Three Ways to Respond When Life Brings Us Pain

  How easy it is to read someone’s story from the other side and think it’s simple to see God’s hand at work.  But when we’re going through the hard times, we can’t see the other side. We can only choose how to respond. Joseph (eleventh son of Jacob) responded to his life situations the way I’d like to respond. We don’t know much about Joseph’s childhood. We do know that his mother died when … Read more

Why We Had a Half Dozen Kids (and Would Do It All Over Again)

How Many Kids = a Big Family? Some folks think we have a large family. Yet compared to the folks in my church and community when I was growing up, our family size is average or small. So who decides, anyhow? I have cousins who had a dozen or more kids. You know what? When those kids get together now, they have the most fun remembering their childhood. When they have family meetings to plan … Read more

Made From Scratch Biscuits

From a Yankee to a Southerner I was born a Yankee, and where I come from, bread is more of a specialty than biscuits. Then I married a Yankee-became-southern-after-a-move man and we raised our kids in southern Virginia – where hand-squished biscuits are often served all three meals of the day.  Only problem was, I didn’t know a think about making this kind of biscuits.  If I can learn, so can you! Where I got … Read more

How Getting a Handle on Gossip is Like Crossing The Street

Gossip is like squeezed-out toothpaste. It’s easy to squeeze it out, but impossible to put it back in. To illustrate this point in a children’s class, I borrowed a $20.00 bill from another adult (where everyone could see) and then showed the kids a brand new tube of toothpaste. Handing a paper plate to one of the kids, I told him to squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube that he could possibly squeeze … Read more

Three Reasons Why Our Kids Had To Take Piano Lessons

  The piano is the most basic instrument. Learn this one, and it will be easier to learn any other instrument. Music is important to us. Everybody likes some kind of music. Everybody needs music. Dave and I come from a family of music lovers and connoisseurs of music. We both enjoy music, so it’s no wonder that our kids inherited genetics along those lines. We realize that an appreciation for and love of music can carry … Read more