When a Crumbled American Dream Became a Treasured Blessing

“Okay, what’s the damage?” I asked with trepidation to the mechanic working on my car.

“Well, it’s not good. You need a new head gasket. I’m afraid the cost to replace it with labor will be more than your car’s worth,” he replied.

I paused as this news sunk in. Thoughts of the implications began to hit me. Continue reading “When a Crumbled American Dream Became a Treasured Blessing”

Unexpected Detours and Rainbows

Life can feel like a roller coaster at times. Some days are all sunshine and rainbows, and other days tornados and flash floods. It can feel difficult to get a grip when we’re riding the roller coaster, holding on for dear life, hoping our seat belt will hold out. Often times we let our happiness get caught up in the roller coaster. We place it in that little mesh pocket with our belongings hoping it will remain secure while we ride the hills and loops. And when the coaster takes a really crazy turn, we feel like we’re going to lose it. Continue reading “Unexpected Detours and Rainbows”

The Broken Road That Made a Mother

I’ve been thinking all week what to write for Mother’s Day. Nothing felt right. Too many overused cliches and sentiments. Then this. I decided to share the story of what set me on the path to becoming a mother. I didn’t used to want to be a mother – to have children of my own. For many years when people would ask when I was going to have kids, did I want kids, I answered with a confident, “No thank you. Not me. I’ll pass.” Continue reading “The Broken Road That Made a Mother”

Sleep Better With This One Simple Trick

While driving across town earlier, there was a recurring theme on the radio. The D.J.’s kept talking about sleep problems and various techniques callers used to help with sleep issues. I began to think about how prevalent sleep issues really are in our society.

How often do people have trouble sleeping? All the time. I know I struggle with it. Then again I have young children, one of whom still doesn’t consistently sleep through the night. A full night’s sleep is a rare treasure. Continue reading “Sleep Better With This One Simple Trick”

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt Recap

I posted a challenge a little over a week ago to join me on a gratitude scavenger hunt to search for and record little nuggets of gratitude sprinkled throughout the day for seven days. I had so much fun during my week. Looking back, this was an ordinary week, but noticing all of these little nuggets made it feel extraordinary. Here is my recap of all seven days. Continue reading “Gratitude Scavenger Hunt Recap”

Gratitude Scavenger Hunt Invitation

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Oftentimes I wonder if I’ve found my calling, if what I’m doing, this writing business of trying to inspire people is the right thing. Along my ongoing journey of self-discovery, God sends me bits of wisdom to remind me whether I’m on the right path. Sometimes He redirects my path, other times sends affirmation. Continue reading “Gratitude Scavenger Hunt Invitation”

The Two Most Powerful Words

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Photo Credit: symphony of love via Compfight cc

Of all the words I’ve ever learned, none have had the magnitude and impact as one simple phrase.

“Thank You.”

Saying thank you, and actually meaning it, doesn’t come naturally. At least it hasn’t always for me. Heck, it’s still a struggle at times. It is part of our nature to want more, to do more, to want to achieve more. Continue reading “The Two Most Powerful Words”