Welcome to 2021! How can we prepare to tackle this year’s challenges ? Give thanks!According to an article in positivepsychology.com, when we express gratitude, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions. These neurotransmitters make us feel good and enhance our mood immediately. In other words, when we practice gratitude, we’ll feel … Continue reading Happy Grateful New Year!
I’ve been packing a lot of memories lately. Do you realize, when you’re moving, you have to touch every single memory in your home? Geesh! This is exhausting. -Photos, toys, books, notes, and mementos are piled everywhere in my house. Oh, brother! Laurie’s hands and heart are getting a workout. I’m overwhelmed. But, have no fear, God … Continue reading Thanks…for the Memories
...a story about planting seeds and trusting God during winter’s passing.. We struck out one January afternoon to find the Missouri Botanical Garden buried beneath a bluish-gray winter sky. The air was crisp and the walks were cool when we rumbled with our stroller baby to explore this winter garden. I call the garden “Shaw’s … Continue reading A Winter’s Garden
She was one of my extra moms. Our daughters were buddies from kindergarten through high school. Our homes were interchangeable. It was easy to share children. I was speechless when I found out Lisa had cancer. It was one of those moments your mind is racing with an echoing, "WHY, WHY, WHY?" God and Lisa … Continue reading Lisa’s Life List
“Behold. I am making all things new.” - Rev. 25:1 I’ve been so privileged to spend time with my granddaughter in this new year. The baby and God are teaching me a lot about coping with worry, anxiety and fear. So...Here’s my checklist! Coping with Worry ...What the Baby Taught Me 1. Stay Close - … Continue reading Four Tips to Deal with Worry -What the Baby Taught Me
As I gaze at the cascading fields of golden corn stubble on this quiet, misty farm morning, I think about how life is fluid. You can remain in a space for a time...but you can’t grip the things you love and hold on to them forever. They move. We move. Life changes and God calls … Continue reading Success in 2020 ! A Checklist!
Nope, I don’t have my dazzling holiday dress on. My home is not accented with fall leaves and pumpkins. I’m wearing sweatpants. I’m painting walls. I’m sleeping on the floor of a Brooklyn apartment while waiting for the birth of my first grandchild. YUP...the holidays are going to be a bit different this year. That’s … Continue reading Six Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress
Fall’s been interesting...a non-stop adventure for this Type A Lady! I thought I’d share some of my Fall Fun! AND...cause I’m so Type A : I’m writing this in the acronym: GOD’S BLESSING G - is for golden - the color of the Illinois corn fields which crosspatched my view from the plane! … Continue reading Fun Friday: Family, Friendship, Felines, Food ….FALL!
I’m writing about seasons. I’m writing about ghosts. This is the first in a series. Indian Summer Saturday blossomed on our farm hilltop. Gold flickered up from the bristling corn stalks. They crackled and shimmered in the breeze. It was a glorious day. We were working. The barn was dreary and dusty. We had to … Continue reading Seasons: FALL
God knows when I need a reminder so today He sent me a sermon based on Ephesians 5:21. I get it, God. Thanks! I gotta remember to DUCK. -Good grief, you’d think I’d have this memorized by now. I’ve been married 35 years. I … Continue reading Duck! Top Ten Marriage Tips