Not a Pro

I grew up watching my grandpa Lee build any and all things. He amazed me with his skills in engineering and quick math to get the job done. I’ve seen him look at furniture and then within the next week replicate it. He built rocking elephants, wine barrel furniture, wall art, clocks; and that’s only…

Bench Warmer

Go back with me to more simpler times. Before church sanctuaries doubled as event centers.  Before you could give your tithes via the click of a button. Even before there were padded hook together chairs. I mean waaay back. Like, 30 years ago when I was still allowed to bring toys to church. Any by…

You know it’s harvest when…

…you decide dusting is a huge waste of time, for the next month at least. …you look into your coffee cup before each sip, for fear of swallowing drowned gnats. …breakfast, lunch or dinner are meals that you squeeze in. A set dinner time? Ha! …you talk about seeing a movie but always end with…

Gnat today!

Do you ever argue with yourself? I should get a trophy for the mental race my brain can run. There is a recipe that my brain follows, to a T. Usually I’m just going about my day and my mind isn’t focused on anything in particular…then it happens. Like a small gnat that buzzes around,…

Full Bloom

As a little girl I recall taking walks with my Mom. We would stroll down the street and she would point out all kinds of beautiful plants and flowers. We would walk down our street to a bush that attracted butterflies and I’d lean in close to see if I could find a cocoon gracefully…

{I}sight

While driving home down our country roads I noticed something in the road. Actually it was crossing the road, quite a ways up ahead. I thought it was a chicken, no joke. As I got closer I realized that the thing in the road was in fact a coyote. Talk about the wrong animal! How…

Hopeful Expectations

The waiting. Oh, the waiting! Dinner seemed to last forever. My cousins and I waited, not so patiently I might add, as our parent’s finished dinner on Christmas. This was a tradition that I remember well; or as I’d like to recall it, a punishment. We would scarf down our plates of food in a matter…

Imperfect Prayers

The moments that change your life are subtle. A phone call. A driver glancing at a cell phone. A routine check-up at the doctor’s office. In the blink of an eye what was a normal and mundane day can turn into chaos. What do you do when this happens? Who do you reach out to…

Redemptive Value

Northern India. Not a place that comes to mind often, if at all. My world view is small. Sure I watch the news and read the stories of the crisis that arise around the globe; but it’s not my immediate world. Today though, my view was widened just a bit. In fact, just yesterday I…

#winning

I did it. I’m a winner, today. When my alarm went off at 6:30 this morning, I only hit snooze once. Downed a healthy shake for breakfast. Dropped off my daughter at school on time! Headed over to walk a couple of miles with my mom, remembered to mail a package off to my sister…

What to Wear?

That new job. The first day of school. Meeting new people.  What is the first thing we usually think about? What am I going to wear?! How do I want to present myself? Do I want to be uber trendy, relaxed, maybe full on prom attire?! We I, stress about what to wear often. As a pastor’s wife…

Shameless Prayer

When I was in elementary school my very good friend attended the same church as my family. Just about every Sunday after church we began to plot. Whose house did we want to spend the afternoon at; hers or mine? Once we decided we’d go find one of our moms. To bug. Some days they…