Category Archives: The Parlor: Personal stuff

‘Twas the Week After Christmas

  ‘TWAS THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS Twas the week after Christmas, and all through the house Piles of paper and toy hotspots called out for a douse! The bathrooms had not been rightly cleaned for four days And the kitchen was messy, … Continue reading

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An Extravagant Life

  This has been an interesting season. Thought I’d share some thoughts from a few years ago with you here today, since I need to be simple as I’m working from my phone!! Last week I was online, chatting with … Continue reading

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Distressed and Downcast, Mom? There’s a War Going On!

And seeing the multitudes, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd. ~Matt. 9:36 As moms wanting the best for our children, we can become “distressed” and “downcast” quite easily these days. … Continue reading

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Communicating Love to Our Children

I heard him from the kitchen; me answering yet another email. “Mom, can you come lay down with me?” “Sure, pal!” I clicked the x, closed the glowing page, silenced the siren. My four year old was lying on our … Continue reading

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Stretch Out Your Hand!

On another Sabbath He entered the synagogue and was teaching; and there was a man there whose right hand was withered. The scribes and the Pharisees were watching Him closely to see if He healed on the Sabbath, so that … Continue reading

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Christmas: A Time to Rest

**This article appeared Friday at HeartoftheMatterOnline. If you’d like, you can read it there! ** In our house, Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal. Like thousands of others, my table will groan under pounds of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, gravy, … Continue reading

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Not a DIYDiva: Not Just a Decorating Book!

There is a lot of stuff out there on the internet. Yes, I do realize that’s a ridiculous understatement. It’s akin to saying, “There’s a lot of salt out there in the ocean,” or perhaps, “There’s a lot of hydrogen … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: What do Peace, Wisdom, and Work Have to Do With It?

My new article is up at Homemaker’s Challenge! Here’s a teaser … “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell … Continue reading

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The Scandal of Thanksgiving: 1,000 Gifts

  In January I embarked on a mission: To write down 1,000 gifts by Thanksgiving. Inspired by Ann Voskamp’s lovely, heartbreaking, beautiful book, lined pages of notebooks and decorated pages printed off the internet and invisible pages in cyberspace began to … Continue reading

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You Are Here

You Are Here You are here. Not far off in the sky somewhere Removed from all I know and bear But here. Present, breathing, watching, seeing Upholding me when the waters threaten Here.   Oh, Lord, make me mindful of … Continue reading

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