Be Mine

Valentine’s Day. I remember the days of anticipation of what I would find tucked inside my heart-shaped pouch made of construction paper and glitter. Notes of acceptance and encouragement like “You’re the bomb!”, “I’m TOADally yours”, or “You’re purr-fect” came complete with pictures of explosive devices, amphibians, or furry felines to match their sentiment. Lol….

Flour Tortillas

My best friend in elementary school was a girl named Flora. She was Mexican and hanging out at her house was quite a departure from my own culture. Her family spoke a different language and had a different cooking style. Her mom made the best tortillas by hand. It was fun to watch her expertly…

Tidy Up

It’s all the rage so I had to join in. I have been watching Marie Kondo and her “KonMari” method on Tidy Up, Netflix. If you are not familiar, she takes untidy people and helps them not only clean up their spaces but find joy and gratitude in their lives as well. Her exuberance about…

Corn and Cauliflower Chowder

Potato soup is a recipe I remember my mom making often. I’m sure it was one of those things that was cheap and could expand to feed a lot of people. We always ate it with saltines crunched up in it, but now my family takes it to a new level with the addition of…

Lift Up Your Hands

I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.  Psalm 119:48 ESV Hands raised in worship. I have been part of this very common occurrence at our church at the weekend services. When a song strikes a chord in my soul, the action of lifting my hands…

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

When the weather outside is frightful like it is at our house today , soup is a good way to get warm from the inside. As of late, it has arrived on our table a couple of times. One of our favorites is this Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. I tweaked a bit and added a…

Not So Silent Night

Now that Christmas Eve is here, I have been thinking about the first event that would mark the day Jesus was born. I have often wondered about the true environment of the Bethlehem that night. It must have been like one big family reunion with all the hometown boys returning to register their families with the government….

Peace and Great Joy

I am sometimes the worst . . . when it comes to completing projects. Oh, I start out well but find myself petering out towards the end. Not so with a Christmas tree quilt made I this year. It all started about eighteen months ago when my husband and I traveled up to Hamilton, Missouri…

Thumbprint Cookies

I love when I am cooking up something yummy for my friends and family. There is a certain satisfaction in it all. In years past, I have baked dozens of cookies to share with my husband’s co-workers. They were not just any cookie. They were one of the best cookies I’ve ever tasted and have become my go-to when a gift of food is called for. I have had people casually mention that Christmas was coming as a reminder they hoped so were the cookies.

A Lump of Coal

Our family is currently living through some very disappointing circumstances. A family member has left us to find what was missing in his life, leaving us missing him. The funny thing is, in the midst of our grief, God has given us beauty. We have experienced His love in some very tangible ways. His strength has given us peace, and a knowing that He does not intend to destroy us. His goal is good, bringing spiritual growth through a stronger and more focused relationship with Him.