40 Thoughts on Turning 40

40 thoughts on turning 40

Well, maybe not 40. That's a lot of thoughts. But yesterday, last Wednesday, last week, two weeks ago (it has taken me a bit to get around to finishing this)-- I turned 40. And it felt a little like I went to my own memorial-- To be in a room surrounded in surprise, by so many people who I love, all sharing things they love about me. They shared old photos and things I'd written in the past.  They told crazy stories of memories that made me laugh and also Continue Reading

Doing Nothing is Still Something

Doing Nothing

When I do nothing– Something still happens. And it’s usually not good. When I don’t exercise– I grow weak and flabby and… When I don’t spend time in the garden– It fills with weeds and pests and… When I don’t invest in my marriage– We grow distant and grouchy and… When I stop consistent parenting– There is arguing and selfishness and… When I don’t spend time with Him. I’m quick to fall, easy to corrupt and… There is no standing still. There Continue Reading

Favorite Things Stocking Giveaway


  I’ve joined a dozen other online friends for a little Christmas fun! We each have a stocking (mine is more of a ginormous red bag), filled with some of our favorite things to giveaway! To Enter: Check out the Stocking Giveaway Collage featuring 12 other beautiful bloggers and their Favorite Things stockings. Scroll to the bottom to see the details for OUR Favorite Things Stocking. Enter to win my Christmas Stocking Giveaway at the giveaway Continue Reading

Jesus’ Invitation (Keeping Christ in Christmas)

christ in christmas

Several years ago, at Christmas, Lydia asked to pray. She was three. This was her prayer: "Dear Jesus... I hope you enjoy your Christmas party." Me too. But how easily I forget. How quickly I get sidetracked by the broken bulb on the light strand and the number of air mattresses we may or may not need. By the Cyber Mondays and UPS tracking numbers and expiration dates on canisters of whipped cream. By empty tape rolls and lines at the market and did I Continue Reading

Two Christmas Giveaways (and Making the Case for Giving Christmas Gifts)

christmas gifts

I remember the first year they bought gifts with their own money. Unprompted. Our kiddos took their meager stockpile and headed to the mall with my parents while my husband and I were gone for our anniversary. And they bought a Christmas gift for me. And it pulled on the strands of my heart. Even before I knew what it was. It got me thinking about gift-giving.  And while I'm all for a simple Christmas and getting away from the trappings and focusing on the Continue Reading

What Silence Says

(post transferred from previous website) (updated links at end) "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know…" ~William Wilberforce As a former English teacher, I love words. Words create and convey and communicate meaning beyond their literality. For instance, when someone asks me where "Lydia's real mom lives?"... The question has adoption-parent-child-relationship-implications, that communicate much Continue Reading