Top 5 or 6 or 7 or so folks who impacted me the most in 2012


I know writing a post like this is a bit like an acceptance speech at the Grammy's. You're afraid you might start someone out, and that someone gets ticks off, and then everyone leaves irritated instead of lifted up. So, I'm never going to get a Grammy, and I'm sure I'll leave someone out, and … Continue reading Top 5 or 6 or 7 or so folks who impacted me the most in 2012

Things that make you think of Fresca


I'm not sure when he said it. But one of the pastors at our church yesterday said the word "refresh." The word sent a jolt of electricity through me. When I dropped to a moment of self analyzation of why I was affected so strongly by this word "refresh" my prepubescent mind went to mental … Continue reading Things that make you think of Fresca

Guest Post from my son Alex: A 5 yr old view of Guatemala


Today is Adoption Day at our house! This is the day we celebrate our son Alex coming home to be with us forever! The idea that God found us worthy to parent Alex still blows us away. I think I would have always had an unidentified incompleteness if Alex had not completed our family.My son … Continue reading Guest Post from my son Alex: A 5 yr old view of Guatemala

Contemplating the Universe: Memorial Day


I am a huge Avenger fan. In fact, I've loved all the individual movies leading up to The Avengers. I'm fascinated with each characters passion of protecting America and it's inhabitants. I like to think we're still one nation under God with the tagline, "whether you believe it or see it." One of my favorite … Continue reading Contemplating the Universe: Memorial Day

3 Things I learned this week from Little Miss Darby Graham


I have a little friend whom I've never been blessed with actually meeting. Before you start questioning the voices in my head, this little friend actually exists. Her name is Darby Graham and I think she's pretty neat. I call her Little Miss just because. At four, she digs bling so I try to send … Continue reading 3 Things I learned this week from Little Miss Darby Graham

Yet another lesson in grace: No strings attached


I didn't really want to go at all. This side of the family sucks the life out of me. I went because my DH is gracious and caring. I blame him. Among other things, I got scolded for giving an unsolicited gift. The recipient was mad because they didn't know we were exchanging gifts. They … Continue reading Yet another lesson in grace: No strings attached

I’m moving up from the kid table.


If you haven't caught wind of my whining yet, you may not know I'm hosting Thanksgiving tomorrow. I love having people in my house. I love even serving food to people especially if it's from a box from Costco. I just really don't like the cooking and cleaning for a formal holiday. That's a lot … Continue reading I’m moving up from the kid table.

Breathe easy my friend


Oxygen is pretty darn important. Were you aware if you are deprived of oxygen for just a few minutes brain injuries can be sustained? And even if a mild deprivation occurs we can experience lack of attention,¬†poor judgment, memory loss and a decrease in muscle coordination? I remember one of my track coaches telling me … Continue reading Breathe easy my friend

I was born taller than my Grammy


I was born taller than my Grammy. But my whole life I've looked up to her. Elaine Maxwell was born something like January 26, 1915 in Central Missouri. She's about 97 years old. She did have a gaggle of brothers and sisters. Her father had a reputation of being a mean one. She graduated from … Continue reading I was born taller than my Grammy

What’s in your top dresser drawer?


My top drawer is filled with handwritten cards of encouragement or thanks from friends and family over the years. When I need a boost of confidence or if I'm feeling lonely I love to re-read these cards from people who know me best. Most of the cards and letters are from my friend Kelly. She … Continue reading What’s in your top dresser drawer?