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Don’t Stress; Simplify Summer


School’s out and the kids are wildly excited! Their moms, however, are shrinking back in the corner, an Iced Mocha in one hand and their other hand on their forehead in an effort to calm the storm they feel coming.  It’s called Summertime.

Are you dreading the coming months with your children at your feet?  Are you a little Continue reading “Don’t Stress; Simplify Summer”

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A Few Ina Garten Favorite Recipes


I love the blessing of cooking food for other people.  When I recently made a meal for a family whom we love, I knew that they were fans (especially one of their daughters) of Ina Garten’s recipes. So I made up a menu of mostly all her recipes and set to work.  I made one BIG blunder..,read on to see what I did!

Here’s what I made:

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A Surprising Discovery

Have you ever discovered something that was in a totally unexpected place?  I know the (embarrassed) feeling! A discovery was made years ago and I’ve never forgotten it.  You can hear my story in the video below.


Keeping my kitchen drawers cleaned out is a regular chore for me now, but I pray that the spiritual lesson it taught me will be even more ingrained in my life so that nothing will get “swept into” my heart that will break my fellowship with God.

Do your spiritual life a favor and check your heart.

Did you check your silverware drawer?  How was it?

Do you daily set a pretty table for supper?  

Refresh your heart by guarding it carefully,

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Say “Welcome” With Your Door!

Hi friends! I’m just sharing a quick little post with an idea I tried recently and love!

I found a package of vinyl stickers at Hobby Lobby on the clearance rack. I paid under a dollar for a sticker that I knew would look adorable on my garage door. This is meant for scrapbooking, but it affixed to the door perfectly!

No paint, no stencil needed! Just pull off the backing and stick in place!

It’s my tendency to put all my efforts into the front door, but my husband comes through that door every day! I thought a pleasant greeting should await him, too!

What could you add to the door where your family enters? What do want to say to your guests who approach your home? Why not say it with a vinyl sticker?!


Longevity’s Blessings


As a woman ages, there are certain subjects that she is able to address that would have been out of her zone when she was younger.  One such subject is longevity.  I’ve lived long enough now to say I’ve experienced longevity in:

  • Life!  Creeping up on 60 years is a blessing from the Lord!
  • Marriage!  Thirty-seven years and counting!
  • Ministry!  Thirty-seven years as a pastor’s wife.

I’m not an expert in any area, but I’ve been through much in each.  I’m thankful for the things the Lord has taught me.

Recently my husband was asked to come speak at a church on this very subject and I was Continue reading “Longevity’s Blessings”


Thank You!

Let me end the week of my 10th blogging anniversary by saying a huge thank you to each of you who read, like or comment on my posts.  Without you, it would be pretty lonely on this site!

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I’ve loved meeting many of you, either here or in person!  What a joy to hear that a post has encouraged, helped or inspired you!

If you have a topic you’d like to see addressed here, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.  I don’t know how long this will continue, but I’ll approach each day with a fresh start and give you what the Lord puts on my heart.

Stay refreshed this weekend by attending a Bible preaching church.  If you’re in the area, Boones Creek Bible Church is an awesome place to learn about our awesome God!  I’m off to spend a fun weekend with my girls!  We’re celebrating birthdays!  This might take the sting out of the number!!  Happy Friday!