Favorite Christmas Stories: My Angel Tree

Memories of December 2002 are sketchy, but there are a few things I remember well.  As others tacked up Christmas lights, I tacked up a “For Sale” sign in the front yard.  That was the year my marriage had abruptly ended and Dad had gone on to join Mom in heaven. Life as I’d known it was forever changed. […]

Favorite Christmas Stories: The Holly (Tree) and the Ivy

Last weekend I got to visit one of my very best friends. And if that’s not enough, she also happens to live about ten minutes from downtown Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. What a treat a Christmastime!  While walking the cobble-stoned streets, I discovered the answer to a thought that had puzzled me for years. I have always loved the […]

Favorite Christmas Stories: “Christmas Bells”

I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

Guest Post — Ginger Harrington

If there’s one thing a blogger loves, its fellow bloggers! I have been blessed to connect with Ginger, a military wife and mom who has been all over the globe. Ginger is part of a wonderful organization, PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel). This ministry has a special place in my heart as I too […]

On Veterans Day…a word of thanks

hic jacet – here lies. Two small Latin words spanning centuries past and haunting the minds of present and future. Funny how this inescapable fate tends to fall on deaf ears. I rise each morning with unconscious gratitude that I have at least for one more day, escaped it. But what of those who do […]

Do You Suppose St. Francis Would be Okay with It?

I am very familiar with this prayer of St. Francis. I have seen it cross-stitched; I have seen it framed in print. I’ve seen it printed in yearbooks and on Facebooks. I think I even remember singing it back in Junior High Honors Choir in the early ‘80s. But until today, I always thought it was primarily about […]

The Love of God (in Pictures)

We sang one of my favorite hymns last night, The Love of God. Though I stood singing among many, my mind was on a journey all its own. Images flared with each stanza in a way I haven’t quite experienced before. My mind must have started pulling pictures from a file called “Forty-Two Years of Things I’ve […]

Riding with God on the Road to Damascus

Autumn days seem to slip by all too quickly. I enjoy them much like I enjoy a beautiful sunset…I wrap myself fully in the experience knowing that beauty of moment will soon be gone. Autumn is a season of necessary endings, of collecting and preparing as we brace ourselves for change. We stack wood, rake […]

Just a Little Bit Like Me

Ginger Harrington, Nathan Foster, Betty the farmer’s wife, and an anonymous texter person. What do these four people have in common? Well, two weeks ago, I didn’t know any of them, but today, my world is a little happier just because of them.   Ginger and I connected through the mysteriously magnetic World Wide Web. […]

The Gate Called Beautiful

What are little girls made of? According to the old nursery rhyme, it’s sugar and spice and everything nice…and maybe nail polish in every color of the rainbow?  A few weeks ago, I spent some time with my sweet little nieces in Florida. The spent a good part of the evening on top on Nana’s […]

Broom Therapy for Empty Nesters

Whether by dorm room, backpack, or home school co-op, many mommas are practicing the fine art of letting go this week. Our babies — newborn and on up — will always be just that…our babies. Why is this so hard for people to understand? ha! Last week, we dropped our younger girl off to start […]

Not From Around Here

Today, we are back on the road to spend a few days with our college girl who is currently living three states away. For the majority of my life, landmasses and oceans have separated me from many I hold dear. Though born and raised in a small Midwest community, life after high school has literally […]