Faith, Life

Life… and Counting

"The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life.” — Billy Graham In March I celebrated my 58th birthday. The day came and went with little pomp or circumstance, which suited me just fine as I was busy trying to figure out how it got here in the first place. A minute… Continue reading Life… and Counting

Faith, Homeschool, Nature

Beauty in Chaos

Though the snowy view out my window testifies to the contrary —SPRING is emerging in the northern latitudes! Along with long awaited green, spring ushers in the arrival of the constellations Leo, Auriga and Boōtes; showcasing their brilliant stars Regulus, Capella and Arcturus, respectively. Spring also promises sightings of Venus, Jupiter and Mercury on the… Continue reading Beauty in Chaos

Faith, Family, Life

Defined by Love

Twelve years ago we crammed our belongings, three reluctant kids and an obnoxious sheltie named Bodie into our black Durango and one big yellow Penske truck and headed west. We hadn't an inkling as we pulled out of the driveway with tears in our eyes, that the 2,300 mile trek from Michigan to Idaho would… Continue reading Defined by Love

Faith, Life

What’s in a Name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." A Birthday Rose from my RomeoWho hasn’t heard those memorable words penned by the Bard in his famous play Romeo and Juliet? The sentiment behind that poetic phrase is clear: the significance of a thing does not… Continue reading What’s in a Name?

Faith, Ministry, Nature

Fish Where You’re Camped

My adorable grandson -- frying up a fresh catch!Quail feathers, chicken down, wild-turkey tails and even cat hair —these and more have been the object of my husband’s desire of late and has made our daily life a bit more colorful. It all started with a Christmas present from our new son-in-law. A rectangular wooden… Continue reading Fish Where You’re Camped

Faith, Family, Nature

Autumn’s Promise

I’m sitting in my husband’s work truck surrounded by an expanse of rolling pasture land. Tall prairie grasses blanket the hilly terrain in shades of color merely a faded version of their summer splendor— the under-story of once vibrant green blades now variegated with autumn gold and orange. The entire landscape will soon fade to… Continue reading Autumn’s Promise

Faith, Homeschool, Nature

Re-purposing My Nest: Part 1

We called her Phoebe Anne; though what she called herself I really couldn’t say. Every spring, from parts unknown, she showed up at our front door with her lover in tow. As spring rains gave way to lush green, Phoebe Anne occupied her days preparing for the anticipated arrival of her new clutch. Mornings echoed… Continue reading Re-purposing My Nest: Part 1