Today I enjoyed a quiet afternoon – football in the background, kids napping, husband nodding off on the couch. While prepping food for dinner, I reflected on how God is so good. And on how much a day of rest is needed. Sunday afternoons at home are a lovely gift. I wasn’t paying attention to the TV but […]

November 22, 2015

Practice Gratitude – And An Invitation.


  As I wrote last year, I firmly believe that Thanksgiving is more than a meal with Turkey. In 2014, our family placed an extra focus on gratitude during the month of November. Our son and I filled out gratitude calendars. It was amazing to hear how our 4-year-old son could verbalize what he was thankful for and […]

November 2, 2015



It’s Monday. Before jumping headfirst into the week, why don’t we just take a moment to be joyful in this moment? As I consider all that is before me, and all behind me, I am left with one simple yet profound word. Grateful. The weekend did not go as planned. A little one had a fever so instead of a weekend […]

October 12, 2015

The Pledge, The Whole Pledge, And Nothing But The Pledge of Allegiance


The Fourth of July is a time to reflect on our country. I am grateful to be a citizen of this great nation. Regardless of our differences. Regardless of our struggles. We are privileged to live here. Today we celebrate our independence with barbeques, family and friends, and spectacular fireworks. We are FREE to do […]

July 4, 2015

Never Say “Never”

Faith, Gratitude

It’s never good to say never. Especially when it refers to minivans and our plans of the future. Ever have those moments in life where you literally eat your words? I’ve had several such moments as I’ve learned the lesson – never say ‘never’. Once upon a time, I had these plans. They were my […]

June 24, 2015