Changing My Focus for the Next Half of My Life

Tonight at supper I had an epiphany. You might think I’ve said this before and maybe I have. But tonight it came to me in a fresh way that helped me process more clearly. The thought came to me of things I am done with. I thought, “Here I am […]

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If You’re About to Send a Kid to College. . .

I chatted with a mom today who will be taking her youngest to college in about a week. The daughter is a junior so this mom knows all too well how quiet the house will be in a couple of weeks. She already anticipates her empty bedroom and one less […]

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Enjoy the Crazy

A little bit of everything–I think the new normal for this crazy wonderful season of life is a little bit of everything everyday. Today I worked on preparation for our staycation. I can’t wait to show you what I’m doing and the finished product. But first the kids need to […]

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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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The Best Is Yet To Come

I wrote this piece last night right before bed. “The Perfect Family” is my nickname for our neighbors who live across our little lake. I call them “The Perfect Family” because they are so fun and have a chocolate Labrador Retreiver.   The Perfect Family had a party tonight. It […]

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The Life God Had for Me Today

Today did not go as planned. I started my day with a tidy to-do list. It wasn’t overly ambitious but I would have definitely felt a certain satisfaction had I completed it. But then. . . The phone rang. . .and my to-do list went bye-bye. I wasn’t happy about it. […]

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What Fill My Soul

I have thought about this often, but didn’t have the words for it until today. Much of my life is preparation—me preparing for what will happen the next day or the next week or next month. This week is a perfect example. I prepared for tomorrow’s focus group: Writing the […]

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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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Sheer Delight

These pictures from our dinner tonight tell the story. I don’t need to say a word. (But I will.) You can see his mind working—what can I do with a spoon and fork? I’m sure he’s not the first toddler to ask that question in his mind. After a few […]

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