101 (+1) Ways to Cope with Stress

First let me say that I didn’t come up with this list. I found it in a local advertisement for a hospital. But we do stay way too stressed out and this list holds some practical, simple ways to make your life less crazy. But in writing this post I have to say that NOT HAVING A BLOG would help me cope with stress! Just trying to format these posts makes me crazy sometimes! Somebody, somewhere, sometime must have prayed {Read More}

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When we wonder “Why?”

    In my last post, I wrote about a book I was reading called, “Fly a Little Higher” about a teenage boy diagnosed with a difficult type of cancer to cure—osteosarcoma. His mom wrote the book and even though Zach died, his mom’s prayers were answered. The death of her son through this cancer was for something much, much bigger. I also indicated that I hoped God never chooses to allow that opportunity for my children. Then Friday night {Read More}

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Beyond the horizon

Why God chooses to heal some people and not to heal others is always a heated question. Especially when it comes to children. No parent should ever have to watch a child die, yet it happens every day. I always think of a quote by a friend of mine when considering the gifts of my children. “God doesn’t give us children to make us better parents, he gives us children to make us better children.”  He gives us our children {Read More}

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How to Declutter the Paper That Takes Over Your Life

  I’ve been AWOL for a while, I know. I’ve written tons of posts on addiction, depression, prayer, etc…and while I’m working on the book writing my story about all of those same topics, I thought it might be fun to do some other things on my blog. My word for the year is “simplify,” and one of the constant battles in simplifying my life is paper. Random sheets of paper are brought into my house every day. If you {Read More}

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Happy New Year Everybody!

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25 Days of Elf on the Shelf~Meet “Willie”

Here in the last few years “Elf on the Shelf ” has put a little new magic in Christmas. When I was little, there was no popular storybook, but there was my little elf “Willie.” Why I named him “Willie” I have no idea. So my little elf has been putting magic in my Christmas for 44 years total, and now he’s putting a little extra magic in Christmas for my kids…at least my youngest. The magic of the birth of Jesus is {Read More}

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Facebook Friday~{Supercalifragilisticexpalidocious!}

Going to Prague, Czech Republic is much like stepping into the past…a hidden fairy tale land. Everywhere you go the architecture is spectacular. And the manner of raising children in Prague is so different than here in the U.S. Children are regraded very highly and are allowed their independence at a much younger age. It was hard to get used to children walking through town and catching the tram or metro all alone to get to school and back. It {Read More}

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Not All is Lost! {Guest Post on Marriage and Addiction}

Today I have a guest post on dealing with addiction in the marriage relationship from Saint Jude Retreats. Hope you enjoy! Not all is lost! By Annie Kochneva (Saint Jude Retreats) When thinking about marriage, more often than not, people would first recall the beginning stages of how their family came to be. The proposal, the excitement, the wedding preparation, the vows, the respect and appreciation, the general care for the other person, their feelings and their well-being, the pure {Read More}

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Facebook Friday~ Free Timeline Cover {God’s Word Stands Forever}

I thought when I sent Miranda off to college that I was done helping with homework. Even though she’s an accounting major at a Christian College, she has to take a New Testament class, which is full of theology and many words that are over both our heads! And of all weeks to have a major research paper due, she has strep throat. Guess who she calls to help? Yep—me. Her mama. I guess she’s got me wrapped around her {Read More}

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Facebook Friday~ “Friends” {Free Timeline Cover}

Awhile back I was linking with Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama for Five-Minute Fridays and one Friday her word to write on was “friends.” Click HERE to read my post, but I thought it would be fun to make a timeline cover about friends. Enjoy! To make this photo your facebook timeline photo: 1. Click on the photo and a menu will come up where you choose “save image as.” (Use a two-finger click on the photo on a mac {Read More}

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“Unstoppable” by Kirk Cameron {…and a Facebook Friday Timeline Cover}

Last month I wrote a post titled, “Where is God When Bad Things Happen to Good People?” and gave my thoughts on that age-old question. Tonight we saw Kirk Cameron’s new documentary, “Unstoppable” in which he goes in his own journey after losing a young friend to cancer to answer that same question. While many of our conclusions were similar, one of his insights just…well…knocked me right upside the head.  We know the Bible contains story after story of bad things {Read More}

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Facebook Friday~Free Timeline Cover…”One Hundred Years From Now…”

  When I was in Prague, we went to a little town outside of Prague called Lidice. It was a small village of around 500 people or so when Hitler decided to make an example of it to show his power and kill everyone in the village, including 80 children. This statue was truly amazing…words really cannot describe the feeling standing at this statue looking at the detail and expression in the faces of these children who were robbed their {Read More}

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Facebook Friday~ Free Timeline Cover

While in Prague, walking (and sometimes stumbling) down the cobblestone streets, I happened upon this rubber band just laying in the shape of a heart. And you know me…I had to take a picture of it!  …And make it into a cute timeline photo for facebook! Enjoy!   To make this photo your facebook timeline photo:       1. Click on the photo and a menu will come up where you choose “save image as.” (Use a two-finger click {Read More}

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Facebook Friday~Free Timeline Cover

    To make this photo your facebook timeline photo:   1. Click on the photo and a menu will come up where you choose “save image as.” (Use a two-finger click on the photo on a mac and right click on the photo on a PC)   2. In the window that comes up you can rename your photo and choose where to save it (I always save to my desktop, then move it later if I want to {Read More}

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