February 12, 2016

My Real Family Christmas Letter

Dec15

In the next few weeks, Christmas cards and letters from friends far and near will descend on our mailbox. Memories will resurface from a lifetime ago. Unfamiliar faces will appear in pictures, as marriages have dissolved and new covenants established. […]

Let’s Consider a New “To-Do” List This Holiday Week

Nov24

Thanksgiving is upon us, so I’ve made my list and I’m checking it twice: Mashed Potatoes (the Make Ahead recipe),  Cider Baked Turkey (purchase the juice), Butterhorn Rolls (for Gratitude Rolls),  Pumpkin Bars, and I must remember to cut out […]

Care Packages for the Homeless: Way to Help the Homeless

Nov19

Nationwide, temperatures have been frigid. Ice courses through the bones. And while I tucking my children into bed, years of route “courtesy prayers” are spouted… “Lord, thank you for our yummy dinner tonight. Thank you for our house during the […]

When God’s Voice Sounds a lot like Twila Paris

Jul16

“Honey, go home. You haven’t slept more than a few hours in five days. I’ll stay with him. Surgery is scheduled for 8 am. You need to sleep when you can,” murmured my husband. Tipping the newborn scales at 10.5 […]

To Mothers, Women, Mentors – a Simple Reminder

May9

Five years ago, I shared this post and yet as I re-read it tonight, I needed this reminder – again. No new editing, no additional words, just this. In these moments, when the days are long, and I’m exhausted on all […]

Sometimes I Miss it…

Feb11

Sometimes I am in such a rush, that I miss out on those simple moments. The moments of beauty. The moments of silence. The moments of grace. My first Spring flowers just bloomed: two beautiful tulips. The problem? They were […]

My Imaginary Conversation: a Sunday Moment

Apr28

Last week, I shared some pictures and a video about the “new to me” spring outfits I purchased at a yard sale and thrift stores. I sat outside on my porch, nervously hit the “record” button and welcomed my readers […]

I’ve Never Been Told That Before

Jan31

Clutching the crisp, white note, I held my 20 year old breath as I reread the words scribbled on the stationary by the Director of Admissions at my university. “Jennifer, Thank you for your servant leadership this year on our […]

The Advent Jesse Tree: Jesse Tree Ornament Ideas

Dec3

Traditions play a role in our family’s tapestry in dynamic dimensions. As a traditions consultant for many years, I can share traditions for every holiday and celebration that you can think of, and most likely, many that would never cross […]

Dear Me: a Letter to My Teenage Self

Sep14

Dear Teenage Self Me, In one week, you will turn 16. I just love that you are so full of  life, and innocent enough to believe that this magical birthday will suddenly allow life to explode with possibilities. I know, […]

When I Say “I Do” (Jen Sharing)

Sep1

Last month, my niece and a wonderful young man stood before the Lord and declared, “I do.” I’ve had  the privilege of singing at many weddings over the years, but when it’s someone who is like a daughter to me, […]

Love Them Well

Aug31

“We’re praying for this next chapter,” I heard the greeter mention to someone as they walked out of the sanctuary. I glanced up to see who she was addressing, and my sweet friends came into view. “Chapter, what chapter,” I […]

Beautiful One (Sunday Moment)

Aug19

We started out our worship package last week with the song, “Your Grace is Enough.” Based on the verse found in 2 Corinthians 12:9. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made […]

I’m Weird, Are You? (A Sunday Moment)

Jul14

Our twelve year old rolled her eyes at me as I descended down the stair case on the way to my self imposed “Tacky Day.” “You’re weird, Mom.” I guess in that moment I had delusions of grandeur, and that […]

He is Risen Indeed!

Apr8

Do you know Him? Do you know my King? He paid my debt; He gave His life for me, but the grave couldn’t hold Him, and because of this, I am FREE. This greatest sacrifice. This unfathomable gift. Hallelujah, He […]