• Journeys

    Missing and a Smile

    I know it’s not the date – but it is the day. Two years. Last night I had a hard time sleeping, thinking back on what happened two years ago. One day here, and the next you were gone. Mom – I miss you. Then, as I lay there in the dark listening to Sammy sigh in her sleep, I thought about how fantastic a gift is life. How beautiful – in spite of the occasional difficulties and challenges. Even better, because of God’s Great Gift, it is eternal. So, as I think of Mom and Dad, I realize that just because I can’t see them right now, doesn’t mean…

  • Journeys,  Random

    Surprised

    It’s been a while since I’ve written. So much has happened, I almost don’t know where to begin.  I guess I’ll start with the Source. Today, as I sat in my backyard listening to the birds, the sun was just starting to creep over the horizon. It was glorious. I’m glad I didn’t miss it.  tried to sleep in – but no dice. It was peaceful and the sense of gratitude filled my heart. I have an active imagination. However, I did not anticipate this. So many pieces came together so fast it nearly takes my breath away. The job. The move. The house. The yard. The music. The GRILL!…

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    Roots in the Ground

    I love trees. I love watching them go through the seasons – how their leaves and limbs change with the weather. How they spring back to life and blossom after the cool of the winter. How each one is slightly different, even when they are the same variety. When I was little, I used to think the wind was generated by the trees themselves, and that was how they spoke to each other. Wind language. I was fascinated watching the wind start in one place and roll to the tree after tree. The joys of living on a farm, I guess. There are still moments of fancy when I think…

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    Walk Forward

    There are moments when the challenges of life seem pretty complex. Overwhelming. Daunting. Even a little scary. The question is – what to do next? As I sit here on a quiet Saturday morning, typing on my Surface, the answer seems incredibly simple. Just walk forward a step at a time. Life is a lot like walking. Balance is required. And, the other thing is it’s pretty difficult (if not impossible!) to make good progress if I am looking backward. Yesterday I realized I was digging in my heels and feeling a tremendous resistance to the change I knew was on the horizon. I talk a good game. I can…

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    Mother’s Day Questions

    It was a calendar event I used to dread. Mother’s Day…a day filled with sentiment, blessings, and perhaps for some compounded  and needle-sharp grief. Thankfully, I have harmonized the dissonant notes and come to some very positive conclusions and want to share them. Because I feel very strongly about this, I’m posting it now. Maybe there is only one other person who might be encouraged by this – who knows? Maybe there are more… Are You A Mother? Hug your child or children, if they are close. If not, call and tell them that you love them. One day, one of you might be separated from this life, and I…

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    Contrasts

    Today is Palm Sunday. Can you imagine the scene? Here it is as told in the book of Luke. “When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples! ‘I tell you,’ he replied, “’f they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.’ As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city,…

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    Lingering

    Today is one of those days that feels as though maybe Mom and Dad may actually be here. I have thought of many things today that are so vivid and so real that it’s difficult to tell where the memory starts and the present begins. Here is one memory in particular…. Dad had been ill for quite some time. I realize today as I am recovering from bronchitis I never recall him complaining about what he went through. It wasn’t as if he was stoic, he simply enjoyed what he had. Mom married Dad when she was a young widow with 3 children. Shortly thereafter, she was expecting! She and…

  • Books,  Journeys

    Book 2 Official!

    It has been a while since I’ve been able to say this….Woo Hoo! My book is published. This time I did not cry when the box arrived. The feelings were deep and strong. My parents taught us to work hard and follow your dreams. I am glad Mom was alive to see the first book. I hope she and Pop know this one is out, too. It’s a funny feeling seeing something you created available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Ketch Publishing. It gives kind of a warm feeling. I’m super thankful. Now, Book 3 is being edited!! Yes, that’s true. I hope to have this one out around…

  • Time Travel
    Books,  Journeys

    Amicis Vale

    It feels strange and wonderful to have completed writing book #5 of “The Call Series”. It is a Sunday afternoon, I’m listening to jazz, and yet, part of my heart is with these characters who have lived in my head for several years.  I never knew it would feel like this. It’s definitely bittersweet. Imagination is an amazing thing. I believe it is directly a reflection of our Creator. After all, He spoke worlds and galaxies into existence. That settles whether God has an imagination. I know…I know, a sense of humor, too – since He created me. 🙂 So now in the quiet of an afternoon, I must admit,…

  • I'm amazed
    Journeys,  Random

    Mysteries and Majesty

    There are so many things all around us that happen, and we march right through them. A friend recently told me he stops at the end of the day and takes inventory on what has happened. He asks what can he be thankful for at the conclusion of this day? So – I’m going to tell you 3 things I’m thankful for today. I wrote them up and put them in my blessing jar, because I want to be reminded on 12/31. My church gave everyone 14 and up $50 and asked us to pray what to do with it. I prayed and was very convinced I knew exactly what…

  • Wandering Mind
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    Rambling Thoughts

    This past weekend was great. Have you ever really been in a zone? I know sometimes sportscasters talk about players hitting free throws or three-pointers being in the zone. Obviously I’ve never experienced that! My zone this weekend was completely different. My zone was my 5th book. It was like I opened a door and walked back into this world I know and love. I really love it when that happens. It feels as though I am there. I can’t really explain it, but I have friends who have seen me in the midst of it and they understand! After getting some feedback on the historical / culture accuracy of…

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    Getting in the Groove

    This weekend was one of those truly dreary, rainy, cold and generally miserable weekends in central Texas. However, do you think that put the blight on me? I think not! I spent the time in a flurry of creative, happy things – including cooking, baking, writing and learning. Have I told you I love learning? Some friends of mine referred me to Edward Welch, a counselor, professor and gifted teacher. I listened to his lecture, “Side by Side” on YouTube. I’m expecting the book to arrive today! It certainly gave me much to consider. So – I’m re-engaging with my books! Ta-da! I was able to have a “reunion” with…