• It’s Unofficially Summertime!

    It is unofficially summertime now that Memorial Day has passed us by.  Take a moment and think back to when you were a kid. I grew up a Military Brat, so my summers were spent wherever my dad happened to be stationed that year. Some of my favorite spots where I had a lot of friends was Ft. Wadsworth on Staten Island, NY with a view of NYC; Heidelberg, Germany where I was next-door neighbors with Elizabeth Vargas (who went by Liz back then); and Ft. Campbell, KY. I had some great times back then! I remember playing kick the can, red light-green light, red rover, freeze tag, mother may…

  • Springtime and New Beginnings

    When I was little, my mom had a gorgeous vintage charm bracelet that she’d had since she was a little girl.  My three favorite charms were Noah’s Ark, Jonah in the whale (and I loved this one because the whales’ mouth opened, and you could see Jonah sitting inside the whale!) and my third favorite charm was a door. My mom told me the door was the door to Heaven, and the only way to open it was to pray and admit you were sinful, and then ask Jesus to come into your life.  A few months later, I said this prayer, kneeling by our couch with my mom.  I was…

  • SPRING!

    Spring is a time when the world seems to come alive again.  The grass turns green, and the leaves begin to grow on the trees again.  We watch flowers bloom from gardens all around our neighborhoods and life feels merry and bright once again.  Most of the world is coming out of the cold of winter and just yearning for the warmer weather and the chance to spend some time outside again.  The earth is sleeping through the winter and ready to wake up and welcome us again. This year feels different.  Last year around Easter, we were in the throes of the new virus and everyone was absolutely terrified…

  • February is the Month of Love

    Robert Frost once wrote, “love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.” I have been reading through letters my parents wrote to each other, every day, while my dad was in Vietnam from 1967-1968. My dad was a Chaplain and was older when he joined the Army. When he was sent to Vietnam, he was 40, and my mom was 35 with 5 kids aged 4-15 (I was the 4-year-old).  In a letter to my dad, my mom wrote: I love you so much more than I dreamed was possible to love anyone.  I am willing to do anything for you.  I long to see you or just sit…

  • Thankfulness

    November is an interesting month. We are looking forward to Thanksgiving and time with family and friends, and many of us are already in Christmas mode ~ like ME! In November we begin pondering over things we are thankful for, and boy, this year has been a hard one for thankfulness! Not everyone is naturally born a grateful person. Gratefulness is absolutely a choice that we have to make each and every day ~ no matter what our circumstances may be. Most of you know that my life has not been easy, but I am so thankful for parents who raised me with Christian values, brothers and sisters who are…

  • Sharing His Glory in Difficult Times

    Life is stressful. None of us could have foreseen this year and all of the craziness that came with it. Thankfully, as Christians, we are able to take comfort in our ability to trust God and trust that what is happening is for His glory and purpose. Even as we watch the evening news, hear of people who are sick or have lost their job, and we feel our hearts deeply aching, we can go to Him with complete confidence in His goodness and wisdom. We can find our comfort under His wings.              This pandemic has brought good things, too. Families have spent more time together because moms and…

  • Christian Halloween

    I have such affection for this time of year.  All the way from September until Christmas.  I genuinely miss my parents during these months.  They were special times for my family, and my mom and dad always made them seem so memorable. My mother, especially, made everything seem extraordinary in my mind. Starting in September, we would always go find an apple orchard to visit and select some apples we would like to have. It always included a purchase of a candied or caramel apple as well, which were my favorite!   October was interesting because my father was a Pastor, so folks were always wondering how we were going to…

  • Our Rock and Helper

    There was a time when I was getting ready to go into high school when I realized that my dad worked REALLY hard. At work, but also at home with his kids and showing ultimate devotion to my mom. When I started high school, I wanted to be able to purchase my own clothes. I was used to my mom sewing things for me, or going to thrift stores and buying me clothes to wear; some of which were quite embarrassing in middle school. Izod shirts with the alligator emblem were very trendy at the time, and for my younger siblings, she would often sew shirts and then buy and…

  • Finding our Purpose

    Have you ever woken up and just felt like “What in the world is my purpose”?  I have felt that SO OFTEN in my life.  If you have read my book, you know I have been through a lot, and have wondered often what God wanted my life to mean.  I just released my first book and am now 57 years old ~ so God wanted to wait and show me His plans later in my life.  We never know what He is going to do.  We should not second guess things that He allows to happen to us because we are always going to learn lessons from bad and…

  • Emptiness

    It seems like every single day we search for things in an attempt to fill some hole in our lives. The funny thing is ~ the substitutes we find like shopping, alcohol, eating, can only satisfy so much. We are still left feeling empty inside. The reason for this is that only GOD can REALLY fill those empty spaces! God has the ability to fill us with PEACE, JOY, CONTENTMENT!! 💞💞 Isn’t that what we are all really looking for during these crazy days? If you don’t know how to find that peace and contentment, drop me a line! I would LOVE to talk with you! 🥰