When I asked my husband what he wanted for Father’s Day, he went into full curmudgeon mode and said, “Nothing! I don’t believe in supporting fake over-commercialized holidays.” Oh, how I love a man with principles! But respectfully? I disagree, and was incredibly pleased, to say the least, when he agreed to sneak away with me to a waterfront … [Read more...]
A Free Pre-Valentine’s Day Message (Good for Ash Wednesday, too)
Do you love your husband? Then love your husband. Love your husband the way he needs to be loved. * * * I was at Walmart this morning picking up 4 40-lb bags of water softener salt. (Totally romantic, right?! True love means doing the heavy lifting yourself sometimes.) There were heart-covered vases, heart-bearing teddy bears, and enormous … [Read more...]
Sacred Space: (Or) How to Keep your Brain from Completely Exploding
August is amping up, is it not? I hate to say it, but with BACK-TO-SCHOOL! looming in the back at the front of our minds, the last two weeks of this month can be pretty much a wash. Well, you know what? It doesn't have to be this way. I have spent most of my summer fighting the many mental lawn gnomes that try their pint-sized best to drag … [Read more...]
Rest in Peace, dear Mama
We’re never ready to lose the people we love, even when we know they are ready to go. My dear sweet Mama passed away on Monday morning—peacefully, in her sleep, around 9:00 a.m. in Breckenridge, Minnesota. It was a bittersweet departure, as she was to be joining my father that day at his Assisted Living facility. God has a greater plan, … [Read more...]
I’ve got that joy joy joy joy down in my…where, exactly?
Here's something so funny you'll forget to laugh: I failed to take my own advice on Valentine's Day and ended up having a truly rotten day. (Read: NO quality time between husband & wife. Tears. Self pity. Lots of comparing my life to the people on Facebook.) Note to self? Stop writing notes if you're going to ignore them! Well, in any … [Read more...]
Who’s YOUR superhero?
:: A Valentine's Day Meditation (& Netflix Review) :: See those two little men in the photo above? I can tell you who their superhero is, no joking. It's me, Minnesota Mom. I'm the woman that rocks their world. Yes, seriously. (But don't tell them I told you.) * * * That said, I have to be very … [Read more...]
You’ve got depression?!
"Hope is like a golden cord connecting you to heaven. The more you cling to this cord, the more I bear the weight of your burdens; thus you are lightened. Heaviness is not of My kingdom. Cling to hope, and My rays of Light will reach you through the darkness." (From Jesus Calling by Sarah Young) See that woman in those photos above? Yes, … [Read more...]
Jesus, take the wheel!
An Early Lenten Check-In I think that the theme of this season is being decided for me. It's "Death to Self", or, "I'm OCD to the Nth Degree and have NO Control over my Surroundings." (Take your pick. The first phrasing's probably more succinct.) Which means... I'm being called to be meek more often than not, and am being asked to smile when … [Read more...]
2015: A List of Good Things
I sound like Martha Stewart, don't I? Well, given that we're seven days into the new year...and it's a bitterly cold day here..but sunny...so yay... I wanted to share five very good things. (As opposed to, you know, five very bad things, because who really needs to be dragged down?) Granted, these are my good things...but they are entirely … [Read more...]
Post Memorial Day Musings
On What it Means to be Truly Free ~ To the dad in the check-out line at Rainbow Foods. You are why I'm writing this. ~ I really love Memorial Day. Yes, it's the start of a long overdue summer, but it's the flags & the grave markers that really get me. My life...your life...the freedom we have and take for granted... Just take a … [Read more...]
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