March 12, 2018

You Are Called to Be Creative

After I was diagnosed with Wegener's, I went through a period where the most I could do during the day was stumble to the couch for a change of scenery. I read light fiction or watched movies, and that was about it. Nothing creative, nothing requiring any sort of energy output. Thankfully, that period didn't last, and I slowly started to look for low-intensity activities to occupy my time. I never considered myself creative in any sense of the word -- so when someone suggested I try scrapbooking, I laughed at them. But the idea took root . . . and while I never did much actual scrapbooking (I only finished about ten pages in my wedding book that I started about ten years ago!), I [...Read More]

12 Great Books Any Valentine Will Love

Does anyone else struggle to know what to give on Valentine's Day? I'm not really a "romantic" sort of person -- I'd rather give (or receive) something nice but useful, like beautiful Scripture art or something for a favorite hobby, than chocolate or a stuffed bear. (Though I admit flowers are always nice, as long as you're not allergic!) I'd rather share a gift that will truly benefit the person than just another dust-collector, something that will bring them pleasure and offer help in some way. Books are always a great gift idea, no matter what the occasion or recipient. They're useful and practical, with a dash of optimism -- offering hope or help, comfort or camaraderie, adventure or [...Read More]

Getting Personal with ‘Life Lately’

"Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal." So says the charming Kathleen Kelly in the well-known film, You've Got Mail. Think what you will about rom-com's (I'm not usually a fan): this particular one is clean and funny, and my husband and I enjoy its reminders of how we started getting to know each other. Unlike Kathleen and Joe, however, we already knew each other when we started IM-ing -- but it's still fun to watch and reminisce over past life events. Anyway, about getting personal . . . How about meeting for a virtual cup of coffee and comparing notes on life lately? I want to start sharing more about life behind the screen -- what I've been doing, [...Read More]

How to Reach Your Goals This Year

Have you decided what you want to accomplish this year? It doesn't have to be anything huge like earning a degree, buying a house, or reaching your goal weight . . . it could be improving a relationship, learning a new skill, sticking with a certain habit, or developing a particular character trait. In fact, sometimes those "lifestyle" goals are more beneficial in the long run. The challenging part is that our progress in these areas is often small and slow. It takes months, if not years, of daily choosing to move in the right direction. It requires the arduous work of building the right habits, staying disciplined, and keeping our eyes on the goal. Make one poor decision, and there's [...Read More]

2017 Recap: A Year for the Books?

This past year was a year for the books, I think. From surviving our first Wyoming winter (which was not as bad we'd expected, although it was longer than we anticipated), to learning new skills and growing in ministry roles, discovering latent talents, exploring the west, and beginning our deputation adventures, 2017 has been full in every sense of the word! I discovered how fun it is to snow-shoe and hike in the Rockies, how enjoyable it can be to teach God's Word to children, and how much I absolutely LOVE doing art. I took another seminary class on my (long, drawn-out) quest to earn an M.A., tried watercolors for the first time (and loved it), practiced lettering on an almost-daily [...Read More]

#Read2017 – Literary Adventures in November and December

Can you believe 2017 is almost over? I guess every year goes a little faster, the older and busier you get. And we have been busy! I usually try to avoid that over-used buzzword, but in this case, there's no other word for it. The past two months alone have included: ministering in Wyoming; driving cross-country; spending a month in Massachusetts, a week in Pennsylvania, and a week in North Carolina; visiting extended family, historic sites, and visiting multiple churches throughout the country; finalizing our ministry presentation and beginning our deputation meetings; taking a seminary class in 7 weeks, including writing a 25-page research paper; celebrating the holidays with our [...Read More]

#Read2017 – Literary Adventures in September and October

This has been a busy fall! We are getting ready to start traveling for our missions deputation, and I also just started another seminary class. Somehow I managed to complete 6 books for my #Read2017 challenge before that all really got going (several of which I'd already started earlier in the summer), plus a handful of easy fiction reads that weren't included in my challenge categories. Here's what I read in September & October (contains affiliate links): Speaking in Bones, by Kathy Reichs Category: Mystery novel Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Another great book in the series about Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (popularized by the tv show Bones). I have trouble reviewing fiction [...Read More]