• Heritage

    The Shumaker Bible

    Heirloom Bibles: Part 2 The second family Bible I have inherited belonged to my great-grandparents, Ernest and Liffa Shumaker. It is even more tattered than the older Maberry Bible. The spine is split down the middle and the cover is literally disintegrating. Also, the first few pages are missing. However, much to my delight, this one does include Family Record…

  • Heritage

    The Maberry Bible

    Heirloom Bibles: Part 1 “You’ll be getting a package in the mail soon,” my mother told me last fall. “I will?” I asked. “What kind of package?” “Mama ‘Berry’s Bible,” she told me. “Seriously?!” I didn’t know Mama ‘Berry’s Bible was still in existence. Mama ‘Berry was my great-great-grandmother who lived from 1872-1949. I mentioned her last year when I…

  • Literary Pursuits

    Coventry Carol

    Several of the Christmas books I’ve read this month have been as hokey and predictable as a Hallmark movie, but that’s okay. I’ve also been inspired, encouraged… and educated, I guess you’d call it. For example, I learned about a very old carol that I don’t remember hearing of before: “Coventry Carol.” Do you know it? From The Christmas Quilt by…

  • Heritage

    A Story of Faithfulness

    This past weekend Ozark View Chapel in Mountainburg, Arkansas celebrated their 50-year anniversary as a church. During those 50 years they have only had 2 pastors: my Dad and my Granddaddy. My grandparents moved to the Ozarks in 1966 when I was about a year old. Six of their 10 children were still at home. Their dream was to establish…

  • Lifestyle

    Happy Fall, Y’all!

    I’m not ready for it to be fall. But then, I never am. Fortunately, around here we are eased into the season with glorious bright blue days and crisp nights. September and October are truly beautiful. It’s just that the increasingly shorter daylight hours remind me that the shadowy dark of winter is not too far off. I really need…

  • Lifestyle

    In the Quiet of the Morning

    In an effort to get more exercise I’ve been going for early morning walks around my neighborhood. I don’t know if it really counts as exercise since they are really more like short, leisurely strolls than power walks. I wish I enjoyed exercising. Maybe I will come to enjoy it if I keep forcing myself to do it. At least…

  • Lifestyle

    Coffee Optional

    About a year ago Lyle bought me a t-shirt that says: Pray More. Worry Less. Drink Coffee. He said I needed it. You see I have a very active worry gene that sometimes keeps me awake nights. You didn’t know worrying is genetic? Apparently it is because one of my parents is a worrier and his mother before him was…

  • Literary Pursuits

    Pinterest-Inspired Bible Journaling

    I’m still in the process of figuring out my preferred style of artistic Bible journaling. Right now I’m in practice mode and I’ve been saving a bunch of Bible journaling images I like on Pinterest. I’ve been finding encouragement in the Psalms lately. (Actually, always. Don’t you love the Psalms?) So I’ve been practicing my lettering and graphic design skills by…

  • Lifestyle

    Adventures in Marriage

    Sometimes being married means the woman tags along with her man to do manly kinds of things. Maybe that’s no longer politically correct in our gender-confused world, but that’s the way it is in our marriage, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. For example, I’ve never been a sports fan, but the other day Lyle was wishing he…