Be More You

I took this picture about 6:00am. I opened my deck for the day—opening the umbrella, putting down the porch swing from its out-of-the-rain position, putting up the gates so the dogs can’t get off the deck—and I looked down to see the sun shining through the flower petals. Instantly I […]

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Dreams Come True (Sometimes when We’re not Looking)

When the kids were little we had a Sesame Street book about the four seasons. A few of the pages showed a family’s backyard and how it changed with each season. It also showed the family doing seasonal activities in their backyard. This family happened to have a little pond […]

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I Want to Tell You. . .

I wish I could tell you what made my day today. I am excited! But I can’t say anything—yet. It may not come to fruition, but it is a yes for the next step. If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know I often talk […]

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Today I Made a Hard Decision

I have been overwhelmed lately. Being overwhelmed always comes with its fraternal twin, frustration, and their younger sibling, guilt, in tow. Okay, enough of the family analogy. You get the idea. I feel like I have more to do than time to do it. I feel like I am always […]

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My Life-Giving Day

The past few days I’ve been mulling over the phrase “life-giving.” God placed this phrase in my path twice in one day. Both times it was spoken/written by women I deeply respect, admire, and aspire to be like. So I thought God might be trying to tell me something—like “pay […]

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Why I’m Living Life Strong till I’m 97

Lately I’ve been posting videos on my social media to encourage women in my area to come to a focus/study group I’m teaching for my new book proposal material. (Above is a screenshot of one.*) I’m not especially comfortable making the videos. I’m more of a face-to-face-use-more-words kinda person. But […]

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Why You Should Never Go In My Laundry Room

This is me working in the yard this afternoon. I had yet to venture out into the jungle known as our yard. Gene has been mowing, but I had not begun the after-winter cleanup. Lots of reasons why—poor weather, busy with more important things/people. I have lots of things in […]

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A Day of Wonder and Delight

Today was one of those fill-me-up-but-exhaust-me days. We’re keeping The Grand overnight. He is in the exploratory stage so Gene and I spend much of our time watching him gather and line up rocks, while helping him up and down the porch and deck steps. He’s into throwing balls and […]

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Finding the Thankfuls in Today

Today has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions. And the emotion that runs through every part of this day is thankfulness. The first part of my day was spent in a cozy room at the church with the faithful women in the focus group for my new book proposal. I […]

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My Crazy, Wonderful Life

The past few months when I’ve been asked what I’m up to, I stammer. The person often offers, “Busy with your grandson?” Yes, but he doesn’t take all my time. I come away from those conversations feeling directionless and wondering—What am I doing with my time?! Then a couple of […]

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