These Thin Legs Give Me the Mozzies

My twins were walking with me to their little daycare centre which is just around the corner. One daughter stopped. "Wait" she cried, scratching her legs furiously "my pants are giving me Mozzies*!".  I think what she meant was that her legs were itchy as a result of the cold weather, dry skin and jeans that were getting a little snug....more

Owning Emotions: The Compulsion to Comfort

By Joy MazzolaWho doesn’t love a good cry? Turns out a lot of people don’t. Of course, there are safe spaces where we can own our tears … workshops, retreats, support groups, the Pink Posse. But there is still much of the world where the sight of someone crying will send an entire room into a silent panic....more

Hope and Help for Haiti

By now surely you've heard coverage of the devastating 7.0 earthquake that shook Haiti Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Like you I was shocked and saddened and actually broke into tears a bit, as I adore the Caribbean and that nations' people in particular are some of the most peaceful and genuinely heartfelt I've ever met. But shock for me soon births call to action and the first thing I did was begin to pray......more

Hands that Care

"Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands."  Isaiah 49:16 It happens a lot.  The Lord reminds me of His care.  ...more

Are You Giving Up Freedom for Security, Status, & Comfort?

"Those who surrender freedomfor security will not have,nor do they deserve, either one."— Thomas Jefferson I think there are a lot of people out there who would nod their heads in agreement with this quote if we were having a political discussion about the Bush administration and our post 9/11 American culture. ...more

One Thirty Nine - New Song I Wrote (w/ Audio!)   I'm working on memorizing Psalm 139, so it's been on my mind lately. A little melody came to mind this afternoon, and the words (although they may need a bit more tweaking) came together  like this: CLICK HERE to listen to me singing! ...more

Cotton Flannel Lounger - cross posted @

I just did a review for a product over at Roamans. ...more

When The Unthinkable Happens: Helping a Grieving Friend

Every now and then, life throws a curve ball with devastating impact. There isn’t one of us who will escape. That is the path of life. In the midst of a deeply challenging event, it is hard to know what side is up. There is no spare energy for anything beyond stark survival.   ...more

Hi Laura,

What a great idea!  Talking to friends and family you can get clues about ...more

Comfort Food

back many years ago, when i gave birth to my first son, my sweet neighbor was kind enough to prepare my family a few meals so we wouldn't starve to death as we were adjusting to the sleeping (or should i say non-sleeping) schedule of a newborn! needless to say her cooking is fabulous and she was kind enough to share her recipes. unfortunately over the years i have lost these treasured favorites (some of you who know me remember a certain ex that came into my home while i was gone and went through my stuff? ...more

The Comfort of Friends

"Job Comforter" is typically used to describe friends people that are anything BUT comforters!!   The phrase is derived from the rants, raves and personal attacks on Job from his three friends and dominates much of the Book of Job.  These type of  "comforters" are known to offer pat answers to difficult questions, find fault(s) in the very one who is despairing, and frequently blame shift the difficulties onto the hurting one, or at best (worst), God.   But there's a requisite quality of those original friends that has diminished in our fast ...more