I packed my heaviest winter coat. I refolded my fleece-lined leggings and threw in another set of thermals. I checked the weather again on my phone, fingers crossed the storm would have dissipated. Alas, another wave of ice and snow would be pouring out soon. Resigned, we made the decision to cancel our trip. All… Continue reading Redirection
One of my favorite things about Christmas is receiving Christmas cards from friends and coworkers. Especially this year, since I haven’t physically seen a lot of the smiling faces hanging on my wall in quite some time. Moms, you did a great job getting everyone looking their best! I know the dads were there, too,… Continue reading Mary, did you know?
We’ve been decking the halls and preparing for the Christmas season. Part of that process has been getting rid of some of the stuff we have accumulated over the course of this year to make room for the tree, gifts, and garland. Of course, it’s also prime time to purge some of the toys the… Continue reading Hidden. Holly. Holy.
“What are you thankful for?” I asked my patients this question all week leading into the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the answer I got most often was “Nothing.” I’d offer some suggestions I thought each may be thankful for. Reluctantly, some of them replied, “I guess I’m thankful I’m alive.” These responses just broke my… Continue reading Thankful
He twirled me around one last time and said, “Meet me at the altar.” I skipped to my room to await the time when my daddy would walk me down the aisle to meet Ben at the altar. All these years later, I have a much greater respect for the altar. In my 23-year-old mind,… Continue reading Meet Me at the Altar
Have you ever been driving, then look around and think, “How did I get here?” Have you ever looked around in your life and thought, “How did I get here?” I talked about how we want a word from God, but often miss the way He speaks to us in a previous blog. Samuel knows… Continue reading Hear I Am
We are big on going for walks around here. We walk to the pond. We walk to check on the cows. We walk to the mailbox. We walk to visit family. We also discovered that, apart from the educational value our walks have, this exercise also serves to expend some of the energy from our… Continue reading Slithering Serpents
Yall, I've been complaining all week. I know you've been there. Too much to do, too little time. I thought about just throwing my hands up and calling it a day. It's just not in my nature to do so. Our kids turned 2 and 4 this week! We had a sweet little party for them,… Continue reading God, You’re So Good
I’m just working for the weekend. If I hurry up and get it done now, I can relax later. If I don’t do it, who will? Have you found yourself thinking these things lately? In a world of go, go, go, and do, do, do – it becomes a badge of honor we wear proudly.… Continue reading Martha, Martha, Martha
“Pick up your cross and follow me.” Sounds easy enough. Try to act in a way that appears to be in compliance with what God wants and adheres to the rules of morality it seems like Christians keep. Is that all it takes? The literal cross that Christ died on represents far more than just… Continue reading Lay it all Down