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 »

  • Living in the Moment

    When I was in my twenties, I had a saying that went something like this, “I’m always happy, just never satisfied.” I proclaimed it often and at the time I considered it to be a rather profound statement. I imagined that it made me sound like a real go-getter; a determined, self-motivated, high achiever, if… Read more »

  • A Model Congregation

    We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Read the first chapter of 1 Thessalonians and you get a real sense that Paul considers the church in Thessalonica to be nearly a… Read more »

  • On Being a Church Family

    It was a simple lunch with a dear friend, late enough in the afternoon to have a popular hangout almost completely to ourselves. When we get together – and this is always the case – minutes turn into hours and my family usually ends up checking to see if my suitcase is still in the… Read more »

  • It’s All About Faith

    See that tagline above. I wrote that long before I knew how appropriate it would be. It’s been a walk of faith since we moved to Texas nearly 2 years ago. Nothing seems to have come to us except through faith. Sometimes unwavering faith. Sometimes wavering. His lessons have not been lost on me and… Read more »

  • Bible-Driven

    There was an awful lot a few years back about the purpose of one’s life. Believers and non-believers alike made one particular book on the subject a best seller. Yet we need only go to our Bibles to find what God says is the purpose that should “drive” us. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by him… Read more »

  • An Email

    A dear friend sent me this email today. She knows me well. She knows the beating that 2009 gave us. She cares No matter how badly last year treated you, just walk tall with your head held high. This is a brand new year, baby! Yeah, it may have just been a forward but it was a… Read more »

  • Not a Slacker

    I bet you think I’ve been sitting on the couch – wrapped in a warm blanket with a nice, big cup of hot, black coffee near me – avoiding this blog. Well you’re close. I usually sit in what I lovingly refer to as my duck chair. It’s a chair with ottoman that are covered… Read more »

  • The Other Place I Am

    It’s good to know that there are saints who have gone before us, Godly people who experienced the same things we have. It’s a comfort to be told that I’m not so strange after all. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers March 15, 2009 The Discipline of Dismay ODB RADIO:  |  Download READ:… Read more »

  • I want to write

    There have been a million things that I’ve found to fill the free time my lack of blogging has produced. Some of them, reading for example, have been fulfilling. Others, like baking, well… just filling. I must say, my blogging life has been quite the rollercoaster and I have proven myself to be more than… Read more »

  • Yet even this is not truly my home

    We’ve moved into our own home. After hoping, praying, and waiting for eleven years, we own a home again. Those are sweet words to say and for those who’ve known us through the waiting process, I hope they are sweet words to hear too. Eleven years ago this past summer we lost a beautiful home… Read more »