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Giving Thanks To You All

We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you..." Colossians 1:3


I was thinking last night about all the many things I am so very grateful for and how it is a wonderful thing to have a day designated for thanks. Not that we shouldn't be thankful all year long but I think it keeps us mindful.

I also think of the bounty that we enjoy with whatever meal we prepare. I am a history nerd, buff, whatever you want to call it. So I have studied a lot about the Mayflower etc. I appreciate their passion for wanting to worship freely and leave a country that took away their freedoms. They had left England and gone elsewhere only to decide they needed to go to the new world. One ship needed repairs and couldn't go so only the Mayflower went with a mixed group of people.

Times were tough and only 1 out of 7 survived. They had made friends with some indians who lived nearby and went on a hunt. They caught 2 deer and many fowl. They decided to add th…
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Aha Moment

Do you feel sometimes that something just flies over your head even though you've read it dozens of times?

But then, when you do actually have that "aha" moment, it is the perfect time because it is when you need it most. 
Last week I was sitting on my sofa with other friends from our small group Bible study. We are watching a video series. There was an epigraph of Ephesians 6:19. I read it and thought of all the speaking engagements I have coming up and the verse just hit me between the eyes. I am going to give you the passage with verses 18-20, "With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."



Whoa! So awesome. I t…

The Book Is Out!

The past few months have been a blur of getting the book to print, having summer fun with grandkids and travel. I love summer! It is my favorite season. I am an outside girl so exploring nature, outdoor BBQs and playing in water with kids are favorite things. I am also looking forward to fall and the gorgeous colors. Here in Idaho it is still warm and lovely. Matter of fact, I think that October is our prettiest month.


Two months ago we had three generations of our family all go camping in Glacier National Park together. 4 campsites, many hikes to lakes, waterfalls and glaciers, late night talks, dutch oven cooking, bears, moose and giggles with children. I feel so fortunate to be able to spend such time with family.

And now back to reality. Summer is over and there are still a few adventures to be had but I have a book that was just released!!! It seemed so far in the future for so long. All the hard work and help from so many wonderful team mates.

I have been setting up speaking eng…

Slaying Goliath

David slays Goliath. One of the very favorite Sunday school stories for kids. I am sure there were some great flannel graphs for this. What kid wouldn't want to hear a story of a young lad killing a giant with a sling shot?! I did not go to church when I was young but even I had heard the story.


Now, as an adult, having read through the book of 1 Samuel a few times (it is a fav), I read through that story and think its great, yeah but the other night I was reading and other aspects of the story really hit me. In chapter 16 the Lord tells Samuel to go to Bethlehem, that he has chosen one of Jesse's sons to be king over Israel. Samuel looks at the oldest and thinks he is the one but then the Lord says in verse 7, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Now David was the youngest of Jesse's sons and a shepherd.…

Did I Mention Food?

Writing a book on Hospitality encompasses far more than I ever thought it would. I mean I began with the idea that we should all invite others into our home and make them feel welcome. Like they can come any time and put their feet up and have no worries. I wanted to convey somehow that we can also be helpful to our neighbors and friends especially in a time of need.

       So I began writing. I had my chapters planned. HA. I had no idea what this project would entail. I decided that it would be a good idea to add a few recipes and home ideas to help people who struggle with having people over. Maybe it would make them more at ease inviting people. Wow, it just exploded. The more things I added...the more I wanted to add. Now there are over 35 recipes, how to's, testimonies of people telling how others helped them in hard times and quotes and Bible verses encouraging us to show hospitality to those around us.


       The photography for such a project has been amazing. I hav…

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Yesterday was an interesting travel day. I am attending a conference in the lovely Pocano Mountains in Pennsylvania. My husband was asking why they would have it in PA in January. I think he was hoping for warm weather. That is partly because we are from the west and the mountains are big and the passes are more difficult. It was an easy drive on highway the entire way though and the mountains are more like hills. You are gradually climbing. I kept thinking how gorgeous it must be in the fall with all the colorful leaves on the many, many trees.

My husband, Craig was returning from a business trip and was going to meet me at Newark airport. His flight would get in about an hour before mine and then he would be able to come with me. Yay!

I got up at 4am Boise time and went to the airport and had no issues getting on my flight. I benefit from Craig's air miles and am a lifetime 1K so I am able to get on the plane first. I got on the plane, found my seat and put my briefcase in the …