• Lifestyle

    Guest Post: The Bell Ringer

    When my parents were here last week for Thanksgiving I asked my dad if he would be willing for me to share an article he wrote several years ago as a guest post on my blog during December. I had a certain one in mind that he had written for a family newsletter I published for a number of years.…

  • Heritage

    Counting 1000 Gifts – Part 3

    This is the time of year when many of us take time to count our blessings… or at least try to name a few of them. I took on the Joy Dare challenge a few weeks ago, and while I have no problem noticing the small (and large) things I’m grateful for, the challenge comes in naming something for each…

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    Counting 1000 Gifts – Part 2

    Continuing with the Joy Dare I started earlier this month… and picking up with Gift #25… October 9. 3 gifts of praised for Turns out Lyle is not sodium-sensitive. Laura got a new job a few weeks ago and it is going well. God’s daily provision. October 10. 3 gifts hard eucharisteo unwelcome changes financial struggles migraine headaches October 11.…

  • Heritage

    Finding Peace

    I tend to be a worrier. It drives Lyle crazy sometimes. I think it’s a genetic thing that I inherited from my MawMaw. We used to laugh at her when she would call my dad. She’d tell him about something she was worrying about and then she’d conclude by saying, “But I’m not gonna worry ’bout that!” That’s how I…

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    Facing Challenges

    Life is good. Every day there are little blessings that I thoroughly enjoy and am grateful for. But also… Life is hard. It just is. We all find ourselves facing challenges at one time or another, and sometimes (like now) even several at once. It can be discouraging and depressing, and if you’re like me, you question, “What in the…

  • Lifestyle

    Words of Encouragement

      I’m not sure why, but I prefer bar soap in the bath. I especially love hand-made soaps. I have three different friends who make soap “from scratch” and I am always delighted when they gift me with a bar or two of their lovely scented soaps. None of my soap-making friends are local. One lives in Idaho, one in…

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    Our Daily Dessert

    On our way to church we pass another church that has one of those changeable signs. They usually have some thought-provoking quote on it. Earlier this summer Lyle had remarked that their sign-changer must be on vacation because it had been awhile since the quote had changed. The very next Sunday as we were driving past I noticed it was…

  • Heritage

    To Stand

    I’m discouraged and weary. Bordering on depression. Honestly, our second year in Colorado so far has been worse than the first, at least for me. I struggle with wondering why are we here? As I try to work through these thoughts it occurs to me that no matter where we are or what our circumstances there will be conflict and…

  • Literary Pursuits

    Quiet Times

    During the summer months I look forward to having my morning quiet times on the deck just outside the kitchen. It is shady and cool there early in the morning. The breeze rustles the aspen and fir trees along the fence. The chickens cluck contentedly. The dog sniffs around the yard to see if anything has changed overnight. The cat…

  • Heritage

    Give Thanks

    1. List three (little) things you wouldn’t want to live without: contact lenses books coffee 2. Name something you had to do without recently: a car 3. What are you most thankful for that you consider a luxury? my “new” car 4. Name an item you use the most throughout your day: a computer 5. What would life be like…