After the past few weeks of go-go-go, all around the time of my mom’s passing, I am ready to indulge.
Using a Mommy coupon from Christmas that came with some lotions, I am about to get a lovely foot rub from my youngest daughter.

Sometimes I feel a little cruel, but she made the coupons!

Do you enjoy a little pampering at home, or do you feel too self indulgent?


Gardening: infusion therapy for stress, anxiety, and disease

Infusion therapy:  the delivery of drugs directly into the bloodstream via a vein, usually located in the arm or hand

My infusion therapy tools are my HOE and my SHOVEL!

This has been the style of my garden for the past several years. It has been a great source of pride and produce for our family!

Though the kids hated to weed it, they couldn’t wait to plant it and eat the benefits! So weed, they did…

This year, we are trying something different. It feels so strange, but we are trying square foot gardening!  Huge change! It takes up SO much less space than we ever used before, and it seems SO crazy.  My husband is the least in favor of this new set up. Even though we have owned Mel’s book for YEARS and he has read it twice, he is still a quite skeptical about this whole thing! Honestly, I’m a little shaky, too.

This is a picture of the new set up:

But we are hoping for the best and having fun with the experimentation. I just hope the plants cooperate, because I have some BIG plans for canning and freezing and EATING our veggies! And yes, we have the same number of tomatoes this year as last year… and MORE than the previous year’s numbers of cukes AND peppers!  I swear!

Well, I certainly can’t talk about weight loss, since I battle (okay, IGNORE) my weight problem daily. However, I can talk about eating yummy foods that are good for you and finding a hobby that is, too!

  • Did you know that increasing your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by 3 (just adding 3 to the fruit and veggies you already eat) can decrease your chance of stroke by 22 % ?

  • Did you know that just being in a garden is so restorative that medical personal are experimenting with therapy gardens in nursing homes for patient’s with Alzheimer’s?

  • Did you know that “leisure in green environments provides feelings of relaxation, autonomy and competition, and makes people open for reflection”? (source)

  • Working together with your family (or friends) on a gardening project helps you to become closer group and helps people to communicate better (source, p48).

Happy Ho-ing!!  😉

The Lord will guide you always;
         he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land 
        and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden, 
       like a spring whose waters never fail.

                                             Isaiah 58:11

On this Monday, may you…

On this Monday, may you be lifted up by God’s word, and feel Him as He dances with you through your day.

May you enjoy interesting work.

May your family, friends, and coworkers be engaging & supportive.

And May You be EVIDENT about your FAITH…



All of these photos are free for use from Microsoft

Prayer Request

Have you ever felt someone’s pain so palpably that you hurt for them? Felt their pain to the point where you were sick on their behalf? Nauseated and sorrowful even when the painful issue doesn’t have anything to do with you?

I would like to ask tonight for some prayer for a dear friend in my life, who is seriously in need of God’s strength, healing, and intervention. I don’t know how many people are reading this but it makes me feel good to think that even one person might read this and take this to heart.

My dear friend loves God and wants to follow God’s word, so that isn’t the problem. The problem is dealing with an issue that is outside of their control.

The funny thing is that in our pain, we sometimes don’t hear God speaking to us, so sometimes I wonder if God hasn’t already presented a solution to this pain, and we haven’t seen or heard it. But that irony is only tolerated well when the pain isn’t as challenging as it is today.

Please pray.  Thank you so much.


No Crutches!

My husband had knee surgery today.  He had the same surgery 15 years ago and they told him at that time that he would probably need a total knee replacement at some point.  Today was NOT that procedure, but when he awoke from the anesthesia, the doctor showed him some before and after pictures and talked about what he found. Apparently the previous doctor was right.  My husband’s knee looks like someone took a bite out of it!

But do you think he would use the crutches they recommended when I got him home?  No, he wouldn’t. He has always been like this – taking on more than he should, taking help from no one, not even God.

But the difference today is that for the first time in his life he is accepting that GOD is in charge, and that he as the provider to our family CAN trust God to take care of us.

He has been in a very difficult position at work for the past 11 months, and prior to that he was already considering leaving his profession.  Because of this, you would think leaving a job would be easy, but it is SCARY.

He has actually wanted to switch professions for years, but he was so afraid to trust in God to ensure our future.

But a year and a half ago we found a church, and began to recommit ourselves to the Lord, and school ourselves in His word, and…wait for it… we no longer need a psychological crutch, or the crutch of staying in a rotten job, because we have Jesus.

My husband has been talking about this peace he has been feeling for months. Sorry for the obvious, but I am just so excited about seeing this joy in the Lord in my husband, and hearing him talk about it.  He even awoke from his anesthesia talking about it!

I wish you the same!

Backup & Recovery: Create a Restore Point

Some days it is oh, so easy to feel like you are living your faith.  God is foremost in your mind and you are careful and attentive to your studies, and to pointing your actions and words in His direction.

Sundays are usually like that for me.  I cannot wait to get to church Sunday mornings, even if I don’t speak to a soul there all morning, the act of reflection and prayer sets the compass for my week.

Well, at least it creates a restore point.

This Sunday’s sermon was all about how we need those still moments to commune with God, to rest with God, and to gather strength from God – through prayer.  It was pointed out that Jesus often stepped away in order to retreat from the crowds, and what He did during this time of retreat was pray.  And that stepping back to pray was not even just recovering from what had gone on in the past, but was restoration for the future.  Prayer is restorative, and God’s strength flows into those who pray, arming them for the next leg of their journey.

So, after Sunday, comes the week.  The week during which you are running in so many directions, socializing with so many different people, that you can forget where you even WANT your focus to be!  And this is yet another reason why it is so important to have that prayer time with the Lord, separate from the world. Because when life’s challenges come, we need to be able to hit that pause button and find our restore point.

And the more frequently that restore point is set, the easier it is to pause and find our focus!

Psalm 23: 1-3

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.

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Thankfulness in Everything

Julia* received the phone call in the middle of the afternoon on New Year’s Day. Her husband Bob* had been in a motorcycle accident.

It was a beautiful day for the start of the new year, warm for the season, and full of sunshine.  Bob had gone out for a motorcycle ride with friends, and Julia had stayed home.  A young woman driving a car had run a red light and hit Bob while he was riding his motorcycle.  Bob sustained terrible injuries. He was a strong, healthy, and fit 60 year old man and now he was fighting for his life in the ICU.  A few days after the accident, Julia was called at home by the doctors, who told her to gather the family, because they feared death was immanent.   The family gathered at the hospital, but Bob pulled through. He was fighting for his life, but he had passed the worst of it.

Repeatedly, just when things looked a little better, something would set him back. Internal bleeding, breathing problems, you name it, Bob was dealing with it.  He had a number of surgeries and a number of setbacks, and he would have to learn to walk again.  Even talking was a challenge with the injuries to his face.  Fortunately he didn’t seem to have any brain damage.

Two weeks into his stay in the ICU, he was released to a recovery ward, and his family and church friends felt they could begin to breathe easier for Bob.  Every hurdle he passed was a praise – moving to the recovery ward was an Event!  But it was at this time that two of his doctors came in to speak with Bob and Julia. Read the rest of this entry »