Generosity, Identity

A Funny Story and An Identity Crisis

Social Media is such an interesting thing. I have a love/hate relationship with it, and I suspect you probably do too. I love connecting with people there and sharing all of life’s highlights, and I hate the negative way it is used by some. I love the ability to stay up to date on the… Read More A Funny Story and An Identity Crisis

Adorning the Truth, Advent

What Mary Said (And a Special Request)

Her words struck me intensely this time, though I’ve read them many times before. “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) What a response. What beautiful surrender. What a quiet humility. What fierce faith. And displayed in the midst of a situation seemingly impossible, certainly… Read More What Mary Said (And a Special Request)

Advent, Holidays

Advent Hope!

It felt like I couldn’t really begin to participate in Advent season yet, because I had this final exam hanging over my head: Old Testament II.It was only one class, but because of the pace of the last six weeks, I got about 10 lectures (I can view them on my own schedule), and several… Read More Advent Hope!


Giving Thanks, Getting Away, Going Forward

It was such a nice Thanksgiving here. And it’s become such a familiar routine to get ready to host a houseful. Always a few special touches to the day as well. I mean, just take a look at those place cards Kayla made – with a little help from our friend Hadassah. Very special. (The… Read More Giving Thanks, Getting Away, Going Forward

Good Books, Holidays

Five Favorites on Friday: Christmas Books

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. The house is in perfect order after all dishes have been washed and returned to their spots from the day before. There is leftover food, so I don’t have to cook. We’ll cut down a Christmas tree at our favorite local farm this morning, and… Read More Five Favorites on Friday: Christmas Books

Abiding in the Vine, Walking With Christ

Life Is Scary, But He Is Sweet

Sweet. Not the eight pies I just made for tomorrow’s festivities, but God. That’s how I’ve been describing Him lately anyway. I love words, and so I’m always Googling definitions, synonyms, and even etymologies. When I searched “sweet” this is what I found… pleasant, delightful, nice, good…kind, gentle, sensitive Yes, all of those things. God… Read More Life Is Scary, But He Is Sweet

Giving Thanks, Home, Hospitality

Pumpkin Bread & Preparations

Kayla created this really great gluten free pumpkin bread recipe a few years back.  We can’t quite remember how she did it, but possibly from a combination of other recipes we’d seen and used before. It’s a good one, and I pulled it out on Sunday to make a dessert for a church youth lunch… Read More Pumpkin Bread & Preparations


Cold Fronts and Cool Retreats

“We’re expecting a cold front here tomorrow,” is what my dad told me over the phone and from the heart of Texas on Friday night. On Saturday morning, I heard it again from another Texas friend. It was Kelly’s (a.k.a. Miss Riggs) birthday, and when I texted her to wish her a happy day, she… Read More Cold Fronts and Cool Retreats

Favorite Things

Five Favorites On Friday

My seminary lectures and readings last week were all on the book of Ecclesiastes. Kind of depressing at first. “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” (1:2) “The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.” (1:8) “So I hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun… Read More Five Favorites On Friday

Abiding in the Vine

Prince of Peace, Come and Reign

It was such a lovely weekend. About twenty-five of us gathered in what can only be described as a log mansion. The oversized stone fireplaces surrounded by the coziest of furniture on every level disqualified it from being a mere cabin. Built long ago as a luxurious hunting lodge, it now serves as the retirement home… Read More Prince of Peace, Come and Reign