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Dedicated To All The Young Moms Out There

Now I Know Before I had three kids, one infant seat, a playpen, a gnawed crib and an incomplete magnetic alphabet stuck to the refrigerator, I lived simply in a two-bedroom apartment with my husband.  We had a double bed in one bedroom and an office set up in the other. We had a spare closet filled with wedding gifts that we had never used. Each week as I did my grocery shopping at the neighborhood store down the street, I couldn’t help but  ...

Faith, Family, Featured, Inspiration, Just Fun, Life

The Power of Laughter

Don’t you love to be around people who are fun?  Not people who use fun in the wrong way – to belittle another person, but the kind of fun that makes you laugh till your stomach hurts! I loved being around my Grandpa – because he was so much fun.  He loved telling jokes and pulling pranks. I remember one summer when I was about 10 years old and we were spending the week at our family cabin down at the lake. Behind our cabin was  ...

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A Fly In The Perfume

Hundreds of years ago lived a king named Solomon. One night God spoke to Solomon in a dream and asked him to make a wish.  God not only granted Solomon’s request for wisdom, but God also made him the richest king who ever lived.  Solomon later wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, which is a sort of blog about his journey for purpose and fulfillment. In fact, we still quote some of Solomon’s sayings.  There is nothing new under the sun, Everything  ...

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Lessons From An Oak Tree

I loved spending summers on my grandparents’ farm.  Grandpa was a dairy farmer, so his day began way before sunrise.  I recall hearing him head out the back door and down the path by the smoke house where he would milk the cows and later bring in fresh milk for breakfast.  After that eggs were to be gathered and bacon was brought in from the smokehouse. I can still hear sound of bacon sizzling and smell the homemade biscuits cooking on the  ...

Dream Chaser, Leadership

An Early Lesson in Goal Setting

My first experience with goal setting (that I can remember anyway) came from my piano teacher, Mrs. Hunt.  At the age of 6, I was pretty overwhelmed when she said I would have to perform “Water Sprites” in my first recital without using any music.  How would I ever be able to memorize the music?  “You don’t have to memorize it all in one day,” she explained to me.  Her plan was for me to memorize only a few measures each week. Early on I  ...

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Reflecting on Good Friday

Several years ago, I came across this reading by Max Lucado.  It has become a tradition for me now, to read it on the Eve of Good Friday to remind myself that although Jesus was fully God, He was also fully man. He felt pain, betrayal, grief, doubt and all of the other emotions that we humans experience.  I love how Max Lucado describes what Jesus might have been thinking as He left the Carpentry Shop at the age of 30 and began His journey  ...