• meet your neighbors

    Meet Your Neighbors: An Adventure Awaits

    Meet your neighbors.   It sounds intimidating.   Trust me–I know!   As an introvert, I get all nervous and shaky inside when it comes to introducing myself to strangers.   Nervous as Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. Shaky as a lone brittle leaf hanging from a gnarled…

  • Family Traditions

    Family Traditions: Making This Holiday Season A Special One

    He was from Germany. His English was limited, but he needed assistance, so he made his way to the church where my father led a congregation. After a short visit with the man, my father learned that he was alone in our country, his family still in Germany. After making…

  • the eyes are the window to the soul

    Bringing Joy to the Brokenhearted

    It was his eyes that made me do it.   The soft smile on his face did nothing to mask the deep loneliness in his eyes—the type of loneliness that comes from experiencing the death of a beloved spouse.   “Would you be interested in joining our family for dinner…

  • Authentic connection

    Authentic Connection: We Are All Brothers And Sisters

    A few nights ago, my neighbor, who attends a different church, is nearly 80-years-old and almost blind, made her way across the street after dark with oxygen in hand to knock on my door and ask me how I was doing. We sat in my living room for an hour…

  • FREE St. Patrick's Day Love Notes Printable For Kids

    FREE St. Patrick’s Day Love Notes

    What better way to begin St. Patrick’s Day than with some holiday note cards? Surprise your children by tucking a note with their lunch, on their pillow, or on their bedroom mirror–a simple and inexpensive way of saying, “I love you”! No children at home? Why not place individual cards…

  • the-profound-impact-of-ones-name

    The Profound Impact Of One’s Name

    Have you ever stopped to wonder about the beauty and power of a name?   Each name has a story.   Maybe you were named after a grandparent, your mom’s best friend, or a character in your dad’s favorite movie. Or perhaps you weren’t named after anyone at all. It could…

  • life changing shared stories

    The Life-Changing Effect of Shared Stories

    Our Beautiful And Painful Stories   Some time ago, a friend mentioned that she loves sitting with people who are authentic and vulnerable, showing her what love looks like. I soon found myself doing exactly that, and loving every minute of it! It was a weekend of authenticity, connection, shared…

  • Safe and happy neighborhoods

    Safe and Happy Neighborhoods

    Some time ago I sat with a city councilman and other members of the community to discuss how we might improve our neighborhoods.   “We need more police presence in our neighborhoods,” someone suggested right away. Most everyone agreed. I sat back in my seat and listened to their argument.…

  • Hope for the downhearted heart

    Hope For The Downhearted: A Story Of Life, Loss, and Hope

    The Downhearted   “What’s going on?” I asked my neighbor, startled at the sight of emergency vehicles lining our street. “It’s Bob,” he said, shuffling his feet in the grass.My heart fell to my stomach like an anchor in the ocean. My head, my heart, my stomach suddenly felt heavy,…