Distraction or Connection

I open my journal, prepare the Bible app to read a chapter of Scripture, and call out a short prayer: God, I want to hear from You. A whistling interrupts my prayer. I jump up to silence the noise before it wakes the whole house. Tea now brewing … where was I? Oh, right, God,…

Low-Maintenance

A dying branch threatens our neighbor’s power line. Tree roots compete with the grass for nutrients; the grass is losing the battle. Bushes stretch beyond intended borders, refusing to be contained in beds of mulch no matter how much they’re trimmed. A cherry blossom tree sprouts gorgeous blooms … for two weeks of the year…

My Valentine

He doesn’t tell me I look tired even when I stumble out of bed, bleary-eyed every morning. He responds to emails and reads the news while he waits for his turn in the bathroom. “Love is patient and kind.” When my best friend drives in for the weekend, he encourages our movie-watching. He provides the…

Fallen Beauty

Green leaves change to red, orange, and gold. A lush tree of summer becomes a multi-faceted flame of fall. The beauty attracts admirers. Scenic drives through the mountains engulf us in the breathtaking beauty of fall. In time the leaves fall to the ground. When the fallen leaves blanket our yard, what do we see?…

Different is Good

Heat rose in shimmering waves off the pavement. Tendrils of perspiration dripped down foreheads and backs. Hunter stepped up to the line. He filled his lungs with air and pitched forward, spitting the watermelon seed with all his might. With great expectation, Hunter searched for his seed’s final destination. Unfortunately, the watermelon seed only flew…

Is Now a Good Time?

My oldest son is applying for his first job. As he filled in the applications, he peppered me with questions. “What hours should I say I’m available? I don’t want to work on Sundays because of church, but I also don’t want to work on Fridays so I don’t miss out on all the fun…

Offer an Oreo

Today is National Eat an Oreo Day. I admit I had no idea. We are big fans of Oreos in this family. When we’re feeling a bit adventurous, we try seasonal Oreos. We are always disappointed, though. The original Oreo trumps all other Oreos (except Double Stuff Oreos … maybe). Oreos provide a great memory…

Share the Love

What’s the word on the lips of so many on this Valentine’s Day? LOVE What does it mean to really love someone? Is it merely the fluttery feelings in our stomachs when the man of our dreams comes near? Is it the swell of warmth in our chests as we look down on our sleeping children?…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I needed to buy a gift for a “Galentine’s Day Lunch”–credit to Leslie Knope for the name. I headed to Bath & Body Works since almost everyone I know loves candles. Right there on the front display was one of their new scents: Love. Intriguing. What does love smell like? According to Bath and Body…