It’s that time of the year again. We’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving, the day set aside to reflect on all of the blessings of our lives. It’s not just a day though, is it? Doesn’t it seem like our thoughts go to the things we are grateful for every November? As I reflect on Thanksgiving 2021, … More Seven Things I Am Thankful For In 2021
Easter is different in the empty nest. Gone are the years of Easter baskets, Easter outfits and Easter egg hunts. It’s much quieter, much more introspective. It’s not necessarily a bad thing — just different. Childhood Easters Easter was always a time for big family gatherings when I was growing up. In preparation for … More What’s The Best Thing About Easter In The Empty Nest?
Why Am I Awake At This Hour? Sometimes I can’t sleep at night. I’m tired. I go to bed at a decent hour, usually after reading for a little while. But, then, I suddenly and abruptly wake up during the wee hours of the morning. It may take me an hour or more to get … More Wondering Why You Are Having Trouble Sleeping?
My husband and I started a new tradition during these months of pandemic — Pancake Saturday. I don’t remember exactly when we started it, probably in May. I’m sure we were growing weary of the lockdown and wanted to do something different. The following Saturday, I made pancakes again. After the third Saturday morning, we … More The Problem When You’re Missing An Important Ingredient
I love Christmas music. As soon as the radio stations start playing Christmas music, I’m listening. I’ve really enjoyed it this year because it felt like they started a little bit early. That’s ok, we needed it this year. I guess I’m a traditionalist because I love the old standards the best, especially the sacred … More The Most Meaningful Lines From My Favorite Christmas Carols
My eyes opened to the darkness of the room. It was the middle of the night and, once again, I was wide awake. It was a common occurrence; because of my age or because it was 2020, who’s to say? Thoughts In The Middle Of The Night And as was typical, my thoughts started … More Have You Prepared Room In Your Heart This Christmas?
Waiting is hard. Waiting isn’t fun. We want to know now, to be there now. It’s simply not in our nature to be patient. Where We Wait Think about how often we have to wait. We wait at traffic lights and on busy highways at a standstill. We wait at doctor’s offices and then for … More The Best Thing To Do When You’re Waiting
The Gift I received a lovely gift last night. It wasn’t wrapped in pretty paper with a big bow or stashed inside a colorful gift bag with matching tissue paper. It wasn’t like a gift you get for your birthday or Christmas, but, it was a gift nonetheless. The gift I received was silence — … More The Unexpected Gift of Blissful Silence
Something unusual caught my eye a few weeks ago when I took my puppy out for his morning constitutional. The tall, purple flowers along the front of our house were leaning toward the sun rising in the East. These normally attention-straight bursts of color — a friend identified them as Agapanthus — were leaning eastward … More A Good Lesson From Flowers: Lean Into The Son
Bread. It’s the most basic of human needs, along with water. In the past, you heard about prisoners getting bread and water. Sailors sailing on the high seas and soldiers fighting in historical wars survived on some form of bread. In more modern times, the bread shelves empty as people prepare for the threat of … More Bread – It’s What We Need The Most