Category: celebrating

The Gift of Gathering Friends

The Gift of Gathering Friends

I’m convinced God designed me to gather people. To serve them, encourage them and watch magic happen when strangers become friends. I…

Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love

In November 1985, as our loved ones gathered around, Tom and I walked the aisle, prayed, linked arms and promised to stick…

I Married a Stranger

I Married a Stranger

I feel a little jealous when someone says, “I married my best friend!” or “We were high school sweethearts.” I married a…

Tips For a Perfectly Imperfect Christmas

Tips For a Perfectly Imperfect Christmas

I would speed through it all and finally sit down to enjoy our decorated fresh fir… after the holidays. I was overwhelmed with sadness when I realized I’d missed some priceless moments that were gone forever.

Somewhat Simple Soup Supper

Somewhat Simple Soup Supper

I don’t want to carry gratitude around in seasons.

I want to carry it in my bones,

I want to rest it in on my tongue

like it is a language

that I never stop speaking.

~Arielle Estoria

The Art of Life

The Art of Life

“At the basis of Jesus Christ’s kingdom is the unaffected loveliness of the commonplace.”

Old

Old

I’m all for the first amendment; free speech and all. But what is to be done to a word that is both ambiguous and possibly hurtful? I’m thinking of the word old.

Reaping Where I Didn’t Sow

Reaping Where I Didn’t Sow

I stepped outside into a beautiful April morning and did a little trimming in our mini-yard. Compared to the acre we lived on earlier, this one is on the tiny side. I happened along into a small spot in between our house and Debbie’s. There, hidden away, is the most beautiful profuse light blush colored rose bush. I was reminded again that I’m reaping things I didn’t sow.

Hope in Room 562

Hope in Room 562

Dolly—my friend of over forty years. It’s funny that when you’re young and nonchalantly making friends, you don’t think ahead to how a friendship might play out. How you’ll find yourself years later, thinking like that person or even talking like her. I realize today that I’m pretty much a compilation of all my relationships plus the Grace of God.