November 2, 2016

If I were following the unofficial code of blog writers, this post would be all about how I haven’t posted for so long (5 months) and explaining all the reasons that I have just been too busy to write (work, family, business ownership, life).  But all of that, “I know,...

June 1, 2016

It has been said that the best marriages are between two people who each believe they are the lucky one.  In this marriage, I am the lucky one and Mike Sparks has always been the brave one.  If it weren't for him, I never would have found myself in the lobby of Hotel R...

May 13, 2016

Last night was my turn to host book club, and I was on Day 4 of a 10-day detox

plan.  (If you follow the link, the full plan is 30 days, but the first 10 days are a

super-strict introduction that can act as a stand-alone detox.)  This sublime salad

that I invent...

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights (the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens)…”  ~James 1:17


In a room of more than one thousand women, chances are you saw someone on stage or in the crowd this weekend...

February 11, 2016


“Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven.” 

~Daniel 10:12


Ash Wednesday is today, marking the beginning of the season of Lent, a church custom that prepares us for the joy of...

January 18, 2016

"Wake up! Strengthen what is left, or it will die. You have not done all that my God wants

you to do."

~Revelation 3:2, New International Reader's Version


It is time to wake up from our electronic stupor and get back to kingdom work.  There are lonely, hungry, hurting pe...

December 23, 2015

Wouldn't it be great if people would tell us how they are feeling?  It would be so easy to understand our family and close friends if we knew what was going on and didn't have to read into actions or guess at motivations.

What if they did tell you,...

December 9, 2015

“Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?"

~Isaiah 43:18-19


Is there a black sheep in your family?  What did they do to earn that role?  Much of it m...

November 19, 2015

Last month, I found out how to turn this sweet girl
















                                                           ...into this smiling, radiant one!...

September 18, 2015

We saw the movie Inside Out last weekend, and I can't stop thinking about its parallels to my own life.  In the movie, Riley is a happy only child growing up in Minnesota with a pond in her backyard.  Her parents teach her to skate and play hockey and the three of them...

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triumph or success over adversity or an enemy in a battle or war

I'm currently reading these actual books:

Rising Strong

You Can Do This

Lighthouse Beach




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