Without love…

I was reading a verse the other day in my Bible. It was from 1 John 4:20. “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” It is ironic,…

Small things…

You know, it is very easy to be apathetic about the world around you when you are self-involved. Maybe it is due to busy-ness, maybe it is something else. But there are a lot of times we do not get involved with the world. There is a disconnect. Somehow we have become desensitized. We let…

How My Husband’s First Mission Trip Changed MY Life

You know, if I am really honest – with anyone, really, but especially with myself – I am a very selfish person. There are things I want, things I think I need. There are things that bother me, that cause me to focus inwardly rather than out. I can act like a spoiled child at…

Sometimes there is a pause in the journey…

Let’s face it – in our culture, life┬ácan often be one big, gigantic mess of busyness. Some people are blessed to find peace, purpose, calm — and some are positively drowning in the rat race, competing with the clock to eek out some precious time to reflect, to imagine, to be. And then there are…

Cookies, cookies everywhere!

So it’s that time of year…I’m talking holiday baking. I can get through the majority of the calendar year without too many dietary no-nos or glitches…until that dangerous period of time that starts on Thanksgiving and lasts up until my vehement New Year’s resolution to do better… I really enjoy baking in general, but never…

A Handy-Dandy Kitchen Cheat Sheet!

If you’d like to find a printable version of this cheat sheet, visit the Everest kitchens page.     I found the above cheat-sheet and was so excited to include it! Lately I have really been broadening my foodie horizons in my efforts to eat a healthier, more plant-based cuisine, so I am often trying…

Volunteering…

I have to say that I am blessed to live in a community that really does go above and beyond most of the time in the area of volunteering. Having six children, there is no shortage of activities on my schedule — activities where parents are asked to step up and give of their time…

Don’t delay, start today…

I’m back, after kicking myself for getting discouraged and eating a food I KNOW makes me sick, then being sick all yesterday. But today is a new day. I don’t know what it is about Mondays — most people hate them, but some use them as a starting point for a new goal. Like, for…

Living without much structure…

I don’t know what possesses me to blog about my failures — maybe I just need to reassure myself that they are not as major as I think. Maybe it just encourages me to pick up and keep going? I don’t know — I’m still pondering that question — along with things like world peace…

Living Passionately!

Sometimes the best of intentions crumble because of other commitments, life-altering circumstances or emergencies…Not so in this case. I just plain forgot! Not that I didn’t want to keep the momentum going — for myself or for anyone else who deigns to read my humble blog — but life just was stressful and hectic, and…

A peaceful moment

I was just reflecting on some of the items I have in my home that are not the normal clutter, but that conjure up feelings of peace and relaxation. The scent of cinnamon reminds me of the cinnamon toast I indulged in as a young adult for many breakfasts or even snacks. I recall simple…