Good Friday

Good Friday - An Old Rugged Cross

When I was a kid, I took piano lessons in school, even though I didn’t have a piano at home.  You can imagine how great my practice sessions were without a piano. One Christmas, I somehow talked my grandparents into buying an electric piano for me to practice on. Don’t you just love how grandparents [...]

Walking in The Rain

When Going Means Walking in The Rain - a faith story

This story first appeared one year and one day ago on Flower Patch FarmGirl’s blog, one of my very favorite blogs.   I was her guest and I wrote my story in a tone that would fit the style of her blog.  So while it may not sound like me writing, it most certainly is [...]

How I Nearly Killed A Missionary

God's Got My Bakc - The Story about How I Almost Killed a Missionary

Did I ever tell you about the time I poisoned a missionary? No? Funny how some things just slip my mind. Till this day, I don’t feel bad about it.  He was pretty merciless with me.  Picked on me constantly, even though he and his sweet family were staying in our house, the Maine house. [...]

Give with Abandon

Give with abandon from a heart filled with thanks @thedomesticfringe.com. Find out how you can change your world.

I’m one of those people who plow through life stuck in my own little world.  Without a doubt, there will be one who says it’s not true, it can’t be.  Sadly it is.  Each day I walk by people I never see. Too often I’m consumed with the thirty things going on in my head.  [...]

Once Portugal Bound, Now America Bound

Michael & Nina Andrzejewski

I am 50% Portuguese, the child of a Portugal born truck driver.  My dad came to America when he was a teenager, old enough to retain an accent and thoroughly confuse American sayings.  On occasion he’d slip from English into Portuguese all in the same sentence, Ricky Riccardo style. He drove a milk truck and a limousine.  I truly [...]

Love is An Action Word

Love is An Action Word @ The Domestic Fringe

Tonight my daughter told me that her friend is going to be evicted from her home.  This girl’s parents don’t have the money for their apartment anymore.  If they can’t find someplace to go, they are going to send this little girl to live with her grandfather in Tennessee. Then my daughter asked if she [...]

Amazing Grace

Last night was a sad night at church. When tragedy strikes in a small group, it’s different from when you have a thousand or even a hundred people.  It’s all-consuming.  It demands attention, not only from a few, but from all. Saturday night, a young mama fed and rocked her infant and then that little [...]

Morality vs. Righteousness

Morality vs. True Righteousness - The clear difference shown from a Biblical perspective

Today I am going to attempt to show the difference between morality and righteousness. Why, you ask? Well, I did this exercise as part of a lesson in the Bible study Chase by Jennie Allen. She asked what the difference is between morality and true righteousness. I’ll be honest with you.  I don’t wake up [...]

Give it to God. What does that really mean?

Christian Cliches: What does it mean to "Give it to God"?

    We church people love cliches. It’s true.  We’ve got our own vernacular going and when you decide you want in, we are happy to teach you our lingo. I’m pretty much convinced we say some things and don’t even really know what they mean.  True story. Today we’re going to pick apart something [...]

Living with Open Hands

Love fiercely but loosely. Don't hang on too tight.

    This world – these words and family and fun times – I’ve been hanging on too tight. I say “We only have this one chance, this one life.” I don’t want to waste it, to do too little, experience less than I could, but really, it’s only a drop in the bucket, as [...]

I’m Flower Patch Farmgirl’s Guest

park bench Domestic Fringe

Please don’t faint on me, but I am a guest over at Shannan’s place, Flower Patch Farmgirl. I’m writing something completely different, sharing a part of my story I don’t normally talk about on my blog. I have a hard time seeing the boundaries and knowing what is good to write and what is better [...]

Pay it Forward

lake on a sunny day

About seven or eight weeks ago, before we left on our long trip, one of my husband’s customers went to an Amish auction and stopped by our house to share his haul with us.  We tend to develop friendships with many of my husband’s customers.  No reason you cannot be friends with the people at [...]

Hope Lives Here

Cancer Sucks, but there is always hope

This weekend we went into the city to see my uncle.  While he is being treated for throat cancer, he is staying in The Hope Lodge, a residential facility run by The American Cancer Association.  It’s a place for cancer patients and their families to live during treatment.  It is close to the major hospitals [...]

My Meeting with an Angelic Serial Killer

Shared on Facebook by thisblessednest.blogspot.com, via Pintrest.

One day last week when the sun was shining, I poured a glass of lemonade and headed outside with my two kids.  Public school was still in session, so the neighborhood was moderately peaceful.  The older woman across the street just brought her two yapping, fluffy balls of fur inside.  The neighbors on either side [...]

My Plea to The Church

It’s ok when a woman’s unkindness affects me, but it’s intolerable when my children are hurt.

  This post is not a rant, but it is my heart splayed open across a blank page.  It is what I have lived and hated.  These things leave me scratching my head, my heart hurting.  These are the things that turn our children away from church.  They make women’s hearts grow hard.  They hurt [...]

Tossed Like a Load of Dirty Socks in The Spin Cycle

chrissy flying flower

I’ve been feeling a nudge lately and uncharacteristically decided to pay attention before the whopping kick in the backside.  Sometimes it’s the “still small voice” that penetrates my fog, but more often than not, getting my attention requires sky writing from the finger of God himself. I’m thick like that. In the beginning of the [...]