A beautiful baby, a scary looking mommy, getting duped in God's backyard

Last night, the husband and I packed up and got ready to go to Mass.  It was pretty uneventful, or so we thought.  Evie was an angel throughout the process, she even allowed me to dress her up in a gorgeous lavender flowered dress, pretty white sandals, and a lavender bow in her hair.  She looked like a little angel if I do say so myself!  ...more

Never Say 'Never!' To Getting Involved

Sometimes, trying to convince oneself is not so convincing. Saying "Never!" to a situation may change that "Never!" into exactly what happens next. Whatever the timeline, this scenario will surely come your way. 'I will never be friends with her. I will never be a vegetarian. I will never work for someone I don't like.' Yeah, nice try.  One of my “never’s” was to not participate in overseas missionary type work. No, thanks. I will write you a check and yes, please put me on your prayer email thingy but I do enough here in my hometown - for my Church, Children, and Charities....more

Thank you so much for your comments.... its confirming to have others feel the same perspective, ...more

Chant of Death: Interview with mystery writer and poet Diane Marquart Moore

“Chant of Death is a remarkable piece of storytelling: grounded in the real and the observable but connected as well to the magical and the ineffable. Diane Marquart Moore and Isabel Anders are rare intelligences in the world of mystery writers. They have woven a tale that is at once a traditional mystery with nods here and there to the best of the writers in the genre....more

See Diane Marquart Moore's latest release, Silence Never Betrays, ...more

My unintentional visual aids at church

About a year after I had my son Joshua, I had finally lost all the weight I gained while being pregnant. To celebrate that last 10 pounds, I went shopping. The following Sunday I pulled out the new skirt I had purchased and I smiled as I put it on. After years of living with my grandma, I had her speech about wearing slips under your skirts or dresses burned in my brain. She told us many times how it was unacceptable not to wear one so I smiled because the skirt bought was lined with a nice silky type material. It was a built-in slip!...more

Rapture, part 2, and a new church

So obviously, it didn't happen. All you had to do is take one look at Harold Camping's math and you'd know that this guy was coming out of left field with all of this. But hey, that's his gig, and if people want to trust him, that's their business. What makes me sad though is all the anti Christian stuff I've read leading up to all of this. The people who honestly believed that Saturday was their last day on Earth are just as short sighted as the people who assumed every Christian believed this guy, or every Christian is like Pat Robertson or John Hagee. Guess what? We're not....more

Our Son Desperately Wants to Go to Church

“Mommy, when are we going to church again?” It’s become a regular refrain from our oldest son. Sometimes he asks me. Sometimes he asks his daddy. On Easter Sunday, when we went to my parents’ church, he had a very serious conversation with my own father about how his mommy and daddy were still looking for a new church. I have a very heavy heart and a bit of parental guilt that we haven’t found one we like yet, but the truth remains: We haven’t found one we like yet. ...more
@springolife I actually love this idea of home church, or smle church! I am older and disabled, ...more

Don't fear the SPANX honey, You're a HERO!

Today I got to go with my daughter to a sacrament meeting given by the special needs youth. She was called to be a buddy and has worked with the special needs mutual since August. I have been to three of these Sacrament meetings now, and each time I walk out to the car after crying off most of my make-up. I look pathetic, but I am smiling. ...more

Do you hear what I hear?

Tonight Jacob asked Brian, “How do you know if God speaks to you?”  Brian asked him, “Why?”  Jacob said, “Because I think He spoke to me.”  Brian asked Jacob what God said.  Jacob said, “God told me he has great plans for my life.”  I know my seven year old son heard from the heart of God.  Last night, Brian and I prayed that our kids would learn to hear the voice of God.  Brian and I shared such a sweet time rejoicing that God answers our prayers! This comes on the tail end of a conversation Brian and I had yesterday afternoon about a time of mini...more

Dealing with attitudes

4th April 2005 Been a better day today. Helped by having a decent conversation in the chat room yesterday, made me realise how lucky I am compared to others who have greater problems than me. A couple of hours ago one of the church members came round to see us to let us know he wanted to give us his car. Typical I start something and company turns up so will have to come back to this later....more

Charge on!!!

Several weeks ago a friend sent an email instructing me to take off my high heels and put on my combat boots.  It is an idea that has been on my mind constantly.  God is constantly leading me to see we are called to be IN the BATTLE.  He tells us to put on the whole armor of God.  Why?  So we can stand against the enemy IN the battle.   Life lesson:  Get IN the battle!  I sense a new urgency.  If this is a battle and we are told how to prepare for battle, why are we so seldom on the battlefield?  I think...more