Timber!

Though our house is in the city, we have a ton of trees on our lot. It was a sad day Thursday when we had to cut one down that has probably been here for 65 to 75 years. It was in danger of falling during a storm, though, with the projected angle of descent…

Someone Is Praying for You

The Black Plague has invaded our house. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but just a little. To say we felt bad seems like a huge understatement: the fevers that wouldn’t go away; the dizziness that almost made me wreck the car on the way home from delivering letters to Santa at the mall; the fatigue that kept…

LOL

In church yesterday, we watched the powerful testimony of Teranda Greene. We listened spellbound as she recounted learning of her husband’s liver failure after only six months of marriage. God sustained him for eight years until he needed dialysis. The dialysis was only a temporary fix until he finally needed a kidney transplant. Teranda was…

Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

While working on the photo albums we will be sending as gifts this Christmas, I came across this picture: This picture was taken on Halloween 2007. It was the first year the boys had ever been trick-or-treating. (We had always taken them to fall festivals at neighborhood churches.) As the picture shows, Kaden was dressed…

Trip To-do List

Have you ever woken up late but been so tired that you struggle to be motivated enough to get out of the house on time? Me, neither. Okay…maybe this morning. And I didn’t even have a good reason for staying up late last night. I have a type A personality. I love to create goals,…

Faithful

“I’m finished! I’m finished! Praise the Lord!” This is what I wanted to run through the house yelling, while doing cartwheels and dancing like a crazy person…but it was 1:00 in the morning. I had to settle for a sigh of relief and a pat on my own back (pathetic, I know). I have had…

Am I Hearing Things?

This morning–around 2 a.m.–I thought I had finally lost my mind. (I have a sneaking suspicion that a certain family member, who has up to this point escaped a diagnosis, may pass along mental instability to me.) A noise had awoken me but in my sleep stupor I couldn’t figure out what it was. I…

A Dream Realized

Today we celebrated my niece’s spiritual birthday. I feel so privileged that I can know that I will spend eternity in heaven with my loved ones. Words cannot express how grateful I am for my children’s salvation. Hunter told me he was ready for Jesus to be the “Boss” of him when he was almost…

Hurricane Wilma

Hurricanes are the price a resident of South Florida must pay for year-long warm weather. During the time we lived in Palm Beach Gardens, we experienced four hurricanes. People tend to handle hurricanes one of two ways: evacuate immediately or throw a hurricane party. Aside from the obvious safety concerns, people who stayed in town…

Pet Peeves

My husband tells me I have a lot of pet peeves. I cannot stand the sound of a person tearing something out of carpet, clicking silverware on their teeth, or picking at their fingernails. The smell of my husband baking coconut shrimp makes me want to gag. My neighbor who lets his truck idle for…