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 »


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 »

  • Love Austin

    Today, some of my church family and I served the city of Austin in a very tangible way. Some of us were sent out to various places like Town Lake Trail, a cemetery, and an elementary school to clean and do some outside work. This service day just happened to coincide with Austin’s Clean Sweep day which means… Read more »

  • Baby Steps

    My sister is healing beautifully from her brain surgery. The doctor told her on her three week checkup that the typical recovery time from such a surgery is 6 months. He said that this length of recovery is second only to open heart surgery. Then he said that her progress was amazing and that her… Read more »

  • You Can Do It

    The other day, in conversation with a woman who’s husband is unemployed, she said something that I consider a misconception. She said that her husband can do a lot of things but he can’t sell. She actually said he would make a terrible salesman. At first when she said it, I accepted it as fact. I… Read more »

  • Is it Friday Already?

    It has been Spring break week here at the Stoenescu house. Although, it wasn’t very hot or sunny this week which proves my original thought that it was far too early for Spring break was correct. In my opinion anyway. Today though, today is a paradigm of perfection. Yesterday, not so much. Yesterday was “get… Read more »

  • What Lies Beneath

      A few days ago my daughter, Chloe, came home early from her friend’s house. It seems that Catherine’s grandmother had come to visit and they had decided to go to lunch and then do some shopping.     [box] This post was written a few years back but continues to remind me to take… Read more »

  • An Ice Cream a Day Keeps the Psychiatrist Away

    I hadn’t been a Christian very long when it happened, less than 6 months, if I remember correctly. My oldest son was in kindergarten at a Christian school and I was usually on my best behavior when I was around these Godly people; I never wanted them to doubt my Christianity. My life prior to… Read more »

  • I’m a Name Dropper

    Years ago I had a chance meeting with someone really quite famous. For years afterward everyone I was acquainted with was told every detail of our meeting. No one escaped this story. No roll of the eyes or turn of the head could deter me. I was quite proud of our encounter; I had actually… Read more »

  • Sorry to leave you hanging

    Wow, where did the last 5 days go? I wrote about waiting out my sister’s brain surgery and then got caught up in all manner of things and forgot to write about the outcome. My sister came through her surgery beautifully. The neurosurgeon was able to remove 95% of the tumor in about 6 hours of surgery…. Read more »

  • To Ask or Not To Ask, is Always the Question

    It’s hard to ask for favors. It’s even harder to be in a position where you have to continually ask because your situation warrants it. I know. I wish I didn’t but I know. Last year when we had three cars and four drivers, I didn’t have my car very often. Usually my younger son… Read more »

  • Waiting It Out

    My sister is in surgery right now. The description the surgeon gave to her husband of how he will get to the brain tumor isn’t a pretty one. He gave him the list of possible outcomes, some of which are not pleasant, just before they wheeled her away. I’m keeping strong by praying and loading… Read more »