Peace in the Storm

On our last trip to Oklahoma, we got to experience our first tornado warning since buying the farmhouse. Down to the storm shelter, we went to wait out the pounding wind and rain. Our tiny 8×8 underground room designed to keep us safe has only one drawback. It is about fifty yards from our front…

Village Life

It’s been several weeks now since we brought Baby J home from the hospital. Life has taken on a rhythm of sorts. We have grown accustomed to disrupted sleep. We have new routines and priorities. It’s incredible how such a small person can impact a household in such a big way. But we were not…

Knit One, Purl Two

I have knitted several cocoons for some babies who will make their way into the world this spring. It has been such a pleasure weaving yarn together to create something beautiful. I love the process of knitting. It satisfies my artistic soul. Often as I work along, I stop to check the progress of my…

Be Astounded

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. Thomas A. Edison I came across this quote one day painted on the wall of an elementary school that bears the name of its author. It’s a very good question. If we just did the things, we were capable of…

You Want Me To Do What?

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 Oh, man, do I have to? Loving those who persecute us is rarely our first response when we are under fire. And if we do pray for our enemies, well let’s just say, it’s not going to be pretty…

Super Bloom

The desert is blooming. Here in California, even the most arid of places are awash with color. Purple carpets of tiny flowers cover the desert floor, while yellow blossoms lift their faces to the sun. Bright pinks, vivid whites, and brilliant orange join the mix to make it one spectacular view.  It will be a…

Oven Prayers

I’m kind of hooked on The Great British Baking Show. I have been binge watching on Netflix it in my spare time and so far, I have learned that I know nothing when it comes to baking. Who knew there were so many different kinds of cream puffs, breads, and biscuits and so many different…

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….

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…

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…