The art of thankfulness

One of my daughter's favorite things to tease me about is a conversation we had a couple years ago. I said, "I'm so thankful . . ." and then trailed off. She waited a moment for me to finish (I was driving and therefore paying attention to traffic), then asked what I was thankful for.... Continue Reading →


#WATWB When it’s not about you

I've grown to really love these monthly #WATWB posts. I love searching for the one I eventually feature, and I love seeing what everyone else finds, too. Some of them tell of an innovation that helps an entire village, some of them feature kindness to animals, some of them demonstrate kindness to strangers. All of... Continue Reading →


Change is inevitable. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either too young to know any better, or old enough to be blatantly lying—either to you or to themselves. Depending on who you are and what, exactly, is changing, the experience can be either a positive or a negative thing. Sometimes a positive change for one... Continue Reading →

The post that isn’t a post

Today is my regularly scheduled post day, and this time? I've got nothing. No big idea, no inspiration, nothing. It was my 28th wedding anniversary yesterday (Tim's too, which I was glad about) and we did a whole lot of nothing to celebrate. Those are sometimes the best kind of days, when we have nowhere... Continue Reading →

Birthday season: last but not least

The weather where I live is changing into our fall season, with a burst of vibrant colors decorating the trees before we head into seemingly endless winter. October marks the last of the birthdays in our household until February, where I would love to assume that four months of rest and prep time will yield... Continue Reading →

What do we (literally) stand for?

I don't normally post inflammatory things. In fact, I studiously avoid even the appearance of inflammatory-ness on social media (yes, I just made up a word but I'm an editor so it's okay). Why is this so? I work at a church. As someone whose job involves being in the public eye quite a bit... Continue Reading →

#WATWB When in doubt, bake!

I'm sure a lot of people will be posting flood/hurricane stories for this month's We Are the World Blogfest (#WATWB), and I'm no different. Actually, this one kind of tickled me because it sounds like something I'd do in that situation. In Houston, workers at El Bolillo Bakery found themselves trapped at work due to... Continue Reading →

Shared life, happy life

When I said we had a streak of birthdays from July through October, I wasn't exaggerating. You can't shake a calendar around this place without a birthday falling out. And this month, just a few days ago, my hubby celebrated a milestone birthday . . . which, for some reason, my autocorrect changed to "millstone"... Continue Reading →

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