The Most Beautiful Garden (The Grass is Always Greener)

photo source There’s a garden nearby where children play happily, never bickering or squabbling. They share nicely and politely. Always. They are impeccably dressed, no stains or tears in sight. The older  help the younger and obviously enjoy each other’s company. The yard is well-tended with beautiful flowers, neatly trimmed bushes, and lush lawns, all […]

Growing a Beautiful Marriage (The Grass is Always Greener…)

I am not one to say that I have the perfect marriage. I am not a perfect wife. And hubs, well, he’s not perfect, either. Recently I read through an old journal that reflected a very tough year. Whew. Humbling. There are seasons of spring where everything’s roses. And there are seasons of winter when things […]

Watering With God (The Grass is Always Greener)

I didn’t become a Christian until shortly before my 18th birthday. Until then, I’d, more or less, been a “good girl.” I didn’t smoke or drink. I didn’t party. I got good grades. There were nicer, kinder kids than me, certainly. But there were “worse.” I thought I was pretty okay. And then I learned […]

The Grass is Always Greener: Find Living Water

This is an ongoing series. If you missed the first installment, you can go back to the beginning. Discontent. Comparison. Jealousy. We all fall victim to these temptations at one time or another. Ever find yourself wondering why someone else has what you want? Sometimes it’s seemingly random as to who gets the gold in […]

The Grass is Always Greener….

It can be all too easy for us to compare ourselves to someone else. It can be the celebrity on TV, a co-worker, a family member, or the girl next door. And sometimes that comparison leads to jealousy and want. What we once thought was sufficient somehow pales next to what someone else has. Yes, […]

Starting Fresh

photo source This past week has been one of spinning plates. I did a lot of running around for science class and library trips and swim lessons. I forgot to thaw foods for meal prep. I overslept one morning and tanked the rest of the day. I don’t think I was “caught up” or ahead […]

Treasures in Cardboard Boxes?

When we got engaged we chose a “casual” china pattern. As far as I was concerned, they were our good dishes — and our only dishes. I loved the pattern, and didn’t want anything else. Once kids came along, I started rethinking “the good and only” part of the scenario, and we got some plain […]

Defining Moments

There are defining moments for every generation. I imagine that we may each get several in our lifetimes. For my grandparents, it might have been the end of World War Two. For my parents, the assassination of John F. Kennedy. For the longest time, I thought the Challenger explosion was that moment for me. And […]