“Farm” Stories

A year or so ago I wrote about our unexpected  “harvest” from our own backyard  and the dates are growing nicely this year as well! So excited!   As I mentioned in that post,  we embrace our new city lives,  but every now and then we talk about the joy-filled days  of chickens, roosters, goats, barn cats,…

Even Though Oceans Apart

Our Emma has been gone now for almost a full year. And even though she is oceans apart, she is always very near to our hearts… We are so grateful for the ability to Skype  on a semi-regular basis {when she has power}. I can’t imagine how missionary families did it not-so-long ago. Recently Emmy…

“It” Is Back

I’m often asked,  “How do you do it?” Or the most often heard comment I get, “I could never do what you do.” I think what they might be really saying is, “You are silver-haired and  should be empty-nesting it, but ummmm, you have lots and lots of kids even really little kids.” To which…

Farmer Girl Meets City Life

I have to laugh to myself… The Lord is completely amazing. I grew up in the city,  but every single day longed for the country. After closing Dw’s law practice and heading to seminary, we eventually pastored our first church and had a beautiful rolling hilled property on 21 acres complete with vast woods, gorgeous…

20 Years Ago Today…

Twenty years ago today started out to be an average Thursday in  August.  We were pastoring in Virginia, living on 21 acres of rolling countryside in a home we had just built.  Abi was 10, Tyler was 7, Autumn nearly 4 and Emma was just 5-1/2 weeks old. I remember as I showered that morning,…

Has it Really Been a Year, Mr. Nehemiah?

There’s this crazy thing about how God works…. Ask almost anyone who has brought home a treasure through disruption and they will confirm this truth… The treasure that arrived broken, grieving, fearful, and often angry….. whose anxious eyes peered from an expressionless face… those pensive eyes, the terrified heart  and the fearful face – they…

“Well-Rounded”??

I was thinking about the words  “well rounded”  lately. Over the years I’ve often heard people say, “We want our children to be ‘well-rounded’.”  But what in the world does that even really mean?  So glad you asked… The definition of  “well-rounded”:   someone who is skilled, capable or knowledgeable  in a lot of different things,…

Life is Short

Breakfast in the park for a change of pace…. Running in the grass while it’s still cool… Walking the trails for a long ways…. Chatting with the ducks who came a-callin’…. I only had one question for our quacky friends: “Are you related to Uncle Si?  Cause I totally want to meet him.” Some days…