This is Not Where I Thought I Was Going

Life IS hard and messy and beautiful. Embrace it all.

Wildfire, or Welcome to My Blog

How does a Missouri farm girl wind up in Idaho watching the smoke from a wildfire that threatens to consumer her adopted town, anyway? That’s a complicated question. The simplest answer is that my husband made plans that did not…
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Becoming An Outdoors-Woman

I attended my first Becoming An Outdoors-Woman event at the boy scout camp near Osceola, Missouri in September of 1997. That weekend adventure would become so very important to me because it introduced me to an idea that I hadn’t…
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Sunday Has Come!

Sunday morning. The stone has been rolled away. The women find the tomb empty. Jesus has risen from the grave! Because He did, everything changes… Hallelujah, the Savior lives today! To a Christian, Easter Sunday means everything, when we celebrate…
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When Things Look Dark…

For the Christian, Good Friday looks pretty dark. Jesus – the promised savior – has been betrayed, unfairly tried, found guilty. He’s been beaten and abused, abandoned, and denied by His closest friends. And crucified between actual criminals, He died.…
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Finding The “Thing”

When life gets complicated or takes an unexpected turn it’s critical to have a “thing” to turn to. One that urges you to climb out of bed, comb your hair, and go on when you think that you can’t. The…
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Go Look At the Worm Moon Tomorrow Night!

This year the Vernal Equinox – or first day of spring – occurs on Wednesday, March 20th. We also get a super moon on Wednesday night, and if the skies are clear, it should be outstanding. It’s called the Worm…
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Saint Patrick Wasn’t Irish

It’s true that Saint Patrick was not Irish. He is, however, the Patron Saint of Ireland. I’ll leave you to read the story of his life in the first link at the end of this post. It’s an interesting one,…
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Spring Forward Tonight

Tonight we “spring forward” into Daylight Savings Time and lose an hour’s sleep. I have never been a fan of changing the clocks, and there’s research that suggests that it’s not healthy for us. Nevertheless, tomorrow most of us in…
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Driving (Reluctantly), Part II

It’s embarrassing to admit to being afraid of something that most adults do every day – like driving a car – without even considering all the ways that things can go horribly wrong. Even though I was scared to death…
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I’ll Be My Own Valentine

According to History.com, Valentine’s day isn’t based on a warm and fuzzy historical moment that brings tears of joy to all who hear it. Screams of terror, perhaps, but there’s little joy in the tale. You can read it for…
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My Top 13 List of Books Read in 2018

Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life – Joseph Addison I’ve been keeping track of the books I read since January, 1998. My system is to write them down in a notebook I keep by…
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