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May 22

May 22, 2017

For Moms of Graduating Seniors — hold tight and let go

  Last week, I wrote an email to a cherished friend whose first born is about to graduation from high school.  I have found myself sharing these types of words often in the last couple of years (many of the MOPS Moms I mentored now have graduation seniors)…. You have no idea how many times I have thought of you over the past school year as you have posted photos of your senior.  There have been so many times that…

Posted in A Mother's Paycheck, Biblical LIfe Coach, Christian Speaker, Faith, Family, Mothering, Recognize and Remember, Recognize and Remember, Uncategorized

Mar 30

March 30, 2017

The Legacy Scrapbook My Parents Left

When my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004, I gave them a gift that was a disappointment.  It came in a large, beautifully wrapped box and contained an empty scrapbook with pretty papers and die-cut numbers of each year of their marriage. They had expected a completed scrapbook of their 50 years together – not an empty book. (I did give them a small scrapbook of greetings from family and friends). My hope in giving them the empty…

Posted in 50th wedding anniversary scrapbook, Biblical LIfe Coach, Faith, Family, Recognize and Remember, Recognize and Remember

Oct 8

October 8, 2016

Legacy – what we will leave behind

This morning, I told my husband again that I missed my parents.  I miss their presence in my life, the ease of our conversations, the interest they had in me and the fact that they knew me first. Their legacy in my life goes far beyond money, it is rooted on relationships.  Their relationship with each other, with me, my family and most importantly their relationship with our Heavenly Father. I have been pondering the concept of legacy since our…

Posted in Biblical LIfe Coach, Faith, Family, Recognize and Remember, Recognize and Remember, Reminders of Faith

Sep 7

September 7, 2016

Time Eases All Things ~ 35 years of marriage

On top of our bedroom dresser sit numerous frames with photos of our beloved family.  There is a large framed image from a Mary Engelbreit calendar that was framed by our middle daughter as a gift for a prior anniversary.  It is an image of an older couple swinging on a porch swing as they look at old photos.  The Sophocles’ quote “Time eases all things” is printed on the image. My husband and I celebrated 35 years of marriage on September…

Posted in Biblical LIfe Coach, Family, God's faithfulness, Recognize and Remember, Recognize and Remember, Remember, Thankful

Jun 25

June 25, 2016

Telling of God’s faithfulness

I have spent the last couple of weeks with my family – our daughters, son-in-laws and grandchildren. Some of the time was spent in our home along with a few days in the mountains of West Virginia. Throughout our time together, I found myself sitting back in utter amazement at the family God has blessed us with.  Each couple is uniquely different and approaches life from their gifting and personality.  Even though there is great love among us – it…

Posted in Family, God's faithfulness, Recognize and Remember

Jun 13

June 13, 2016

Share your imperfect home with others

You know the old saying, “The cobbler’s children have no shoes”, I heard that often over 18 years as I awaited a fireplace in our great room.  Eighteen (yes, 18) years ago, my husband built our home and we moved into a very unfinished home.  My husband is a contractor by trade, so often our projects got put on the back burner while he worked on other’s projects.  To his credit, he did great work as he finished projects in…

Posted in Family, Home, Uncategorized

Mar 1

March 1, 2016

My Grandmothers’ quilts and Psalm 90

Last year, I had several quilt tops from my grandmothers quilted.  These quilts had been pieced together by my paternal and maternal grandmothers and one was most probably worked on my maternal great-grandmother.   The woman who quilted them thought that one was probably from the 1930’s (the one with a variety of patchwork material) and the other one from the 1940’s.  What a breathtaking thought, that the hands that loved and raised my parents made these quilts (most likely…

Posted in Faith, Family, Home, Memories, Recognize and Remember, Uncategorized

Jan 27

January 27, 2016

Around our table

Our first table was from my parent’s basement and around it sat 4 folding chairs.  It was just the two of us, learning this relationship called marriage and learning to eat my cooking (my first attempt at gravy turned into a ball).  In our first week of marriage, we had already been dealt a life change diagnose of type 1 diabetes (insulin, needles, meal plans and many tears).  Sitting across from each other, around that basement table a tradition began…

Posted in Family, God's faithfulness, Marriage, Memories, Recognize and Remember, Recognize and Remember

Mar 17

March 17, 2015

Those who have known me the longest

Earlier this month, a quiet day went by without the world knowing how this day changed my life.  I started to write a few words about the importance of this day on Facebook, but deleted the post when the few written words could not portray my heart’s feelings.  On March 12, 2014 my Dad, my only living parent entered his eternal home and the one who had known me the longest left this earth.  Just 14 months before, my Mom…

Posted in Family, Home, Recognize and Remember

Feb 19

February 19, 2015

Memories of the Old Hymn Board ….

Growing up,  my family attended a little white county church called Monroe Chapel United Methodist Church in the middle of nowhere.  We were there every Sunday Morning and Evening, for wonderful potluck dinners, for VBS in the summer and Christmas programs in the winter.  It was here where I wore my Sunday best (complete with hat, gloves and purse which I obviously needed in this metropolis), that I played Red Rover at VBS,  and it was here that I first felt the love…

Posted in Family, Mary & Martha, Reminders of Faith