Giving Thanks

forest path

Things I’m giving thanks for today, in no particular order: 1. Cute kids 2. A cute husband who “rode herd,” while I was in The Cookbook Writing Zone. I was able to turn it in a day early. (Apparently, I surprised a certain editor that I was on schedule. C’mon…. I want the A.) 3. […]

Crusts or No Crusts?


My three oldest children eat the sandwich, crust and all. My three youngest children treat the crust like they would the rind of a watermelon. They eat as far into the sandwich as their chubby cheeks allow and then they discard the rest. Since I hate waste more than I am bothered by picky eaters, […]

Crossing a Bridge

turtles on a bridge log

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build. Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 […]

Run to Your Father

Jessie and Jack 2

Today is Father’s Day. I am very blessed to have my husband, my father, and my father-in-law in my life. Each plays a different part in teaching me about the world, relationships, and loving people. But I’m reminded that there are men who yearn for children but do not have them as well as men […]

The Easiest & Hardest Gift to Give on Father’s Day

union 28 shirt

Last month we talked about how easy it is to give mom a bottle of perfume instead of an act of service. Service costs us something more than money. And it’s difficult. The same kind of thing applies to celebrating our husbands on Father’s Day. True, the “holiday” is about children acknowledging their fathers, but […]

Marriage & Simply Being Together

I am no expert on marriage. But, thankfully, I’ve spent the last 16 years married to Mr. Right-for-Me. It hasn’t been all fun and games. There have been rough times. We’ve been hacking a life together in the jungle. But, whoever wrote those traditional marriage vows knew what he was saying: for richer, for poorer, in […]

Unexpected Blessings

photo source Over the years life has taken some unexpected twists and turns. And while the journey has been bumpy at times, there have been some unexpected blessings at the end of every twist, many of which have been chronicled here in this itty bitty corner of the web. Care to walk with me down […]

Booking It with Mandi Ehman, Kristen Welch, and Andrew Peterson


Are you Booking It this year? Yesterday we discussed the “assigned” reading of the month, The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. Today we’re sharing all the reading we’ve done over the last month. I’m actually surprised at how much reading I did. I credit a lot of it to owning a Kindle. Not only does the Kindle […]