New Project, New Home

I’ve been blogging on and off for a decade. There have been seasons where I blogged daily and felt that my community online was more important, more encouraging than my almost non-existent real life community. Now is not one of those seasons. I am invested in the people that surround me now. I am in love… Read more »

This stirs something in me

I’ve watched this more than once. God stirs something in me each time. Now I’m praying about it. Would it be possible for little old me to raise the funds for a house? It’s difficult for us to even keep up with our household bills each month. When living paycheck to paycheck is our reality, is… Read more »

Whatever is Good

I want to write. It’s been a while so I am tempted to feel overwhelmed by all the possible topics. I don’t know where to start. There are literally thousands of jumping off points where a story of some kind would form. I sit here in this 2800 and something square foot house, completely alone. Julian is… Read more »

People

Have you ever been so desperately in need of furniture that you purchased it on one of those God-awful pay plans that promise No Interest or Payments for 72 Months! And then you find yourself still making payments on furniture that fell apart years ago. Yeah, me neither! But if you did, every time that you make that… Read more »

Change, better get used to it.

This past August my husband and I drove our youngest – our only daughter – to college. It was a 4 hour trek and once we arrived we slowed slightly, pushed her, her suitcases, and two sets of twin bedding out the window of the truck. Then we happily drove off laughing and pinching each other to be sure we weren’t dreaming. We were FINALLY… Read more »

We’re all just one big happy family

My parents had seven children. Yes, they are Catholic. Now stop interrupting. I was the sixth born, second girl and probably the best baby they had. Except that I wasn’t. That distinction always, always goes to the youngest child especially if it is a girl. Which she is. We are, for all those looking in from… Read more »

I died laughing

I could watch this a hundred times and still want to see it one more time. Jimmy’s reaction just when he realizes that he actually could have had a date with Nicole is priceless. I almost feel sorry for his wife because, although I’m sure he loves her and is happily married, his facial expressions… Read more »

Life should have rules

You probably won’t learn any profound things reading here. Well, you may but I highly doubt they’ll be from me. I really just want this to be a place where anyone can visit, acknowledge that life has thrown a punch or twelve their way, and leave encouraged. If not encouraged by the words others reply,… Read more »

Getting started. Again.

Years ago, over ten to be more precise, I started blogging. I have had multiple blogs over the years and more recently just taken a long break from writing on a personal blog. It’s been… nice. But I never feel like I can permanently leave this online world. Even in the midst of the break I knew… Read more »

Latest
  • Let’s Love Well

    The following is a blog post I wrote for our church’s website last year. We attend ONEchapel, a fairly recent church plant, lead by Ross Parsley. It is a love-filled, truth-speaking, wonderful congregation made up of over 1,000 imperfect people. If you live in Austin, you should join us! Unless, of course, you’re perfect.  … Read more »

  • Trust. Real Trust.

    When the Lord gave me my One Word at the beginning of the year, I have to admit, I thought I may have heard Him wrong. At least I hoped I did. When I asked the Lord for my word I was anticipating He would give me one that was daring, exciting and maybe even… Read more »

  • We Are Defined By Christ

    “I used to own my own business,” was what I would say every time someone asked what I did for a living. In fact, it took years for me to stop using that as my pat answer. I had fallen for the lie that I was what I did. You know what I mean, don’t… Read more »

  • The Purpose of Knowing

    “People nowadays take time far more seriously than eternity.” Thomas Kelly I’ve noticed something about myself lately that saddens me. I have been failing to look at things with the  all too important eternal perspective. This often happens in my life when we seem to be going through a time of rest. When the bills… Read more »

  • Slavery Still Exists

    If you weren’t aware of this horrifying fact, you are now. The video below documents where some slavery takes place today. The issue is huge and overwhelming. I think of how badly I want to help and then convince myself that I can’t. I’m no one with no resources. But I know one day I… Read more »

  • Facing the Inevitable Trials

    You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever. Psalm 30:11-12 It brings me so much peace in times of trouble to know that everything that Christians go… Read more »

  • Love Aflame

    I was thinking today about an incident that happened a few years ago. We lived in Wisconsin at the time and our house was in the middle of quite a few very old, very large trees. Maple, Oak, and… oh who am I kidding? Big old trees, I have no idea what kind. I do know that… Read more »

  • Merry Christmas

    I have not updated lately and I really don’t have all that much time to do so even now. Yet I just wanted to stop by my blog tonight and wish all of you a very, merry Christmas. May the joy of the season and the life of the Son overwhelm you today and throughout… Read more »

  • I Can Do All Things Through Christ

    We all go through times of trial, and for my husband and me, God has a habit of getting our attention through financial difficulties. We’ve been through our share of other trials too but the lack of money seems to be the go-to trial for us. Maybe because it so quickly brings me to my… Read more »

  • I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving

    Do you keep a journal? Maybe a prayer journal? Have you ever read through an entry that was written years back and felt your heart nearly leap from your chest because as you sit in stunned amazement you come to realize that God did everything and more than you asked for there in writing? I’ve… Read more »