Not In My Name

This is not my usual post. I know that many of you come here for gardening tips or homeschooling support and I love that! I hope that, even though this is different it is a benefit to your spirit. I also hope that you will stick with me, regardless of your religious beliefs. Consider it a personal favor to hear me out....more

Courage Enough. (How to Journey On After Loss and Change)

Courage Enough. (How to Journey On After Loss and Change) About a week ago, my husband and I moved our family back to Iowa City.  The city we left seven years ago for Colorado....more

Why do I go to church?

I go to church to worship God, learn more about Him and how I am supposed to be living, and to be around like-minded people. I like singing songs about Heaven and Jesus and what He's done for me. And I like to praise the Lord for all His blessings He has given us.There are many reasons......more

I don't think GOD done it this way - apologies to Hank Williams, Jr.

I am a Russsell Crowe fan and a Bible fan so when I heard about the "Biblical epic" film forthcoming, I was jazzed. So I corralled a friend into going with me.I don't recall the passage where GOD created transformers, do you?Okay, not transformers according to film maker Darren Aronofsky, but 'Watchers' - hulking rock guys (not music makers) that lumber about and even help Noah build the ark....more

Mom Confidence: Overcoming Perfectionism

During So You Think You Can Dance auditions, a 30-something mother of two young kids was asked why she was finally trying out for the show. She told the judges she has “mom confidence” now. She didn’t make it through to the Top 20, but her answer stuck with me because I get it....more
Nope. Screw it.more

4 Ways Knowing God has Changed Me

Over the years, I have been asked how knowing God has changed my life. There are in fact a myriad of ways, but I’d like to share with you four in particular....more


Are you waiting?  Do you feel like you are in limbo?  Do you feel like something awesome is yet to come?I have often felt like I was waiting for something really awesome to happen.  Like Publishers Clearing House to show up at my door with a multi bazillion dollar check, and my life would be infinitely changed.  Or possibly waiting to be "discovered" (discovered, for what I have no idea)....more

The more we pretend to read...

I went on Facebook, saw I had a number of notifications, clicked to glance at the list, and then clicked "Mark as read." Don't ask me what was in the list. Don't ask me any details. Certainly don't give me any test over the material. But I did "read" them -- about as intentionally as my students just read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.Students don't read like they once did....more

The True History of Halloween

The truth about "Halloween" This is the history....more