Germany. The very first memory I have of Halloween, is when my dad helped the local teens paint the windows of our apartment building in Germany. I wanted to help, but I wasn’t allowed to hang out with him on the indoor staircase. I have a photo of myself, around the age of four, dressed … Continue reading Celebration to Conviction… My Christian Halloween Journey
When my husband prayed for God to be at the center of our 24th anniversary adventure in New York City, he meant it. God answered his prayer. Our trip became everything we imagined and more, including the imperfections among the perfections. Yes, our anniversary was about us. After all, we’d never in our entire 24 … Continue reading Glitz, Glamour, and GOD… a New York City Anniversary Adventure
So many hearts find Mother’s Day to be a time of sadness and despair, instead of gladness and delight. Many have lost their mothers due to cancer or old age. Some have been abandoned or abused by their mothers, and are no longer a part of each other’s lives. Some have never known their mothers. … Continue reading 15 Ways to have a Blessed Mother’s Day Even if Family is Not There
Two Cocoons When I see your tiny red naked bodies clad only in diapers the size of a Kleenex, I think that nothing is more fragile, and you’re just like the wings of a butterfly. While one of you cries out like a hungry kitten, the other cries out like a bleating sheep. It … Continue reading Two Cocoons: a Love Poem… My Premature Twins on their Teeny Tiny Miracle Journey
Exactly one week ago, was the big surgery day. For a while, I’ve thought the surgery was long overdue, but now I can see that God planned it to be this way all along. I want my family, friends, readers, writers, church, and even very kind strangers; to know that last week God showed up… … Continue reading When You’re Sick, God Shows Up… Because He’s Already There!
A couple weeks ago, as I stood in line at Costco to purchase my groceries, a young mom struggled with her three children in line. She wore a baby in a pouch, had an older baby in the top seat of the cart, and was trying to calm an angry preschooler who sat in a … Continue reading Fill Your Shopping Cart With Love
I walked out of my bedroom today, and laughed out loud… Barbies were lined up, one by one, their backs sitting neatly against each and every spindle of the balcony railing at the top of the stairs. Several held itty bitty Barbie babies in their arms. I surveyed the entire scene with amusement. “What are … Continue reading Barbies at Church…Preach, Pastor Chocolate!
Last Monday, my daughter came down with the dreaded stomach virus. It was hard to watch our sweet six-year-old bravely suffer, as each wave of nausea hit, until finally nothing remained in her skinny little belly. At two a.m., I thought to anoint her with frankincense oil. Her vomiting lessened and she was finally able … Continue reading God Pulls Us Through Trials of Suffering