Just Like Dad

“Be imitators of God, as beloved children.” (Ephesians 5:1) They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. As a younger sibling, I used to hear my mother quote this saying quite often to my older sister whenever my sister would get annoyed that I was copying her. But the saying holds true: most…

Enjoy the Ride

What I Learned From Reading Steven King: I just finished the last book of Steven King’s bestselling series, The Dark Tower (his recent (2012) insertion of book 8 into the middle of the series aside). It’s taken me a little shy of three years to finish the series. I am not a Steven King kind-of-girl…

Patience… and Hope

My One Word (M.O.W.) this year is: PATIENCE. It definitely wasn’t my idea to choose PATIENCE. You know what they say about those who pray for patience… God will certainly answer and give all who seek to be more patient, an abundance of opportunities to practice! But Patience it is. I have been asking the…

M.O.W.

M.O.W. stands for: My One Word. It is an idea and a movement that encourages people to abandon the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions since we all know those never work anyway. The idea behind MOW is to choose one theme, character trait, or idea that can be summed up in a single word…

The Innkeeper

I’ve been thinking a lot about the innkeeper lately. You know, the one that supposedly turned Joseph and Mary away? I was just listening to some Christmas music and in the course of about an hour’s time, I heard the innkeeper mentioned at least three times. Every time he was painted in a negative light.…

Simplicity

For those of you who know me even moderately well, this will come as no surprise: I am REALLY indecisive. In circles where “indecisive” is a bad word, I like to say, “I am very thoughtful when it comes to making decisions.” While I like to leave room for spontaneity, when it comes to big,…

Visiting Belpasso

The following post was written by a dear family-friend who came with her husband and son to visit me a couple of months ago. Visiting Hillary in Belpasso: It’s always a challenge to see a person head off on an adventure, whether it’s your child or one you’ve come to love. You pray for them,…

Three Pears

Last night we had an unexpected guest for dinner. We had just finished thanking God for providing the delicious food we were about to enjoy when the doorbell rang. The three of us looked at each other quizzically as Stephanie asked, “Are either of you expecting someone?” It was our friend, Renee. Earlier in the…

The Will For Now

About 5 weeks before I left for Italy I went for a run in the neighborhood. I was gearing up to run the 10k in the 2014 Giant Race on September 7th with my older sister and step-dad. My goal that day was to run a little over 3 miles. While I was enjoying the…

The Good in Goodbyes

& the Practicality of Pain   I recently came across the quote, “Where is the good in goodbye?” ~Meredith Willson, The Music Man This question has been stewing in my mind for the last week or so. Here are a few of my thoughts on what makes goodbyes “good.” 1) The pain is a good sign.…

Home

“In this life, you’re the one place I call home, In this life, you’re the feeling I belong…” -From “Head Over Heels (In This Life)” by Switchfoot   “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” –Robert Frost   “Home is having somewhere to go when…

A License to Worry

When is it okay to worry? When it has been more than a few hours past the time your teenager said they’d be home? When a huge and unexpected bill arrives in the mail and you have no way to pay it? When you, your spouse or child are diagnosed with cancer or a terminal…