As my 25th birthday neared, I found myself somewhat despondent. As if my life was all downhill from there (and indeed, this was the attitude of most of my peers). As if the good days had passed us by. I had no clue that the best days hadn’t even begun! Many years have passed,… Read More
(Join me in welcoming Mariann Strozier, a powerful, authentic and FUN woman of God…she is a rare jewel. I’ve asked her to share her perspective on community, as part of a two-week series because she has the gift of living her story, with a refreshing honesty. She and her sweet husband Paul, are invested champions of… Read More
Someone close to me retired this past year. While work was demanding, she longs for pieces of her past. The familiarity of having a defined purpose, and the comfort of friends who worked alongside her. It got me thinking, as someone who has essentially retired from one career (homeschooling) and is in the embracing… Read More
It is easy to focus on the external stuff, like sagging skin and droopy parts. Wrinkles that take an hour to unfold after sleeping. The internal stuff like ineffective plumbing let’s say, or near spontaneous combustion with hormonal heat waves. Valid points, I suppose. But they surely lead us to miss something special. What… Read More
I’ve always enjoyed creating a well-lived life. When Martha Stewart hit the scenes, it was love at first sight. But usually, the complicity of projects and recipes left me a bit intimidated. At the time I was a very young woman, barely even that. With zero skill, but a creative spirit.
Remember how popular skating rinks used to be? A few years ago I went roller skating with my kids. I won’t lie, I was about as stable as a newborn baby giraffe. Those little stoppers on the front? As much as I skated during childhood, I never did master those. It should have been… Read More
My hands gently open a folder. The aging paper bulges with drawings, letters, report cards, and stories. Pieces of my childhood, faded and delicate. All those clues; testifying that a little girl dreamed of creating.
Companies that produce greeting cards, are well aware of our desire to express ourselves. In the US over 6 billion cards are sold on average every year! We might grab the first one that seems suitable, or be the person who spends an hour thoughtfully perusing the aisles. Either way, most of us probably don’t give… Read More
I am captivated with my family genealogy. Thankfully, my Grandma has been working on this for many years, making it easy for me to enjoy. I can take her labors and create, in my way, pages to honor these people I did not know. But I imagine them well… I… Read More
I used to like the idea of making a grand bucket list. Things I hoped to do…someday. Recently I came across the list I’d made as a younger woman. It chronicled the dreams and aspirations of that young wife and mother. The older I get the more I reject the whole bucket list… Read More