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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A Day in Real Life Home Reno

This is the only picture from today. Kelsey and I spent the afternoon shopping and researching for bathroom fixtures, flooring, and tile. Thanks to all things HGTV and Pinterest Kelsey and Caleb have seen more home reno ideas than they know what to do with. My job with Kelsey today […]

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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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Living My HGTV/Pinterest Dream–For a Little While Today

A couple of weeks ago I asked Gene for a board to make a “Welcome” sign similar to one I found on Pinterest. He pulled out several boards. Each one was unique. One was new wood. One had a rich great grain. He showed me two slim boards he could […]

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Making Sure You Achieve Your 2017 Goals

Preface: God knows one way we learn best is by hearing the same idea said in a different way. I wrote this blog a couple of days ago deeply from my heart. It is something God is teaching me and it is working in me. When I almost finished I […]

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Two Simple Ways to Put First the Important People/Things in Your Life

Today many people go back to work after a long Christmas break and many kids go back to school. Life as it was before the holidays returns. Life-as-it-was may bring the dread of jumping back on the crazy hamster wheel which never slows and of which you feel you can […]

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How Being a Little Grinchy Brings Peace

If you’re anything like me, your angst is growing right along with your Christmas to-do list as the days grow fewer. I need to be ready for Christmas by December 21. Katie and Joe arrive that day and I want to be fully prepared so I can enjoy them and […]

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Navigating Changes in Your Holiday Traditions

“So how was your Thanksgiving?”, a friend at church asked me Sunday morning. She meant it to be pleasant small talk and she really did care. I started my reply with the usual, “Good, thanks for asking”, but before I knew it feelings that I thought were neatly tucked away […]

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What to Do When You’re Discouraged

I’m back writing after a few days off recovery from what I affectionately call a “tune-up”—necessary but not life-threatening surgery. Wow, it’s tough getting the writing to flow after anesthesia-brain, much TV watching (did you know the Olympics are on for seven hours a day—and that’s just one station?!), napping, […]

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