Lean Into It

Nobody wants to lose, but are there lessons to be learned from losing? During this season of March Madness we’ve watched an abundance of college basketball at our house and on the road. The final score of each game may reveal a team’s strength for that day, but most interesting to me is how the … More Lean Into It

To My Valentine

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) My alarm beeped at 4:30 a.m. Rising stiffly, I carefully straightened my back. … More To My Valentine

Kilimanjaro, Part 3

Many things seem terrible to us at the time, but in retrospect we see the humor. Below is Part 3 of my friend, Dave’s trip to Tanzania. The remainder of his story regards his flight home. It offered him the opportunity to utilize his mountain climbing techniques in a rather unusual way. His original story … More Kilimanjaro, Part 3

A Christmas Scent

I love walking past some nearby woods. It makes me feel like I’m on the farm again. The other day as I walked my dog, a soft breeze blew the distinctive scent of a red cedar. Instantly through the eyes of memory I stood in my parent’s living room between the Christmas tree and the … More A Christmas Scent

Journey to a Dream

Sometimes parents embark on special travel commitments to support the dreams of their children. The following guest post details the pursuit of one such dream. You’re welcome to ride along. _______________________________ A Nutcracker Journey Guest Post by Sarah Yasutake The Nutcracker ballet is an annual holiday tradition for many, but I didn’t attend a performance … More Journey to a Dream

God’s Nudge

The Sunday bulletin for our large church was packed with inserts as usual. As I paged through the announcements and activities for various groups a lovely blend of fall colors caught my eye. An invitation proclaimed a Thanksgiving feast for Singles. Ordinarily I would have skimmed past it since I’m not single, but the colors … More God’s Nudge

Traveling with Pets

My new friend, Heidi Casper, wrote today’s Guest Post. Heidi is a children’s writer currently working on her middle grade novel (for 8-12 year olds). The story features children of an army dad. Traveling, and everything that goes along with it, can be a challenge. However, traveling with pets can be downright daunting for both … More Traveling with Pets

Lord, Heal Our Heroes

My heart is drawn toward our military and their families. They have suffered so much. Some service members survive battle only to commit suicide when they return home. I’ve been looking for a ministry that truly uses my donations to help these men and women. Operation Heal Our Patriots is a ministry I’m considering. If … More Lord, Heal Our Heroes