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Interview with Karen Ehman and a Keep.It.Shut Giveaway

Interview with Karen Ehman and a Keep.It.Shut Giveaway

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER AND WE HAVE A WINNER. CONGRATULATIONS, BERNADETTE V! I’LL BE EMAILING YOU SHORTLY! Today, we have an interview with KAREN EHMAN, a writing friend and hospitality kindred spirit about her new book Keep.It.Shut. Woo hoo! Karen’s book A Life That […]

Ever Feel Stuck? Critical Advice We Need to Grow.

Ever Feel Stuck? Critical Advice We Need to Grow.

I was encouraged this week by this quote from Stepping Heavenward, God never places us in any position in which we can not grow. We may fancy that He does. We may fear we are so impeded by fretting, petty cares that we are gaining nothing; […]

Weekend Edition: Recipes, Books and Art I’m Loving Right Now.

Weekend Edition: Recipes, Books and Art I’m Loving Right Now.

I don’t normally write on Saturday, but here I am. Winter seems long right about now, and to compensate (I think) I tend to fill the house with flowers. Peter bought me these hydrangea after the last blizzard, and surprisingly, I haven’t killed them. Emily […]

Forgetting Christ At Christmas

Forgetting Christ At Christmas

I am embarrassed to admit that it is easy for me to forget Christ during the Christmas season. It is easier to focus on my to-do list than on my Savior. There are presents to be bought and wrapped, Christmas cards to be addressed and […]

Are Bikinis Modest?

Are Bikinis Modest?

Yesterday I spent a day on the beach with my kiddos. You may not know this about me, but I am a people watcher. Want to know what I noticed yesterday?  Bikinis are not modest. I saw scores of pre-teen girls, 8-12 years old, who […]

Protect Yourself From Lies by Diving Into Truth

Protect Yourself From Lies by Diving Into Truth

  Every once in a while, a little soul searching is a good thing. Some questions: Do you know error when you hear it/read it? Are you unknowingly speaking error to yourself? When someone presents error, do you recognize it? When something is just a […]

Surrendering Our Will- Even in Harsh Conditions

Surrendering Our Will- Even in Harsh Conditions

You may remember this post that I wrote last year about my lone pansy that had grown in our rock patio entitled “Growing Between A Rock and A Hard Place.” Well, this week I came out to find a surprise. My little pansies were no […]

Friday Five (on Saturday)

Friday Five (on Saturday)

  So, I know it’s a day late, but here is our Friday Five. But before we start with that, look who’s home: She got in during the wee hours of this morning. We slept in late, had a special breakfast, had friends and family […]

Weekend Dribble Drabble

Weekend Dribble Drabble

  Some things that caught my attention this week: Amusing. An Amish gang? I was mildly amused by (okay, that’s a lie. I was cracking up)  this article about four Amish women gone “wild”…and taking to cutting off beards. Yup. Hair cutting. It’s the new […]