• Adventures

    Not Complainin’

    It’s a blizzardy morning in my neighborhood today. The view out my kitchen window is rather bleak. It’s cold and blustery. We haven’t really had much snow to speak of since Christmas time, and the ground has been mostly bare for at least a month, so I had hoped perhaps we would get an early spring. I should have known…

  • Heritage

    Things I Think About on the Night Shift…

       [Written in the wee hours after tending to my sick husband:] When my sisters and I were in high school we thought we’d like to become nurses. We were avid fans of nurse novels. Our favorites were the Cherry Ames books and Avalon romances with nurse heroines. The stories made nursing seem so noble and glamorous. As it turns…

  • Literary Pursuits

    Purity and Holiness

    The girls and I have been reading When God Writes Your Love Story together. It is an excellent book on preparing for marriage. I especially appreciated this insight: “Several generations back, Christianity in this country began to swing in an unhealthy direction, focusing on the holiness and righteous standard of God while excluding the crucial elements of love and grace.…

  • Adventures

    Burdens

    Last weekend on our hike I took along a tote bag with “necessities” in it, such as snacks, water bottles, and the camera. Lyle offered to carry it for me, but he teased me about having to carry a “purse.” I tried to argue that it was a tote bag, not a purse, and that there is a difference– but…

  • Adventures

    It’s all good!

    The other evening as we were driving across Montana (which is a very large state in case you haven’t taken that drive lately) a storm gathered and the rains began to come. We were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to get to our trailer if the back-roads turned to mud. The sun broke through the western sky and a…

  • Heritage

    Not Complainin’

    I had a miserable Easter weekend…. thanks for asking! With a rip-roaring spring cold plus an abscessed wisdom tooth I wasn’t up for much in the way of celebration. I mostly sat in my recliner, going through tissues by the boxful, reading books, napping, and trying very hard not to complain about how miserable I was! I’m pretty sure I…

  • Adventures

    Seasons of Life

    Well, I hadn’t really planned to have a “seasonal” theme on my blog this week, but it seems that what it’s turning out to be. My husband printed out these two pictures this morning and asked if I wanted to blog about them. (No, he won’t start a blog himself, but every now and then he suggests things for me…

  • The Wedding Prayer
    Heritage

    The Wedding Prayer

    The first Monday of the month is Marriage Monday at Chrysalis. Since June is the most popular month for weddings, the topic this month is Our Wedding Day… even for those of us who didn’t get married in June! The guidelines asked us to share anything we wanted about our wedding day, so I am choosing to share the lyrics…

  • Heritage

    Heritage

    I’ve been reading recently in the book of Joshua, and this past week the story of Rahab caught my attention. It’s a familiar story… of how the harlot Rahab protected the Israelite spies and then was spared when the city of Jericho was destroyed. She went on to become a respected member of Israelite society, marrying a man named Salmon.…

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    Priorities

    I’ve been thinking a lot about priorities lately. Compared to many of today’s families our daily lives are really quite simple. We are not involved in very many on-going regularly-scheduled outside-the-home activities. Yet each morning there are things to be done, tasks to be accomplished. We have a never-ending to-do list, places to go, people to see. It can be…