I find it interesting that my husband has been diagnosed with rare stage four cancer; and it’s all happening before Easter, my favorite time of year. It’s a time of new beginnings: when beautiful irises come into bloom, when Dave and our boys have played electric and acoustic guitar and drums in the church worship … Continue reading 4/17 Dave’s Testimony: Roller Coaster… Easter Joys in Fighting Cancer
Two weeks ago our family began our Christmas celebration with a warm-hearted adventure in frigid Toronto. It was everything I wanted it to be, with God revealing how disappointments could end up turning into something even better. But, I also noticed that amid the excitement of exploring a new city with great sights; it was … Continue reading Canadian Christmas in Toronto… Great Joy Comes from Simple Joys
God spoke to my heart quite a bit over this wonderful spring break in New York City. My family had the pleasure of visiting some truly magnificent giraffes, as they joyously galloped about on a gorgeous, sunny day at the Bronx Zoo. I have more blog posts coming for you from the exciting city of … Continue reading Joy is a Gallant, Galloping Giraffe!
It was late. It had been a long day of Christmas errands, wrapping, and preparing for my daughter’s Christmas party the next day. We were ready for hosting her closest homeschool friends. The house was even… clean. My daughter and I were cuddling in one of our new chairs, in front of the fireplace. I … Continue reading Joy is EATING a Broken Gingerbread House!
Today is my 23rd Anniversary! This weekend my husband came home with 2 dozen roses… times four. After joyfully sharing my story, I was asked about the significance of the number, and at first thought there wasn’t any. Yet, I realize now, there are years of significance in remembering through the roses… Wouldn’t 100 make it exactly … Continue reading 96 Roses… The Significance of an Anniversary filled with Fears, Tears, and Joy through the Years
Does it burn you up to see people getting praise who don’t deserve it? The devil blinds people to the truth. His job is to accuse genuine Christian believers, and to convince the weak to help him do his dirty work. The devil is the Deceiver, Father of lies, and the Accuser. He works hard … Continue reading When Evil is Praised, God is not Mocked… Enjoy Your Orchard!
Today I am one month into my recovery from back surgery. While I still have pain, I’m getting around a lot better. I love my home, but I start to go stir crazy if I don’t get outside to breathe in some fresh, clean air. I’ve been getting that slightly overwhelming feeling of wondering how … Continue reading Two are Better than One… The Healing Joy of Friendship
I never expected God would fill me up with so much joy, at the exact same time I’d be recovering from major back surgery! I’m two weeks into recovery, and God has been lighting up my life! Now don’t get me wrong… it hurts! The pain is intense. Just when I think the pain is … Continue reading The Unexpected Joy of REST
Is somebody being a real “turkey” to you this year? Thanksgiving can be a tough time for a lot of people who are excited to get together, but end up feeling let down by hurtful family and friends. During this time of my husband healing from cancer; God has immensely blessed our own family with … Continue reading When Thanksgiving Hurts… A Bite of Encouragement for Struggles with Self Worth, Rejection, Forgiveness, and Boundaries
So many beautiful, compassionate prayer warriors are waiting right now, to hear the results of Dave’s latest cancer scan. We received the good news last night, but first needed to share with our children and family members. We’re still processing everything ourselves! Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, support, and compassion. We’re so grateful! Last … Continue reading 11/9 Dave’s Testimony: Tumors Shrink as Our Faith in God Keeps Growing… Good News Cancer Scan!