique store, or a restaurant that serves food we’ve never tasted, and we are in our zone. As a couple, the experiences have brought years of fond memories, and individually, we’ve satisfied our love for adventure. How do you define adventure?…

You can always come home

Home. the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. Your dwelling place is uniquely different. The decor, the smell, the pictures on the wall, as well as the food in your refrigerator all support your idea of a safe, happy haven. At the end of the day, you…

Don’t Quit

In most areas of our lives we can decide to move on or quit. If a job, friendship, or hairstylist is not working out, you can look elsewhere without serious consequences. Marriage is different. We face so many challenges and unexpected seasons in which we live out our vows of “for better or for worse”….