Available

One morning I woke up and I knew that the Lord was asking me to do something. When this happens, I am on a mission… obsessed with completing whatever the “thing” is the Lord wants me to do. This “thing” was getting the Covid vaccine. I will admit to you that I was on the […]

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The Greatest present

My first baby turned 18 this past Monday. All she wanted was to go to IKEA to get a desk (and a few other “must haves”).   She asked me a few weeks ago if I would take her. I said “Hmm…. let me think about it…”, but I already knew the answer 🙂 That […]

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Presents

the greatest gift is your presence Last week was my husband’s birthday. I admit that I am not a good “gift giver”. It’s not that I don’t enjoy giving gifts, or purchasing things for others- it’s the pressure of looking for that perfect thing- the one that will make someone feel like the king (or […]

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If only I’d known

As we sat down to dinner at the dining room table, I couldn’t wait to eat. Any meal I don’t have to cook is a good one, and I had picked up Chinese take out for all of us. I got one of my favorite meals- chicken with cashew nuts. Honestly, the only thing I […]

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My house

It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years since my husband and I packed up and moved to Charlottesville with our 1 year old daughter. I never imagined we would move away from our hometown, but literally everything fell into place and it just felt like that was where God wanted us to be. I […]

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this much

How much does God love you? One of my fondest childhood memories is of my dad asking me and my sister if we knew how much he loved us. This much? – he would say as he open his arms a little bit. Thiiis much?  He would open his arms a little bit wider. Thiiiiiiiiiis  much!  And […]

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rainy days and Mondays always get me up!

I’m a little weird, I guess. Because I absolutely LOVE rainy days… and Mondays, too! Mondays are my favorites because I am usually at home alone- which means I can get so much done!  The rest of the week is go-go for all of us.  Between work, school, church, teaching music lessons, running the girls […]

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expectations

in my head  I plan ahead  and hope that  all works out  until the dread  when those best laid plans just don’t  pan out  It’s no secret that I get excited easily- and it doesn’t take much!   But I am finding that being excited takes a great deal of energy.  And if whatever I’m excited […]

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Home

the place where I can wear  my hair  up in a messy bun  the place where doggies blissfully   “happy dance” under the sun  the place where I can look around  and see love in a frame family pictures scattered ’round showing just how far we came  I sort of feel like Dorthy in Oz- “there’s […]

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Livin’ the dream

That expression makes me crack up.   Because when I usually hear it- it is said sarcastically… you know- like when you are cleaning up after your baby’s diaper “blow-out”…. or when your kiddos forget their school projects at home and you’ve gotta change around your morning to come to their rescue.   But I […]

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