How A Small Town Celebration Filled Me With Gratitude

Veteran – a person who has served in a military force, especially one who has fought in a war A Day To Honor Veterans A few days ago, our nation celebrated Veterans Day.  I’m ashamed to admit it isn’t a holiday I have always celebrated.  This year was different.  Other than a few cousins or … More How A Small Town Celebration Filled Me With Gratitude

One Reason Why You Can’t Live Your Child’s Life

You Want To Live Where? Have you ever wanted to live somewhere else? Have you ever dreamed of experiencing life in completely different surroundings?  I have.  My daydreams usually include living somewhere with a long history — a cottage in an English village or a flat in a Scottish city.  I would even settle for … More One Reason Why You Can’t Live Your Child’s Life

It’s Important To Keep The Maine Thing The Maine Thing

Years ago, I attended a Christian Women’s Conference where I heard a phrase that really stuck with me—“You’ve got to keep the main thing the main thing.” The main thing the speaker was referring to is faith in Jesus Christ. There is nothing more important and it should be the main thing in our lives. … More It’s Important To Keep The Maine Thing The Maine Thing

Five Reasons Why I Love Autumn In The Mountains

Sugar Mountain, Banner Elk, Beech Mountain — if it’s October, that’s probably where you’ll find me. My husband and I have been coming to the mountains of northwest North Carolina for years. When our children were still in school, it may have been for a long weekend or during their fall break. As empty nesters, … More Five Reasons Why I Love Autumn In The Mountains

Why Saying Goodbye To A Special Place Makes Me Sad

Everything’s Always Changing Is it just me, or does life seem like one long series of hellos and goodbyes? Of beginnings and endings?  Babies are born and grandparents pass on.  Family members are added by marriage and sometimes taken away by divorce.  New friends move into your life while old friends leave for new jobs, … More Why Saying Goodbye To A Special Place Makes Me Sad

Nine Ways The Fruits Of The Spirit Relate To The Empty Nest

“And the fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”.  If you grew up going to a Christian church or taught a children’s class in a Christian church you may have just sung the above line.  The fruits of the Spirit are found in the Bible, Galatians 5:22-23. The Fruits of … More Nine Ways The Fruits Of The Spirit Relate To The Empty Nest

How My Impatience Caused Me To Miss A Unique Experience

It finally all worked out.  It was the last day of my hometown’s annual air show and I had successfully carved out time to watch the Blue Angels up close. It was to be the grand finale, the highlight of the week. Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo My hometown of Lakeland, Florida hosts an air … More How My Impatience Caused Me To Miss A Unique Experience