Monthly Archives: May 2011


I’m thoroughly enjoying a book,  One Thousand Gifts-A dare to live fully right where you are,” my friend Kathy gave me. Ann Voskamp, the author, encourages the reader to be thankful. She claims the “real problem of life is never a lack of time. … Continue reading

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“SOLD” sign

RE:      SOLD SIGN How do I spell relief? Seeing a “Sold” sign in front of my mother-in-law’s house where she has lived for over 40 years. It’s a type of bittersweet feeling. On one hand, she’s leaving the known, the … Continue reading

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No weeds…yet

As I look at the tiny shoots from upcoming lettuce and spinach seeds, I rejoice. The light green tips appear tiny and innocent, soft and succulent. No weeds around them—only pure, virgin soil. Yet, it won’t be long and insistent … Continue reading

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Tending to the gardens in my life

Tending to the garden.  It takes time and energy.  A few years ago I didn’t even plant a garden.  My excuse was that I live in a condo and there’s no room. But that’s all it was: an excuse.  Since … Continue reading

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It could have been worse

It could have been worse. The injury was serious, but it could have been worse. When my daughter tumbled off her dirt bike and broke her collarbone, she could have landed on a hard surface. She could have tangled with … Continue reading

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Grill bird

  It started out to be an ordinary cookout. I pressed the hamburgers into patties and my husband stepped out on our deck to light the grill. However, what he discovered under the grill hood turned out to be anything … Continue reading

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God gifts

Gifts from God today: Chicken Divan recipe turns out yummy Walk and talk with my beloved daughter, Amanda A cherished book gift in the mailbox from my friend, Kathy + special hand-written note Washer and dryer on main floor – … Continue reading

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Trilliums and Lily of the Valley

As I walk this morning, I’m reminded of the changing seasons. I spy six happy trilliums in a patch nestled among numerous lily of the valley flowers. It’s almost as if they lift their white heads to say, “Look at … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Muse

What causes a Mother’s heart to rejoice?       *  A phone call from your beloved children wishing you a “Happy Mother’s Day”      *  Sitting  next to a dear friend and Mom in church on Mother’s Day      *  Sing … Continue reading

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We love you, Mom!

This song entitled, “Draw Me Close to You,” is for all of you who have no Mom to celebrate with on Mother’s Day. I feel your pain. My Mom, and best friend, was promoted to heaven 21 years ago this … Continue reading

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