Back in the (blog) saddle and a book giveaway!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Museday Tuesday, Random Thoughts | 20 comments

Back in the (blog) saddle and a book giveaway!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I appreciate those of you who’ve asked about my absence. I’m humbled, actually.

To be honest, I needed a break from all the cybernoise. (To some degree, I still do.)

While on that break, I wrote quite a bit. I also read quite a bit and I’ll be sharing some of those books with you here on the site. I’ll also be sharing some guest posts and other random thoughts/friends as I prayerfully consider my posting schedule in the days to come.

Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen that I’ve got some exciting news for June. I’m also celebrating some exciting news with my friend Michelle DeRusha.

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On death and dying – a peek into my thoughts since losing my Mom

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Grief, Museday Tuesday, Random Thoughts | 88 comments

On death and dying – a peek into my thoughts since losing my Mom

Losing a parent is hard.

The reality that the person who brought you into this world, who nurtured you, who helped you chart your course through life and who trained you up in the way you should go is GONE.

There is so very much to process. The programmer in me can’t help but compare it to the operating system of my iPhone: it’s as if a dozen apps suddenly launched and started running in the background, all of them vying for their time in the foreground. Notifications, Alerts, Pop-ups, etc.

It’s constant.

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When your wait is over, will you be ready to roll?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Devotions, Good Word Wednesday | 0 comments

When your wait is over, will you be ready to roll?

I’m tired of waiting.

I recently had foot surgery, so I’m hobbling around in a boot waiting for my foot to heal.

My son moved 7 hrs from home and we can’t schedule a visit until February.

We need some repair work done around the house, but we can’t start until (1) we have the funds, and (2) the weather breaks.

I find myself thinking, “I can’t wait until…”

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What my fracture boot is teaching me about my walk

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Museday Tuesday | 30 comments

What my fracture boot is teaching me about my walk

I’m sporting a not-so-stylish accessory these days.

After spending the better part of 2013 searching for relief from my foot pain, I had surgery (Jan 9th). The first week was painful, but thankfully I’m on the mend and off my crutches.

The boot, I’m afraid, is here to stay for a while.

It’s all-good and will be worth it when I’m back to exercising in the spring, hopefully without pain. In the meantime, I’m schlepping this crazy boot. Believe it or not, this thing preaches to me.

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The ER isn’t usually a funny place, but funny conversations happen there

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Museday Tuesday | 36 comments

The ER isn’t usually a funny place, but funny conversations happen there

I have a knack of turning something sobering into something silly.

I don’t mean to. Really. I know it’s important to be fully present and feel the weight of the moment, but for some reason my contemplative self passes the baton to my snarky self and off she goes.

One of the most sobering things of late has been my mom’s stroke. Few things upend your family’s world like a stroke does.

For years I recorded prayer requests of stroke victims and their families. And I prayed for them, but I had no idea what they went through.

Now I do.

Now I know some of the struggles and decisions and heartaches. I also know you can find joy where you least expect it. Like in the emergency room.

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I know I’m 2 weeks late, but Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Random Thoughts | 12 comments

I know I’m 2 weeks late, but Happy New Year!

I realize I’m way late, but things have been crazy lately.

Several things were different during the holidays and we were missing some of our favorite folks. But we had many of our favorites with us, and WE had lots of fun! We’re truly grateful for that.

These days my fun is restricted. I had some elective foot surgery last week, so I’m hobbling around and doing my best to keep my foot elevated. My immediate future includes crutches and a not-so-stylish fracture boot.

I’ll continue blogging, but with a twist.

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Navigating storms during the most wonderful time of the year

Posted by on Dec 22, 2013 in Random Thoughts | 42 comments

Navigating storms during the most wonderful time of the year

So life was humming along ok. Things smoothed out since the summer busyness. I decompressed from my mission trip to Guatemala. I sorted through most of the stuff from Allume, and hoped to get into a groove with my writing. Smooth sailing through the holidays and start the new year with fresh vision and purpose!

In a 10-day period,

My son was transferred to a new job seven hours away.

My mother-in-law had a cardiac episode we feared was a heart attack.

My mother had a stroke.

Not a whole lot of smooth, especially those last two.

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Saving you a seat at the table

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Random Thoughts | 53 comments

Saving you a seat at the table

I felt like an awkward sophomore who found herself at the senior lunch table.

Everyone seemed to know each other, old friends hugging and chatting about things I had no knowledge of. A heavy heart-loneliness settled over me as I scanned the room for familiar faces.

I feel that way at every conference, even at Allume.

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Making progress? I hope!

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Random Thoughts | 32 comments

Making progress? I hope!

This is a test post.

I had an issue last week with my feed. If you visited my site, you didn’t see anything unusual. If you receive my posts by email or read on Feedly, you saw something quite unusual!

Somehow my feed was hacked, which caused me to suspend posting until we could figure out the problem. Hopefully we’re making progress and this post will be ad-free. The next step will be working and reinstalling the design elements.

In the words of Roseanne Rosannadanna, “It’s always something.”

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Guatemala Brain Dump

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Good Word Wednesday, Mission Trips | 36 comments

Guatemala Brain Dump

Before I left for Guatemala, I had this idea that I’d come back all fired up and inspired.

And that I’d write this deep, insightful post that highlighted several awesome God-moments from the trip. And that I’d have dozens of photos of beautiful Guatemalan children.

Yeah. That was BEFORE I left. Now that I’m home, I can barely string 2 thoughts together.

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A Monday Pause ~ Lord’s Prayer

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in A Monday Pause, Wall Around Your Heart | 7 comments

A Monday Pause ~ Lord’s Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name…

The Lord’s Prayer is familiar to most of us, and it’s the focus of Mary DeMuth’s new book,
The Wall Around Your Heart: How Jesus Heals You When Others Hurt You.

We may think we’re protecting ourselves, but are we really isolating ourselves from the community that can make us whole?

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Off to Guatemala!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in Good Word Wednesday, Mission Trips | 6 comments

Off to Guatemala!

We’re off to Guatemala!

I’m excited to reconnect with some of my friends and see what God will do with us. I’m going with some of the same gals from our Feb 2013 trip: Alene Snodgrass, Emily Gallimore, Dawn Muench, Sara McDaniel, Carolina Sizemore, and Laura Harris. I’m excited to get to meet my San-Fran friend Dolly Lee for the first time in real life!

And then there’s the charming Anita Taylor, with whom I seem to be working my way around the world. So far we’ve traveled to Israel and Belize…

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