Don’t Be Afraid of Hard Work

Hard work is nothing to be scared of. Let’s model this for our kids — and for our own good. All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. – Proverbs 14:23 As moms and as women, we have a myriad of tasks set before us. Cleaning, child care, and cooking […]

Love.

photo source: D Sharon Pruitt I have a good friend who is very much like me. We have the same name; we both speak French; we both love bleu cheese on a grilled steak. We both have dads of Norwegian heritage and short stature. It’s fun to share these odd similarities. And yet, why do […]

Keeping that Christmas Spirit Alive

I read somewhere on Facebook last month a comment something to the effect: I am so glad to see all this brotherly love, but why can’t it happen all year long? It’s true. For some reason it’s easier to buy the lady behind me at Starbucks a Peppermint Mocha in December than it is to […]

How to Have a Happy (New) Year

photo source We say “Happy New Year!” But I wonder if we are really just referring to the night or the day surrounding the change of years. Ya know, “Have a great party!” Rarely on January 1 have I thought about the year as a whole and how to make the next 364 days happy […]

Getting My Christmas On

I mentioned last week that I decided to go to battle for Christmas. I went Christmas shopping. Ordered from Amazon what I couldn’t find locally. I even wrapped everything as soon as it came in the door. This is progress, people. I usually spend all Christmas evening wrapping. Not this year. I’m going to bed […]

Perspective & the To Do List

The Plague slowed me down this year and last year, too. And that is probably all well and good. We all need a little perspective sometimes when it comes to our Christmas “to do” lists. The following post was written four years ago when we were reeling from the death of my mother-in-law. I had a newborn. […]

Time to Worry Means Time to Pray

I’m blessed with some amazing friends, both real and virtual. Some I’ve known forever; others I’ve never met outside of the computer keyboard. Either way, they are amazing people. My cup of friendship is definitely on the full side. I count you among them as well. Your responses to my struggles last week were so […]

Little, HARD Things

As I type this I’m sniffling back tears. It’s been a week of “little, but significant” HARD things. Let’s face it. The month has been like that. Dear friends are moving — to Australia. Do you know how expensive it is to fly eight people to the land down under? Money was stolen from my […]