October 20, 2017

How Was Your 2015?

How was your 2015? Mine was a confusing jumble of mountaintop experiences and dismal unending plateaus. If you've watched The Lord of the Rings, I often felt like I was stuck in the dead marshes. But like Frodo and his faithful companion Sam discovered, the marshes do not last forever. Neither do the hard seasons. And looking back over this past year, I realize that our time in the marshes pales next to the thrill of the mountaintops and the lessons learned in the valleys. I started the year off on a plateau, zoomed up the heights of seeing my husband graduate with his Masters of Divinity (after 7 long years of climbing!), flew to the next peak to begin our missionary journey, then [...Read More]

Best of 2013: Good Reading to Start the New Year

Need some good reading to start off the new year? Check out the top posts from 2013! How to Make a Prayer List Do you keep a prayer list or prayer journal? There's many different ways to do it. But if you need some suggestions, here's four simple steps to making a prayer list that works for you.   Using Your Prayer List So now that you have a prayer list, do you use it? I don’t know about you, but I find the list-keeping part easy — and the using of it, not so easy. But praying for each other is so incredibly important! Intercession is a privilege that only God’s true children can enjoy!   Social Media: a Christian Perspective As Christians, we have a [...Read More]

Best of 2012

Just in case you missed any - here's the very best of 2012 from DFD!   Top 10 Devotionals: On Struggling through the Dark Places How to Hold on to Your Dreams  It's Okay to Grieve  God is Still at Work  Fighting Against Boundaries How to Be Perfect  Thank Someone {November Challenge 2012} Post-Election Thoughts  Christmas Card Intercession Top Book Reviews: 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess  Merry Christmas, Meager Budget Work Shift  Top Recipes: Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix How to Cook Spaghetti Squash  Top Series: Our {Love} Story: Part 1, 2, 3, 4 Things I've Learned from Chronic Illness: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, Just the Facts Top [...Read More]

Real Life Stuff – food and randomness

I am sort of a foodie. I like to dream about how unbelievable food will be in heaven, when we won’t need to eat but we’ll get to eat. Can you even imagine? I think any food with tomatoes and melted cheese is absolutely perfect. Add basil, and it's beyond perfect. Some favorites are Margherita pizza, meat lasagna, three cheese penne, Caprese salad, anything parmigiana... need I go on? I am kind of obsessed with fresh fruits and veggies. In fact, when I go to the farmer’s market, I feel like a kid in the candy store. I want one of everything! (And I love the whole buying experience too.) It's my grocery-budget weakness.     I am somewhat addicted to coffee. I need my 16 [...Read More]

Real Life Stuff – hobbies, tv & movies

I am a multi-dimensional person. In other words, a hobby geek. If you read my first post about "Real Life Stuff," then you already know I'm a lover of (written) words. I am also a bit of a computer geek. Ask me how to do something and I can probably figure it out for you. Or I'll ask my husband (also a computer geek). And yes, I do like to hear about his latest computer projects (though I don't understand everything he tells me). I started playing the piano when I was six (because I wanted to be just like my big brother!). I still love playing for church - or just for fun. My mom-in-law got me started making cards when I was housebound from the Wegener’s. Give me paper, glue, and [...Read More]

Real Life Stuff – the word edition

Welcome to the first installment of "Real Life Stuff" - discovering who the person behind all these words really is. This was originally going to be one post. And then you all asked some great questions, and so I've broken it into a couple posts instead. For today, all the stuff about writing and reading that you wanted to know (and probably more than you wanted to know). I am a writer.  I write because I have to. Because I cannot not  write. I usually write on my laptop, on the sofa, where I can look out the windows and see lots of trees (one of my inspirations). Only thing is it's terrible posture, and my back has been letting me know that lately. So that might change in the days [...Read More]

Our Story, Part 4: Husband & Wife

Make sure you read parts one, two, and three! Our great friendship led to our engagement on Christmas Eve 2006. And our adventure together was just beginning… here’s part 4 of our love story.   After Christmas, we headed back to South Carolina so James could finish his final semester of undergrad. He studied, I worked, and my Mom helped us do some serious long-distance wedding planning {all the way from Massachusetts to South Carolina!}. And then in April 2007, my life completely changed when Wegener’s Granulomatosis hit me hard and fast. I will always be so grateful that James is an EMT {Emergency Medical Technician} – he’s the one who realized I was so sick and called my [...Read More]