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When Life Was Easy

While cleaning out a closet this week, I stumbled on these treasures again. Thought I’d share this post from several years back … 

Tera was cleaning her room not long ago and came downstairs with a bag full of recycling stuff. I almost[...] read more


Herbed Plantain Crackers (AIP, Paleo)

I’m in my third week of the Auto-immune Protocol diet (AIP) based on the Paleo way of eating. Probably the easiest “diet” I’ve ever been on. Besides having more energy and feeling happy that I’m putting nothing processed[...] read more


Home Again

A post from several years back, when I had just returned from a quick trip to California. But it could have been describing just about any trip. 
I’m home from a quick trip to San Jose to speak at a Christmas luncheon for “Mothers[...] read more

Gone Fishin’

Apparently, all Oklahomans fish. It’s not optional. Even new, gangly-legged transplants are expected to pole-up and do their part. Shortly after our move from my home state to his, my new step-father decided the seven year-old me needed[...] read more


Here, Kitty

The skies are gray and the rain has begun, but I can’t say there’s a storm brewing like the one in this post from a few years back. I wish I could! 🙂

Mocha came home two days ago. It’s not that she ever really left, but before I heard[...] read more


A Life Recorded

Her name was Martha, and she was born eleven years, two months and thirty-eight days before me. She was covered by Farmers Insurance and adhered to a strict regimen of minerals and supplements; her daily dose included 300 mgs of Passionfever[...] read more

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Casting Crowns

A few weeks ago, when Dave was getting ready to take a run to the dump, we tackled a pile of boxes which had been stored in a covered area along with our hay. Spying one dilapidated box, I told Dave, “I think those are the last of Cindy’s[...] read more

Hillbilly Chili

A memory from another August …

So we have our annual Chili Cook-off last Sunday. And just like every year, little paper donkeys hung on the walls of the church office. Honey-combed sombreros and chili peppers dotted the tables. A giant blow-up[...] read more

Roasted Veggies with a Spicy Cashew Cream … and a peek at Tahoe

We are cloistered away in one of our favorite spots in the world: Lake Tahoe. Back home, family is keeping an eye on the house, the dogs, the garden, the lawn … but here, we barely glance at the clock. Our biggest challenge of the day is trying[...] read more


On Faith and Tumbling

It took a lot of faith to get in that car twenty-nine years ago, and drive seven hours to a town I’d never been to, with a boy I hadn’t known a year. It took all the faith I had to stand and face him, and take his hands, and promise before[...] read more

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Spicy Vegan Slaw

It’s Meatless Monday!!! And today, we have my new favorite side dish: Spicy Vegan Slaw. Now, don’t get your knickers in a twist over that middle word in the title. It’s just five little lettersTry it out: say “vegan.”[...] read more

Germany-Part 2

Today I’ve got a handful of interesting facts to share with you. Mind you, I’ve learned all of this while on a simple quest to buy the ingredients to make cookies. Our apartment has a full-but-tiny kitchen, and I thought I’d make[...] read more

For Zac

Today, the child who made me a mother turns twenty-two. He’s 6’1″, wears size 12 shoes, is capable of dunking a basketball and growing whiskers … and is now a father himself. I have no idea where the time went. Here’s[...] read more

One Year Bible: Jan 30

To read today’s portion of scripture, follow this link to Biblegateway.com or find the following in your Bible:

Exodus 10:1-12:13
Matthew 20:1-28
Psalm 25:1-15
Proverbs 6:6-11

“And when they had received it, they complained against the[...] read more

Gyoza Sauce


I’ve been grieving the Gyoza sauce we used to get with our Chinese food from the Safeway counter. Do you know the sauce I’m talking about? I think I’m the only one who ever called it by its proper name. Gyoza sauce. That was[...] read more

One Year Bible: Jan 15

To read today’s portion of scripture, follow this link to Biblegateway.com or find the following in your Bible:

Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant[...] read more

All Eyes

My friend, Mary, told me this story about her grandson a few weeks ago. It’s stayed with me ever since, and I have a feeling I’ll be thinking about it long after Christmas is over. It’s one of those “out of the mouths of babes”[...] read more

Rotisser-whee! Chicken

Oh, how I love Costco’s rotisserie chicken. I mean it. I never get over how far that little $4.99 chicken will stretch. Here’s what I did with it this week:

I should have taken a picture before I started carving away … next time!

First,[...] read more

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