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My Affair with Journaling

It all began at the age of 12.  As I opened my presents on Christmas Eve, one gift was going to change my life.  It was a small dark green diary with its very own tiny gold key.  I could hardly wait until January 1 arrived so I could begin writing in it.  New to the art of journaling, I recorded everything from my favorite 45rpm records to insecurities about friendships and boys to the meals I ate which often included french fries,  ...

Blog, Books, Faith, Inspiration

It’s Time!

It all started in January of last year. There were some things God put on my heart and I couldn’t seem to shake them.  I’m not sure if it was because my life was so full already and I didn’t need to add ‘one more thing.’ Or maybe I just thought the promptings would go away.  Or maybe it wasn’t ‘really’ the prompting of God’s Spirit speaking to my heart.  Maybe I wasn’t even sure where to begin.  Whatever it was, here I am  ...

Family, Featured, Inspiration, Life, Parenting 101

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  ...

Blog, Faith, Featured, Inspiration, Leadership, Life

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  ...

Blog, Family, Featured, Inspiration, Life

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  ...

Blog, Inspiration, Ministry, The Sending Project

Impacting Communities in Kansas City

It’s been a little over a month since I joined the staff at The Sending Project. I have had lots of people ask me what my new role is and what The Sending Project (TSP) is all about! One of the things I get to do as Operations Director is to help organize events around the KC area which help to build missional awareness and community among churches. One of these events is called a Network Gathering. At our most recent event, churches from  ...