Leave them better than you found them

    I had A Moment yesterday. You know, one those times when someone shares a bit of insight that absolutely rocks you back on your heels. Mine came as I was listening to our pastor preaching on the mystery of marriage. He shared about a bit of advice he received when he introduced his (hopefully) future […]

How to choose a Mother’s Day gift that hits the heart

   A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to […]

How to be happier: be generous

I believe that happiness eludes folks for a variety of reasons. I think one of the biggest, though, is not understanding one of the basic secrets of how to be happier:  be generous. While that may sound like a strange path to happiness, studies confirm what I call the generosity effect. When you are feeling […]

Help find the owner of this 1964 East TN Class Ring

  Friends, I need your help. My husband has found an old ring and I’d love your assistance in finding the owner.   Keith has been finding treasures these last few months as he enjoys the waterways in our new home in East Tennessee. A popular activity in this area—made more interesting this time of […]

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Time to give and receive: It’s a linkup!

As we approach the final days before Christmas, I hope you are slowing down, letting go, asking for help, and especially taking time for the important and not just the urgent. To help you find those sweet and savory spaces of rest, relaxation and encouragement, I have put together a list that includes a variety […]

10 Rules for Delightful Gift Giving

You have picked out a present that will surely bring a smile brighter than the Hope Diamond. Your loved one slowly unwraps the gift, feeling your excitement, savoring the moment, knowing this will be DELIGHTFUL. They lift the lid of the box, and. . . Nothing. No excitement. No delight. Instead there’s a flicker of disappointment […]

A bridge too far and a bar too high

Giving is something you love to do. You give of your time, your money, and yourself. This is a wonderful thing, as you love to bring joy to those you care about. Whether you realize it or not, every time you give, you set the bar and pay a price. This may go exactly as […]

Hearts and homes made new

You just had the MOST. AMAZING. EXPERIENCE. EVER. And you just can’t wait to tell your friends and family about it, because you know they will want to join you next time, once they hear how AWESOME it was. As you enthusiastically explain, they look at you as though you are crazy, that there can’t […]

When little is big

It’s a conundrum, really. How can something little actually be bigger than it initially appears? Well, consider this: Have you ever helped a friend with something simple, perhaps picking up something at the grocery store, and they gushed with appreciation? Have you ever given a small gift that the recipient treasured more than it’s actual […]

5 Tips to Help Your Friend (even if she says she doesn’t need help)

“Hello! How are you?” you ask your friend, and again, she insists on brightly answering “Ok!” while you can see the worn out and tired of worry in her eyes. You know she is not being honest, but in lieu putting her in a headlock until she cries Uncle!, you just don’t know what else […]

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