Love Under Construction

It’s about time to take down the Valentine décor on the shelves in the dining room and replace it with symbols of spring and summer yen. I love my Valentine display, not just because I’m a romantic and crazy about the man in my life, but because love is an every-day thing. For those of you who don’t have a special someone, this blog isn’t about romance. It isn’t about courtship or marriage. It’s not … Read more

Why I’m Missing My Book

Word of God

The remnants of the Book are spread out on the kitchen table.  It seems I dropped my all-time-favorite KJV maroon-covered red-letter teacher’s edition 21+ year-old Bible when we came home from church last Wednesday evening. Dave gave this Bible to me for my birthday and I’ve used it (along with other Bibles) ever since. It seems the puppies found the Bible before I discovered it was missing.  By morning Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and parts of … Read more

Homemade Tapioca

Every once in a while, I get a hankering to have some tapioca.  Maybe it’s because it reminds me of custard without the heaviness of a custard.  Maybe it’s because my mother used to make this and it reminds  me of my childhood.  Maybe it’s just because it’s plain wholesome good. While considered a starch, tapioca has many good qualities. It has a low level of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.  It is rich in … Read more

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