I mentioned on Facebook that I have set a goal to start supporting more bloggers who have published books and I intend to share more of the many talented writers and friends through my blog and on all my social media outlets. I couldn’t think of a better way to use my time and invest my money. There are countless bloggers out there that have published their work, and they have launched that gift out into the world. I will be featuring many of them here on my blog, and I hope you too can invest and be inspired by their hard work and...

Dear teacher, Today I relinquish my precious children into your care.  Do you know how important you are to me?  To them?  From this day forward, you are a valuable force in what defines them.  You will encourage or discourage, inspire or disappoint, empower or dishearten, engage or mislead, expect or neglect, fulfill or deplete… These young innocent lives I have placed in your hands.  Your role is significant as it will either propel my kids forward, or pull them back.  Much of their life will revolve around you.  Your character...

47 Years Of Thankful… I am turning 47 years old today, August 25th. Wow. I can feel every single year lived through the molecules in my blood and the marrow in my bones. I have 47 years of living each and every day as me. Every age… every stage… of this lifetime. Every single step I took toward something or someone. Every single step I took away. It’s funny how every memory is sewn right into the very fabric of who we are. It’s fascinating that my mind can sometimes flash open hard drives of childhood and adolescence...

Friends, today I am sharing with you two beautiful people with an honorable mission in parenting.  Lori and Becky are the creators of 1 Corinthians 13, a site which I have had the joy and the privilege to contribute to regularly.   They offer such great information and encouragement with a variety of articles from many different authors. Their Christian values, based on the scripture surely will resonate with all parents in loving their children with compassion and patience!  If you haven’t checked them out yet, be sure to take...

Leave A Trail Behind You… I want to always leave a trail behind me, full of grace and giving. This is my life goal. If I can do that, then surely I will have lived a life of intention for good. I am a work in progress… always stretching and striving to live beyond what I believe I can do. Trying with all my might to prevail in this never-ending challenge. It’s hard, people. Have you ever thought about the trail you leave behind? Think about it. I do all the time. Reflect on your days, and trace back your path… I’ve been left...

  How can it be that summer is over?  As quick as it came crashing in, it has yanked itself away with school starting and cool mornings meant for jackets and backpacks. I feel cheated. This summer season was all but a blur of goings on that seemed to roll together and never stand still.  I set out for moments to embrace in the heat of the sun and soak in the fresh chill of the water, and I vaguely recollect a few brisk fleeting swims on steamy days. Did I fail this motherhood job? My kids wanted more of me this summer, and I honestly...

  A beautiful older teen girl recently referred to Middle School as “the Devil’s playground”. And although her statement was meant for insight and truth, those very words instantly grew long claws with jagged edges and sharp spears that scraped the very flesh of my heart, leaving it raw and bloody. It got me. The Devil’s Playground. And she went on to say that middle school is where you learn about EVERYTHING. Others nodded in agreement with that collective moan. Oh God. I just dropped my child off at the devil’s playground…...

 I have had the privilege and honor of receiving some amazing books to review, and this one is no exception. As a matter of fact, I think this one is my absolute favorite, probably because it speaks so much to my heart. Kate Conner’s “Enough” gripped my attention from the very beginning and I was in awe of her insight and her seasoned wisdom about teenage girls. If you or anyone you know has a daughter entering into this season of life (pre-teens as well), then you need to stop what you’re doing and go now to buy this book. You...

Beauty blooms in hard places… Life’s messes Create barricades that can suffocate the hope Right out of us. If we let it. Stuck. We can’t seem to find any color in the depths of grey. But. If we search long enough And open our eyes to see… It’s there waiting in all its glory. Re-trace back through your path Of your life’s journey Through the hard places… Dig deep through the rocks. Do you see it? In all its splendor? Beauty blooms in new found: Strength Wisdom Grace Faith Healing Love Growth Transformation Reflect and reclaim...

Twisted, Tangled, Tied and Trapped This season of summer is supposed to be filled with joy and the ever-elusive sunshine that radiates gladness and glory of all that the free flowing air can find. And yet, this season I have been winding myself around a slowly dissolving well of constant doing and giving and serving… which has left my tank drained of nourishing water from which to drink in and get my fill. It happens. Although I thrive on giving and serving and doing, the very act has somehow led me to this place of dried up twisted,...

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