Being grateful for unanswered prayers

being grateful for unanswered prayers

We all have unanswered prayers, although we may each know them by different names. They are the desires of our heart, things we wish for so deeply and are so sure that we want. Sometimes, the door slams so hard in our face on these hopes that it feels we will never even get close. […]

Saturday Sips: Gratitude, the ultimate life sweetener

gratitude the ultimate life sweetener

  It’s the day after Valentine’s Day, and some of you may be feeling let down, left out, or just weary of the endless parade of advertisements. Therefore, I decree it’s the perfect time for big, sweet, dollops of gratitude for our Saturday Sip of insight.   1.  First up is my latest post at Happy […]

Marriage: What story do you want to tell?

marriage what story do you want to tell

    Last week I discovered this wonderful question: What story do you want to tell about {fill in the blank} in the future?   Then, yesterday at church the pastor said this: Everything becomes ordinary.   I was struck by the relationship between the two in regards to marriage.   In the beginning, your […]

What Driver’s Ed teaches you about solving problems

drivers ed solving problems

When you took Driver’s Education in high school, you were taught to be aware of all your surroundings so you would be safe behind the wheel. As you looked ahead, you scanned the traffic and the roadsides. You glanced regularly at your rear view mirror, where you kept an eye on the vehicles and the […]

Forgetting to be grateful: unmet expectations and Not-Skis

merry christmas

Merry, merry, Christmas, everyone! So that I may spend more time with my family I am sharing a post from last year, written by my daughter Alexis. As I wrote last year, she is cute, witty, and a terrific writer. Plus, she and her hubby are parents now, so perhaps this is a timely story […]

Spending less at Christmas yields more joy

Spending less at Christmas yields more joy

What do you really want to experience this year for Christmas?   Less stress? More joy? If that is true for you, here is one way to get there: giving fewer gifts. I’m referring to reducing the number and scale of presents, which is not to be confused with your charitable giving. This can be […]

Stop and smell the roses and sweet baby’s breath

Stopping to smell the roses and the babys breath

    Have you gone from stretching out in the hammock to being stretched tighter than a rubber band? Transitioning from one season to another can have that effect, whether you are moving cross country, becoming a parent, or getting the kids ready for another school year. We want to hang on to that bright and […]

Living in the In-Between

Water drop

    Last night we learned my nephew has a brain tumor. This morning I stand on my porch, birdsong welcoming the day as though nothing has changed, the whisper-soft breeze carrying muted sounds of distant lives. Such a dramatic change from last night, when booming thunder struck a match, setting off a brilliant lightning […]

Richly colored silver linings

look beyond rain to see silver lining

Did you know sunny days are not your best friend for taking pictures? It is the cloudy and sometimes even rainy days that bring out the most amazingly saturated hues in the landscape. As a photographer I especially love this weather, as it makes my photos just POP with lush greens, brilliant blues, and deep reds. […]

The circle of life brings big gifts in tiny packages

holding hands

  I’ve updated this post from a year ago, in honor of our circle of life that will soon be expanding.   I look back over the rocky chasms and green fields of the past almost 30 years, and zoom in on those beginning months that were shaping me to be a parent. Yes, we […]

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