Why Our Project Grandma Was a Success

I didn’t think to tell our kids about Project Grandma until after a conversation yesterday. Sitting on the deck on a December day eating lunch with our family, they asked us about their great-grandparents. We shared our memories, and then today I remembered Project Grandma. It’s a neat story – and an even greater project. It’s amazing what one family – or a group of individuals – can do when they work together. This is … Read more

Easy Homemade Cornbread

  Cornbread is best when served fresh out of the oven – especially when it’s baked in a cast iron skillet!  You can bake it in any pan, but there’s something about the taste when it’s baked in cast iron that is just plain down-home country. I got this recipe from my friend Bertha Showalter years ago when we had dinner in their home.  My kids devoured her cornbread and I asked for the recipe. … Read more

Where Mary Found Her Strength


It is during the Christmas season when I think most of Mary.  I remember her, not because she was divine or perfect, but because she was faithful.  I know that, had I walked in her shoes, I would have wanted to be faithful. I also know that, during difficult days and sleepless nights, I would have needed reminders that helped me remember this call on my life.  I would have needed the assurance that God … Read more

Three Reasons Why We Told Our Kids Santa Claus Isn’t Real

It’s an interesting story – the one about Santa Claus. You know, the ho-ho-ho jolly, merry man who wants to help every boy and girl in the whole wide world. So, magically, he traverses the world in one night, riding in a sleigh, plummeting down chimneys to deliver the most awesome presents that any child could imagine. The Christmas season speaks of goodwill and heralding hope for the world, but somehow many children miss the … Read more

Cookie Cutter Christmas

One of the best parts about Christmas is seeing it through the eyes of a child.   If you don’t have any kids in your house, then you need to find some to share the season with you.  Children really don’t care if the house is  clean (and I do).  They’d rather we spend time with them, doing things with them.  Baking cookies together is a great way to start! I think about that each … Read more