TBT: 10 years ago I said “YES”


Practice Gratitude

In honor of Throw back Thursday: Ten years ago, yesterday, my husband asked me to marry him. We had just graduated college and he asked me to go to dinner to celebrate. It was a good idea to celebrate, but my best friend was visiting from out of town and I couldn’t figure out why […]

May 29, 2014

It is Well…


Practice Gratitude

A year ago, I was invited to attend the Tuesday morning women’s bible study at our church. Initially I was somewhat apprehensive about joining this already established group of women. My apprehension  was not only unfounded but silly. I was welcomed and warmly received. The women come from all walks of life and age groups. They encourage, love and accept each other. […]

May 27, 2014

A Laid-back Open House Couples Shower


Joyful hosting

Together with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, I was privileged to host a couples wedding shower over Easter weekend.  The shower was for my niece, Brittni, and her fiancé, Justin – such a fun couple! It was our pleasure to celebrate with them as they prepare for their big day! Justin had never met most of Brittni’s MN family […]

May 23, 2014

What’s a Little Rain?


Parenting, Practice Gratitude

  When I woke up this morning I had basic expectations for the day: clean the house, run an errand, go to the grocery store.  I noticed the gloomy clouds outside but it didn’t really phase me. I grabbed a yogurt and started making a cup of coffee. Regular. Normally I drink decaf, but my daughter […]

May 19, 2014

Impatient for Patience


I'm a Work in Progresss, Parenting, Practice Gratitude

Recently, I snapped at my son, impatient with his whiny attitude. My unkind tone invoked tears. Annoyed, I went on to tell him how whining hurt my ears. Now sobbing, he cried, “Stop talking, mom”. His words stung. They were all he could utter to express his hurt feelings. Convicted, his tears broke my heart. Correcting his attitude was […]

May 13, 2014