5 Favorite Christmas Gift Ideas for Family and Friends

Christmas gifts
Truth be told, my husband wants a new ham radio. My daughters want an entire library at their disposal. My son doesn't even care so much about what's in the package. He just thrives on the thrill of unwrapping the mystery. Gift-giving isn't difficult if you focus on the person you're trying to bless. First, think about their likes, their loves, their passions. Then give them something that will create an experience or enhance their favorite pastime. Continue Reading

When The Lights Go Down Is Your Heart All Aglow?

Christmas Lights All Aglow - but what about our hearts?
Trees topple. Bulbs break. Beauty shatters into a million shards of sharp and painful splinters. And it's ok. Yes! Really. I know it sounds ridiculous. I know when we're in the midst of a terrible, awful, no good, very bad day, week, month or year it is so hard to stick it out. But take heart! You were never supposed to handle it alone. Continue Reading

We Deck the Halls With Soggy Sheet Music

Deck the halls with sheet music!
Everyone in the blogosphere and on social media is all "Look at my gorgeous and stunning Christmas decor!" and I'm standing over here in my living room like, "Hey, you can use leftover ornament hooks to air dry sopping wet sheet music!" What?! Yeah. It's been one of those days. Continue Reading

Living in the shadow

These clouds brought to mind the words "shadow of the Almighty" and then, "only the Shadow knows" and then, "Living in the shadows." So I opened up Psalm 91 and read this: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his ... Continue Reading

Welcome To Augusta, Ohio – Everybody Loves A Parade

Augusta Strawberry Festival
This is a tale of strawberries, people, and parades — elements that combine to create a tapestry of memory, history and marked joy spanning my entire life. The annual parade and a bit of family history have set the stage for a promising future, ensuring yet another generation will appreciate the joys and traditions of a small town in rural Ohio. I hope you'll read on, and scan through a bit o' history with me! Continue Reading

Some Bright Morning When This Life Is Over

Some glad morning I'll fly away.
Some bright morning when this life is over, I'll fly away. Except this life is not over and there's so much to see and hear and do and experience. It's up to us to jump into each moment with arms spread wide, heart open and eyes ready to take in the beauty in the ugliest situations. For there is beauty everywhere. God created the heavens and the earth and those who inhabit it. Therefore, beauty reigns. Find it. Embrace it. Revel in the smallest, insignificant glimpses of heaven, on earth. Then realize that the most magical moments we have ever experienced are nothing ... NOTHING ... compared to what is to come. Continue Reading