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Year: 2015

Lighting up our Joy

Lighting up our Joy

For Christmas last year my sister gave me a “light up” joy sign.  It was exactly what I wanted.  A few weeks earlier I had signed up for a class at Home Depot to make a cute sign that had the word “joy” in lights.  This was the sign I was SUPPOSED to make. When I arrived for the class they had forgotten all about it.  I guess I was the only one in all of west Houston that actually had signed up…

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Does God Know Your Name?

Does God Know Your Name?

Fear not for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine.  Isaiah 43:1 When I speak I always want to hear the stories of the people who come.  Earlier this year Vanessa Cordes told me her family’s story and it’s so great I wanted to share it with you.  She was happy for me to share and it’s great timing because yesterday was her cutie’s fourth birthday. Here’s their story …   John and Vanessa…

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The View from the Back (reprise)

The View from the Back (reprise)

This article was originally published in “Home Life” magazine in April, 2009.  Someone recently asked me for it and the link to the Lifeway website where it is on line is not working … so here it is.  Just a fun little background on this article.  Bill had been asking me for a long time to write down some of my stories.  I kept telling him that I liked to tell stories, not write them.  He finally said .. “just…

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Delighting in this Day

Delighting in this Day

Summer has come and gone.  We are on week two of school now and trying to get used to the routines again.  The other day I posted something on facebook that seemed to strike a cord with people.  I got phone calls and messages from people who said .. “I needed to read that”.  One person called and asked if she could use it as a guest post on her blog.  I said “of course” … which only reminded me…

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What I didn’t read in any of the articles about sending a child to college …

What I didn’t read in any of the articles about sending a child to college …

This time last year I was in the “end of senior year” frenzy.  It was the “last” time to do lots of things, the first time for prom and of course, graduation.  I remember reading/seeing lots of articles on how to survive sending your child off to college.  Some were funny, some eloquent and many thought provoking.   Since it’s that time of year again I’ve noticed the sharing of many of these articles again.  Many of my friends, who…

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Because the internet asked ….

Because the internet asked ….

Yesterday I had the privilege of going back to Baylor University and speaking at an event for the Theta Kappa chapter of Chi Omega.  I was initiated there in the spring of 1987 …. in other words, a LONG TIME AGO.  The girls could not have been nicer and we had a lovely time.  When they invited me to come they asked if I could tell them a little bit about my speaking and how my experience in Chi O…

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What’s the Answer?

What’s the Answer?

Yesterday at breakfast I asked Jacob what he wanted for dinner that night. (The very fact that I was thinking about dinner before 8 am is a flat out miracle).  I still haven’t made a “big” grocery store run since our Spring Break trip and it’s been slim pickings in the food department around here.  I knew I was going to the store later and was hopeful he would tell me just the thing to make.  He suggested something that…

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