New Year, New Words

New Year’s resolutions drift across my screen as everyone steps up to join a cause, challenge, or fitness routine. Steps and calories are counted as everyone eagerly anticipates reaching their personal goals. Others count pennies and dollars as they climb out of debt or save for a large purchase. The new year brings freshness and… Read More New Year, New Words

Crafting, Holiday, Life

The Beautiful Mess of Christmas

Christmas is a beautiful holiday. It is a season of love and giving from the heart. It is a time of sharing, caring, and spreading hope to neighbors and strangers. But it is also a big, fat mess. It brings wrapping paper scraps and broken bows scattered around the house. Crafts and cookies put smiles on… Read More The Beautiful Mess of Christmas


Farewell 20s…

You have treated me well. You gave me the Love of my life, and seven sweet years of marriage. You taught me to love. You gave me six pregnancies and four amazing daughters. You taught me joy and loss. You moved me halfway across the country and gave me a new community and some pretty sweet… Read More Farewell 20s…


“Might I have a bit of earth?”

Thus begins the fate of the garden behind the wall, locked up and forgotten by the current generation. A shroud of nervous tension, almost fear, hangs on the place. Here a lonely girl finds solitude, purpose, and new life. I might be very different from introverted and pinched-faced Mary Lennox, and yet I have always… Read More “Might I have a bit of earth?”


Changing Sails

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr. The wind is cold and sharp as it whips strands of hair into my face. I strain against the strange fog, trying to see the horizon. I see nothing. I taste the salty spray and try to… Read More Changing Sails

Baking, Life

There’s Happiness, …and then there’s cheesecake!

I love cheesecake, even more than I love coffee. There is something about the velvety, creamy sweetness that I find completely irresistible! Some people say it takes too much effort, but honestly, if it were any less I would be in BIG trouble! This last week I was wanting to create something fun for my… Read More There’s Happiness, …and then there’s cheesecake!

Gardening, Life

Summer Really Does Come

We had a long winter. Almost two feet of snow fell on Mother’s Day. And even after we bade farewell to the last snowflake, there was a coolness that just didn’t leave. Until last week. The sun finally decided to bake the region and we’ve been faced with 80s and 90s. …And my rose finally… Read More Summer Really Does Come


When The Coffee Is Gone…

Okay, I lied. 😉 Maybe this blog is about coffee after all. Or it is today. You know, some mornings are tough. The challenges and piles hit the moment your feet touch the floor. You stand there, fuzzy hair, blotchy face, trying to pull yourself together. You pull yourself into the kitchen. And the coffee… Read More When The Coffee Is Gone…

Life, Parenting

Little Things

Life is made up of the big and the small. The life-changing and the insignificant. Hallmark moments and others so fleeting no camera is even there to capture them. A world trip and a quiet evening on the back porch. Dreams and memories. This week has been full of little things. Nothing grand or glorious.… Read More Little Things