The Inspiration Cycle

We moms want to inspire our kids. Just having children makes us strive to be the best versions of ourselves, examples we hope they’ll want to emulate. But in some ways, my kids have already surpassed that goal, and now, they inspire me. My 14-year-old son started a YouTube channel this summer, where he posts… Continue reading The Inspiration Cycle

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97 Pounds of Accountability

Every morning, my fourteen-year-old daughter and I work out together. Ever the morning person, Shae (of Teen, Meet God and Shae's Days) is nearly always ready before me, hair in a neat ponytail, tennis shoes laced, and tablet queued up with our pre-selected YouTube workout. Meanwhile, I'm generally dragging myself up the stairs to her room a… Continue reading 97 Pounds of Accountability

God Doesn’t Do Kansas Roads

A few years ago, my family traveled to Colorado for vacation. From our home in Illinois, it took us about 22 hours to reach Breckenridge, the pretty mountain town that was our destination. A good chunk of that time was spent on a stretch of road straight west through Kansas. And when I say straight,… Continue reading God Doesn’t Do Kansas Roads

New Year, New Goals, New Posting Schedule

I am so thankful for all of you who have hung in there with me during my long hiatus from blogging. The busy Christmas season is past, and I’ve resumed posting material; but I’ve settled on a new schedule which will better suit this season of my life. Tuesday – personal experience with Scripture application… Continue reading New Year, New Goals, New Posting Schedule

Searching, Finding, Receiving, Giving

Today, Zacchaeus may be fondly remembered as the wee little man in the Sunday school song; but for much of his life, he was ostracized by his community. He was the tax collector for Jericho. Not only was he hated for working hand-in-hand with the Roman Empire, but for being a cheat. No wonder those… Continue reading Searching, Finding, Receiving, Giving

Poetry: After the Snowstorm

I am walking In a pen-and-ink drawing Snow the lustrous linen paper Trees sketched neatly thereupon Sparrows stippling the space between   Then my children Dash onto the scene Coats of turquoise and coral and blue Sleds in other neon hues And brighter than all The incandescent color of laughter   Now I walk In… Continue reading Poetry: After the Snowstorm

More Snacks, Please!

Last Sunday, I asked my junior church class (ages 4-12) what they might like to add to our class time in the coming year. You can imagine their responses, everything from field trips and game days to outdoor classes and nap time...maybe outdoor nap time? And of course, more snacks. A teacher can never bring… Continue reading More Snacks, Please!

Five Lessons Learned from Silence

About the same time that I took a hiatus from blogging in November, I got sick, the kind of cold virus that takes a few weeks to run its course, complete with laryngitis. Losing my voice was the most frustrating part of the illness for me.  No shouting up the stairs when I needed one… Continue reading Five Lessons Learned from Silence

Gatlinburg Photo Shoot

Our family went on a brief trip recently to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains. Though it was a foggy, rainy day, we walked with our cameras around an old homestead, searching for photo opportunities. Here's a bit of what I observed. Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: fire, and hail; snow, and… Continue reading Gatlinburg Photo Shoot

Poetry: Autumn into Winter

Autumn into Winter When the glow of sunset gold Highlights curves of rain-damp roads When the logs lie split and seasoned In their loose-stacked rambling rows When the corn is long cut down Stalks the shade of palest bone   Then a thinner wind blows in Surges swift across bare fields Then leaves that cling… Continue reading Poetry: Autumn into Winter