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!
I can't let Thanksgiving go by without thanking God for my beautiful family, friends, and readers here at The Silver Lining! I also want to thank God for healing me from horrible chronic migraines! These terrible headaches robbed me of my time, comfort, and happiness. Thank you to all of you who have prayed for … Continue reading Thanking God… Choosing to Trust Him in Your Trials
It hurts... this feeling inside of me. I'm missing a city I've always wanted to visit and finally did. I ache to go back to the ancient cathedrals and castles. I yearn to pause and take in the incredibly beautiful paintings by renown artists, such as Van Gogh, Renoir, and Monet. I wish to laugh … Continue reading Homesick for London… a City I’ve Only Visited
Ferris Wheel Fun Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, All lit up at night, Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, Fills me with delight! Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, Time to step inside, Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, It's my favorite ride! Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, High up in the air, Ferris wheel, Ferris wheel, Good thing God's up … Continue reading Ferris Wheel Fun
Ever been told to "Let it go?" We heard the song for one whole summer after practically every little girl in America had seen the Walt Disney movie; Frozen. How fitting, since the movie was about letting go of the power of evil, so goodness can reign victorious; just as it does with the children … Continue reading Let Go of the Yo-Yo String… Find Freedom from Depression!
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
Fathers are meant to love, guide, encourage, protect, teach, comfort, and lead us. So what happens when a father doesn't fulfill his responsibilities? Emptiness happens. Depression happens. Doubt happens. Confusion happens. Children lose their way. A neglectful father leaves his children to fend for themselves. They may have to fend for food or clothing, or … Continue reading When You Have an Absent, Abusive, or Abandoning Father… God Cares
It's graduation time! This year is especially meaningful to me, because my twin sons are included among the 2017 graduates. As homeschoolers, my husband and I have watched them pursue their interests from a young age, with the freedom and time to really develop and excel at their God-given gifts and talents. For that, we … Continue reading Be of Good Courage, Christian Graduates! God Promises You a Great Future!
Sometimes you're feeling down, maybe really down... and your eyes light on something out of the blue... something that makes you smile. Today it's one of my daughter's simple deer drawings. The notepad is lying open, because she's working on her book, in my room, on the floor... because she never likes to be alone. … Continue reading Give God Your Failed Plans…God Prospers and Encourages Us with Silver Linings, Smiles, and Truth
Happy Palm Sunday! Here's my crooked little cross made from a palm branch. It's far from perfect; just like me! But I'm redeemed, and Jesus lives in my heart! Therefore, I am forgiven; washed in the blood of the lamb, as clean as purely white, fresh fallen snow! I am 2-1/2 weeks into recovery from … Continue reading It’s Palm Sunday! Rejoice!