Where I Live

neighborhood of burned out houses

We live in one of the most depressed areas in New York State. Our closest nearby city was once named the saddest city in America.  This region isn’t only economically depressed, but it’s downtrodden in spirit. Many people gave up on life long ago. My neighborhood is buckling sidewalks and burned out buildings. My neighborhood [...]

Sunday’s Favorites {around the web} #1

must reads

This week I read some amazing blogs from all around the world. I thought I would share my favorites. Culture or Bible? by CBC Portugal Missions 31 Days to a Heart of Hospitality by Edie from Life in Grace {Loved her 31 series on hospitality.  It was my favorite series.  Now she’s offering an eBook, [...]

31 Days of Living by Faith, Day 30 – Saving Faith

31 Days of Living by Faith - Man with coffee

Today I have a very special guest, my husband. I hope you will take a few minutes to watch this video.  It is his story of saving faith. Here’s the good news. Jesus died for you and me and everybody else in this world.  Salvation from sin, reconciliation with God, is for everyone.  You don’t [...]

Hello Yummy Monday, You’re so Sunshiny!

almond silk

Hello Monday! Nice to see that you’ve brought us sunshine and summer skies.  I am more than happy to shed my sweater for a pair of shorts. Hello good morning shakes.  You’re so much better than the chocolate/banana shakes McDonald’s had this summer. You’ll need: Pure Almond Silk in Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Slices Blender [...]

Love & The Church


Today it’s all about controversy.  I’m talking about church.  Maybe you’ll agree with me, but it’s ok if you don’t.  Please understand, this post is about “church” and “church people” in general.  I’m not naming any specific denomination or peoples.  I’ve never even mentioned what kind of church I attend.  I think religion is something [...]

I laughed, I cried, I bought a Bald Eagle


So how was your weekend? My weekend seemed like a week.  I laughed.  I cried.  I offered to give my son up to be a dishwasher in the Cracker Barrel just outside of Albany.  At first the waiter laughed like I wasn’t serious.  He’s young…no children of his own yet.  He’ll understand by the time [...]

Of Mice & Banana Pudding


I stood in the kitchen and watched as the mouse in my house  boarded his wooden trap and set sail through my laundry room.  I waved Bon-Voyage and bid him farewell.  He promised to return and finish off the Ramen Noodles. If our laundry room, basement, and garage did not flood this week, I feel [...]

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 [...]

Today I…


Today I… ate a few M&M’s. Now don’t start wagging your finger in my face, because I’ve been doing really well in the food department.  I’ve eaten more oranges and bananas than the giant gorilla at our local zoo, but tonight I had to have a few M&M’s – only a few. I also went [...]

What I’m Learning about Faith

Early one sunny afternoon, a black Jeep pulled into my driveway.  I thought it was my sister-in-law.  Assuming she’d gotten out of work early, I jumped up excited over the unexpected visit and ran to the door just as a middle-aged man stepped from the Jeep.  He wore a green Albertson’s shirt.   Suspiciously I [...]