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What the Future Holds

I reached a milestone this week – four years cancer free!  I’m filled with incredible gratitude for the blessing of health, but I don’t want to forget that time four years ago when I found out I had breast cancer. I have always kept my yearly physical appointments on...

Make A Joyful Noise

I love to sing (I think I’ve told you that before).  I was raised singing in the church choir since I was a wee cherub at the age of three.  I was the chubby cheeked brunette on the front row who wanted to make every performance a Broadway production instead of a...

These Shoes Were Made for Walking

  I’ve inherited a lot of good traits from my parents.  However, one that tries my patience  I inherited from my father – flat feet.  Now I love shoes – good looking shoes – but putting my flat foot into a stylish heel is like me trying to cram a whale into a...

The Persecuted Church

I’m like a child when it rains … I don’t know what to do with myself.  I was channel surfing during recently when I ran across a movie I hadn’t seen – “Paul: Apostle of Christ.”  (For total disclosure, I actually picked this movie because Jim Caviezel held a...

If We Build It

The voice was calling to him from the cornfields of Iowa … “if you build it, he will come.”  That line worked well for Kevin Costner on the big screen in Field of Dreams.  However, there aren’t any cornfields in Pittsburg.  Let me explain. We’ve had three major...

Celebrating Freedom

This week America celebrates the 4th of July holiday.  Most will be off work enjoying this day.  Our family will be sleeping late, then preparing to grill hot dogs, eat ice cream, and watch fireworks … and if I can wave a flag while a parade marches by, all the...

Facing Adversity

The world lost a great man last week in his battle with cancer.  I never met Charles Krauthammer, but through his literary work and commentary over the last few decades I felt like I came to know the kind of man he was.  What intrigued me the most was that he achieved...

Tiny Packages

In the time it takes for you to read this post, there is a woman anxiously awaiting confirmation of what she’s suspected for months.  She announces the news to her spouse, whose eyes open wide with amazement, followed closely with laughter and tears, followed by...

Alone, But Not Lonely

Living in the country, in a serene, less hectic environment, gives me plenty of “alone” time.  I enjoy the quiet solitude, yet I never find myself lonely.  However, this was not always the case. Many years ago I programmed every minute of my day with doing something...

The Men In My Life

I was out of state this year celebrating Father’s Day with three of my favorite men – husband and two sons (with families).  I saw how each man played a role in my life in helping to shape who I am as a woman, wife, mother.  While traveling back home, I realized I...

Too Much of a Good Thing

Summer is upon us with lots of grandkids, lots of animals, lots of heat, and, as always, my inclination to always go overboard.  Whoever said grandkids are the best because you can love ‘em, spoil ‘em, then send them home was right … but the rest of the story is my...

A Silent Killer

Tragedy struck our small town recently when a life-long daughter of our community committed suicide.    No sooner had the funeral in our home town taken place when news of the loss of famous designer Kate Spade and CNN commentator Andrew Bourdain made its way around...