A Fresh Start

  I can’t believe it’s almost time for a new year already! A new year always brings with it a desire to start fresh and begin some good habits. After a season of decadence with rich foods and desserts out the wazoo, most people are anxious to redo their dietary habits and start an exercise regimen in an effort to frantically shed those pounds before summer bathing suit season. Another thing that people tend to do is vow to read […]

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“It’s a Wonderful Life!”

We had a wonderful family Christmas this year. I am thankful for all of my family, those I don’t see (because of distance), those I see frequently, and those who are mine by choice! They are all such a blessing, each in their own way. I am extremely thankful for my loving church family too. My church is the kind of church where we all love to serve and do things together as a “family”. I just love that! Christmas […]

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Mary’s ponderings

“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 My pastor used this scripture in his sermon the other day, and I have been hearing it in other places, as well as reading it myself, since Christmas is drawing so near. I love this verse. It really jumps out to me every time I hear it. I like the word ponder. It’s just such a funny word! Besides the hilarity of the word ponder, it has a […]

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I’m sure that many of you have seen the case in the news lately of some Baltimore police officers accused of manslaughter, reckless endangerment, assault, and misconduct in office. Now normally I don’t touch these kinds of topics with a ten foot pole, but I feel obligated to speak up this time. As I watched the news story one of the things that was shown was a protest march that was going on in the city of Baltimore. There were […]

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Give Me a Break :)

This week has been tough. There are so many things to do! I’ve been trying to remember to follow my own advice to slow down and enjoy rather than being busy,busy,busy and stressed out. 🙂 One of the things that has been hard to keep up with is housework. I absolutely love a clean and orderly house, and it is really hard for me to focus on anything else if I feel like my house is not in order. I […]

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A Lovely Weekend

  Like all of you, I’m sure, the Christmas season can be hectic with kid’s activities, parties, plays, concerts, shopping, baking, wrapping and more. This past weekend for our family was crazy busy, but also wonderfully sweet! So I thought I’d share it with you! The weekend began with a date night. My husband texted me Friday morning to “ask me out”. I love it when he does that! Shortly after he arrived home, we went out to dinner at Applebees. […]

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Why is Self-Esteem so Important?

I always thought that the problem of low self-esteem or a poor opinion of oneself was only a problem one encountered in adolescence. As the saying goes, “Thought wrong!” Recently I was speaking with a few elderly women, and they confided in me that they still struggle with feeling lovable, accepted, and valuable. This was a revelation to me as I have long thought that by that stage in life nothing like that would be an issue. I have always […]

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Retro Christmas Craftiness

As far as craftiness goes, I’m no Martha Stewart. I’m really good at following directions though! I’ve seen some super cute ideas over the years. So I thought I’d share some of them here. I know that Pinterest is absolutely full of awesome ideas, but I have decided that it’s dangerous for me to open an account there as my housework would definitely suffer! I mean I might have to live in a dirty house with no groceries in the […]

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Christmas Recipes (Second Edition)

I realized after looking through my files some more that there were a few other delicious treats that I didn’t include the first time that definitely should have made the cut. What was I thinking? Here are a list of a few more specialties that I’ve made over the years. These recipes are not all my own personal ones, but I have tweaked them some to fit our family’s needs. Enjoy! *Disclaimer: All of this food will most likely clog […]

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Modesty: The Elephant in the Sanctuary

  Modesty is an issue that seems to be “the elephant in the room” so to speak in our nation’s churches. Are we afraid to turn people away and offend them, or is it just something that isn’t important to most folks? I’m not entirely sure why, but I do know that it is an important topic to me, and one that I have a passion to discuss and promote. One of the first things we see in God’s word […]

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