I've always loved this quote from The Velveteen Rabbit. Even more so these past few years.Being immersed in a community of women and men who have lost a child is not something one would choose to do. It's an exclusive club which only the broken, battered, and shattered join ....more

Keep Searching

33 degrees means drip, drip, dripping. Nature is decorating my house today. I love my mama and sisters ....more

A Beauty of Its Own

The view from my bedroom window. ...more

Snow? Yes, Please!

This is the weather prediction for Friday evening. Yes, we are in that possible 10" band. The first snow fall of the season tends to freak a lot of people out, which is strange because we live in Iowa ....more

Life, Lately

This has been our weather the last several days. Damp, chilly, grey. Gloomy is the perfect word for it ....more

Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me

I ordered Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me by Lorilee Craker because I am a big Anne fan. I let it sit on my desk for quite awhile though, expecting it to speak more to the heart of orphans than anyone else.How wrong I was. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down ....more


I didn't plan to write about the *red cups*. Because really more people are outraged about the outrage. Uhm, because there doesn't seem to be an outrage in the first place.A couple people complained ....more

Hands Free Life

Hands Free Life by Rachel Macy Stafford is a needed book in such a busy and plugged in world.We all yearn to look back to find we lived a life of significance. But is it even possible anymore? Considering the amount of distraction and pressure that exists in society today, living a fulfilling life may seem like an unachievable dream ....more

The Grownup

It was a dark and stormy night when I sat down to read The Grownup by Gillian Flynn......more

God is Good

Yesterday I watched as my sister was baptized. While I'm sad that my daughter's Godmother has left our church, I know that each and every one of us has to follow our own journey to God.As she breaks away from the nest - studying nursing at college, falling in love, paying bills and living life - I rejoice that she has grown closer to God and made HIM the priority in life.37 people stood on the stage and gave their testimonies. Some were so broken and bruised when they came to God that they said they had nothing to lose ....more