Can't We All Just Get Along?

A rare occurrence has been taking place at my house. Like... "call the Smithsonian" kind of rare. My kids have been getting along. Working together, asking each other's advice -- then actually listening to the advice offered. It is a beautiful thing. To hear your children getting along warms the cockles of  my heart (I love to toss out the word "cockles" -- you just don't get to use that ...more

Doing Great Things For God

Hello there. It's been a while. A very loooong while. I finally have a thought. Would love to hear your thoughts on it, too. But, the reality is... no one is probably out there. It may have just been too long. And this thought launches from another blog post I read almost a year ago. I would encourage you to read that one, because it says it way better than I will here.  The general idea is ...more

Surviving the 4th (or any holiday) Without Blowing Your Diet Progress

I am involved in a fitness/ weight loss class at my church. I wanted to encourage my class mates about the upcoming holiday and thought this would be the best place to write it all down. You are welcome to "listen in"... or just wait and tune in when I have something else fascinating to say. :-) Thoughts and ideas about how to get through the 4th without sabotaging your efforts: 1) Remember ...more

Invited Into the Junk Closet

This is the last pondering/ rambling about us being a house, I promise! Part 1: You are a House is here. Part 2: Discernment (alternate title -- I can see in  your windows!) is here. However, this is what started this whole thought process. I had to find a way to put words/ imagery to this experience. I mentioned that we all have a junk closet in our house. Okay -- Jennifer only has a junk ...more


I don't know if I'm a slow learner or if it takes all of us well into our adulthood to know and figure out our spiritual gifts. I'm trying to prevent this in my children -- and verbalize what spiritual gifts I see in them. I'm not much of a visionary, so it's up to them to hear how God wants to use it in their lives, but I do think identifying your own gifts is the first step. Partly ...more

Angels Unaware

I have written for a magazine called "Christian Chronicle" so occasionally the editor will send out a call for news, pictures, or thoughts or ideas. Most recently (that I remember) he relayed his experience (that he VERY eloquently wrote about here) of visiting a congregation and not being greeted very warmly and was curious if we had ever experienced the same thing. Oh, dear. I am ALWAYS ...more

A House?

You are a house. Nope. Not as BIG AS a house. You are a house. Your being, your soul, the part that makes you you -- that is your house. If you know me the least little bit, you know that I am prone to pick apart a thought and over think and WAY over talk it, and lately I’ve been pondering us as a house. So now I shall over talk/ write it. I think of our selves -- ...more

One Year Ago...

One Year Ago... May 14th marked one year that our family has had an address here in Suburbia, USA. I say it that way because after the big truck unloaded our furniture, the kids and I turned right around and went back to Small Town, USA to finish the school year. We lived in hotels and with friends and survived bronchitis and band concerts and living out of suitcases. I think back to what the ...more

For Mother's Day

originally published in Abilene Families (originally written May, 2006) As a mother, you would think that I would be all about Mother’s Day – a day just for ME, a day to get, get, get, and a day when praise is lavished on all mothers. Who could ask for anything more? Truthfully, mother’s day – especially the Hallmark version of it – makes me very uncomfortable. You know which kind of ...more

Teacher Appreciation

(This was written years ago as the only way I knew to thank my children's teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week. It is still as true today as it was then, though our move has kept me from knowing my children's teachers as well as I have in the past. They still mold, shape, and encourage, and I am still forever grateful for all that they do.) This month includes teacher appreciation week. Every ...more