How I Know He Knows My Name

We learned the song from the “blue book”** as we called it. ‘Sang it for years with my sisters – many times on our way home from church on a Sunday evening. Years ago, my sister and cousins recorded a tape of lullabies, including this song. Listening to this song recently, I realized that this is where […]

Best (Made From Scratch) Brownies

Brownies – and all things chocolate make me happy. Especially this recipe. I’ve made my share of boxed brownies, but when I want a treat, this recipe is what I go for. My daughter Rebekah found this recipe in The Reader’s Digest years ago and we’ve used the recipe ever since. It’s been so many years […]

One (Selfish) Reason Not to Become a Foster Parent

When it comes to foster care, I can’t begin to count the many times I’ve been told, “I admire you so much. I could never do that because I’d get too attached.” Oh please! As if I don’t get attached. As if we haven’t cried when foster kids left our home for good. As if […]

The Problem – and Pressure – With Wanting a King

It doesn’t matter how old we are, we feel the pressure of peers. It happened to the Israelites and it happens to us. It’s our natural bent to look about us and see what others are doing. We watch not only what they are doing, but how they are doing it. Before we know it, […]

Homemade Pizza Sauce

This recipe for pizza sauce is simple and easy to do. I recognize that it’s not completely homemade because it doesn’t start from scratch with tomatoes, but it’s the closest thing to it. It’s a lot of work to make pizza sauce completely from scratch, and I’ve decided that this form of “homemade” works best […]

Those Last Tenths of a Mile Before Heaven Began

  It’s the route that we take when we remember those lives before Heaven. The roads on this route are full of curves and hills. Each homeowner/store owner remembers those days in 1998 and 2011. We do, too. A few weeks ago when Dave traveled out of town for a meeting, he mapped out the […]

Farming in the Boy and the One Who Owns The Cattle

Farming. You can take the boy off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy. I’ve seen that in my man. Dave would like nothing better than to be baling hay all day and helping calves and lambs take their first steps into the world. For a few years, he got his […]

Raisin Cookies

When you have a husband or child who doesn’t like chocolate, you’re happy for an alternative to chocolate chip cookies. I knew Dave’s favorite cookies were raisin cookies before I married him. He likes oatmeal raisin cookies and he likes this recipe, which does not have oatmeal. The problem with this recipe is that you have […]

One True Fragrance (in Marriage)

Roses. I do like roses and their fragrance. ‘Especially on our anniversary, my birthday, on Mother’s day, or any other time in-between. Especially other special times, like the births of our babies – I like roses. I used to tell folks that when I wanted a dozen roses, all I had to do was have […]

What King Saul, Adolf Hitler, Global Warming, and Kathy Griffin Have in Common

Call it natural, common, or sin nature, we all have it and exhibit it in one way or another. We are broken people. For some of us, it’s more subtle. We’re followers of Jesus, and our intent is to serve Him even though there are times when we fall so short of who He has […]