Community

An Awkward Interruption

God interrupted me today.   Sometimes His awkward interruptions make no sense to me. I had just purchased the most beautiful yellow roses to take to a friend. It was to be a surprise. As I walked to my car, with flowers in hand, I found myself thinking about how the great men and women […]

Continue Reading

Community

Comfort Zone

“Mom, is it a good thing to step outside my comfort zone?” asked my daughter.   “Yes,” I said, giving her a cautious motherly glance, “as long as there is little risk for bodily harm.” “Oh, no need to worry about that,” she giggled.   {silence}   “It’s just that stepping outside your comfort zone is a hard […]

Continue Reading

seeds
Friends | Hospitality

Seeds To Plant

A CALL TO PLANT SEEDS AND PRACTICE HOSPITALITY   The Bible teaches much about hospitality. Abraham, Lot….while much has changed since biblical times, Hospitality has a place in our lives too. We have many opportunities, both inside and outside our homes, to show/extend hospitality:   “God has beautifully designed each one of us to be […]

Continue Reading

Community | Ideas and Inspiration

Worth The Effort

The best things in life take effort on our part.   Standing in the back yard on a beautiful fall afternoon, it occurred to me how wonderful it would be to not have any obligations that day…to just be able to stay at home and relax. But no, we had committed to provide an activity for a few homeless […]

Continue Reading

Neighbors

Connection

  “There is so much sadness and depression in this world,” a friend recently lamented. “What we need is more face-to-face time… more connection.”   Ever since her comment, I’ve been paying closer attention to the opportunities for connection all around me.     Connection is a choice.  Will we choose it?   These people […]

Continue Reading

making memories camera
Family

Making Memories

***Down Aspen Lane is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.  Memory making is a big deal in our family, as it is in yours, I’m sure. Family traditions, holidays, birthdays, vacations, […]

Continue Reading

renaissance celebration infused water
Family | Friends | Holidays

Renaissance Celebration: A Celebration Of Learning

Each year our family throws a history celebration in our home where we display the things we have learned that year for friends and family to enjoy. This past year we learned about the Renaissance Period, so in September we threw a Renaissance Celebration. Previous years’ celebrations have included The Ancient Times, The Middle Ages, […]

Continue Reading

door green closed story
Around The Table

A Story To Tell

Everyone has a story to tell, though I didn’t always realize it.   There was a time when I hid in my house behind locked doors, blind to the happenings of others. Why? Out of shame for my own story. Shame for certain things in my life that I preferred to keep hidden. “Yes, remaining […]

Continue Reading