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Seasons and beginnings….

This morning I stood at the kitchen window, bright and early (thanks to the dog---but that is another story, lol)...and looked out at my garden. Last year, I stood in the same place, and mourned the empty stretch, because I was physically unable to even do the simplest of chores a garden needs.   Its [...]

By | July 9th, 2019|Challenge Me|Comments Off on Seasons and beginnings….

It’s Time to Get Serious About Stocking Up

As I have taken a couple years off of blogging, and yet stayed in our community, I have become to understand deeper each year the tenuous state of our dependence on the success of the farms surrounding my house. I have also come to understand just how far removed we are as a culture, from [...]

By | July 1st, 2019|Challenge Me|Comments Off on It’s Time to Get Serious About Stocking Up

So. Much. Rain.

Its 7 am, and as dark as midnight outside again. An ear-splitting crack of thunder woke me up almost an hour ago, and here I  am, sipping coffee, looking out the window as it pours bucket after bucket of rain on everything around me....again. It is a very, very hard thing to see right now. [...]

By | June 27th, 2019|Challenge Me|Comments Off on So. Much. Rain.

When it comes time to let go so they can fly….

I gotta tell you guys, this year has been the hardest year I could ever have wrapped my mind around. It has NOTHING to do with physical challenges, and everything to do with issues of the heart. In just under one month my oldest daughter will graduate from highschool. This is the child I never [...]

By | May 2nd, 2019|Challenge Me|Comments Off on When it comes time to let go so they can fly….

When Its Time To Start Again…

*************** "Storms make trees create deeper roots.." Dolly Parton *************** I have missed you, Welcoming House Readers. And I have missed blogging. I have struggled with how to share with you so many things over the last 8 months as I have walked through some dark times in my life. How to keep up with [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|Challenge Me|2 Comments

Dear “Jesse”–an open letter to the guy who I wish I knew in REAL life…

       Dear Jesse, Its been 1187 days since the beginning of our rather strange relationship, and I felt that I should finally openly introduce myself. You see, believe it or not, I know quite a bit about you, and have talked with many of your friends, family, coworkers, students, and probably even your vet by [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Challenge Me, Faith|1 Comment

If all I ever had was Today….

What a beautiful Day today is. (But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,…Hebrews 3:13-14) A [...]

By | November 24th, 2016|Challenge Me|Comments Off on If all I ever had was Today….

There and Back Again…our Tale…without Hobbits…

The Littles are bigger. Much Bigger. Soon heading into their first day of FIRST grade, I am shaking my head as I watch them read simple words to each other, giggle at jokes they wouldn't have gotten a year or so ago, marveled at how their feet will soon be larger than mine, and so [...]

By | September 5th, 2016|Challenge Me|Comments Off on There and Back Again…our Tale…without Hobbits…

2 weeks and 1 Year….what they have in common

I had to take a break from writing this last couple weeks as we walked through some new challenges here on this side of the screen. Long story short, my oldest daughter has turned out to have a heart condition, and my mother requires surgery next Wednesday. Two weeks ago we were waiting in a [...]

By | February 10th, 2016|Challenge Me, Encourage Me, Strengthen Me|1 Comment

Change is…..HARD

I don't know about you, but change stinks. I can't even tell you how much I really REALLLLLY despise it. Perhaps it is because I have spent a good portion of my young adult and adult years in a fluid state, never knowing when the next change was going to come, that I feel that [...]

By | January 11th, 2016|Challenge Me, Faith|2 Comments