Life Isn’t Fair

“Do not expect to be treated fairly in this life.” This is how one of my devotions began today. When I hear the phrase “That’s not fair,” I immediately picture an elementary school playground and a teacher who drew the short stick with playground duty. My mom was an elementary school teacher. I can remember… Continue reading Life Isn’t Fair


The Snake in the Story

I have a sock puppet that I have had for decades from a camp we led years ago. It is called “The Gospel Puppet.” Each finger is a figure from the creation story…Adam, Eve, the tree, the apple, and the snake. When our granddaughter Jude was 2 she found it in a closet with other books… Continue reading The Snake in the Story


Who Are You

My husband, Bill, made a statement in his sermon Sunday that I have thought about this week. “ 99% of how we live is based on how we see ourselves!”  How do you see yourself?  That is very thought-provoking to me.  Today was back to school around here. A new year, a new start, full… Continue reading Who Are You


Ignorance Can Be Bliss

I went to our grandkids VBS family picnic in the park this week.  The first thing our Jude (4) and Sam (3) spotted was the face painting.  They stood in line patiently thinking about what they wanted the lady to paint on them.  It was an easy decision for Jude, she wanted a pink and… Continue reading Ignorance Can Be Bliss


Rewrite My Story

Many of Grimm’s fairy tales start the same way:   “Once upon a time…” These stories also seem to have the following components;  children, a scary witch, a dark forest, a path, and a hero.  As the reader, I, first of all, think, why did someone write this terrifying story and call it a children’s story?… Continue reading Rewrite My Story


The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be… Continue reading The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assis


Keep Me Safe

We had the joy of keeping our grandkids in Dallas the last four days.  We stayed in a hotel and had a blast.  I will never forget these special nights.  Jude and I would tell stories and laugh until she finally closed her eyes for the last time until morning.  She stayed curled up next… Continue reading Keep Me Safe


A Box in the Basement

  I’ve been packing this week, as our new house should be ready to move into on Friday.  This is our fifth house to build, and I guess you’d have to say we enjoy the process.  I don’t enjoy the packing, though … but, honestly, I don’t know anyone who does. It is hard work and… Continue reading A Box in the Basement

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Fun With Fireplaces

This will be a departure from my usual blogs, as I walk you through the steps we took in applying the German Schmear (you might also see on Instagram #germansmear) technique to our fireplace.  My husband and I are almost finished building our new house. We finished this project the day before the wood floor… Continue reading Fun With Fireplaces