blessings · family-scrapbook

Time Away and Two Hearts Inn

In October, our church graciously showered us with love for “Pastor Appreciation Month”. It was quite an unexpected surprise. We feel loved by our church family each and every time we see them, but this was certainly a blessing. One family gave me and Terry a gift certificate to spend a night away at the… Continue reading Time Away and Two Hearts Inn


It’s the Thought That Counts

On Thursday, March 3, my youngest child, Matthew, started running a high fever. On that same day, Lauren began having very bad cold symptoms. We took Matt to the doctor and found out that he had an ear infection. Lauren, we thought, was improving, but it was a temporary improvement. Pretty soon after that, the… Continue reading It’s the Thought That Counts

blessings · poetry

How Welcome is the Rain

Leslie is memorizing her final poem for the year. It has been very appropriate for these rainy, dreary days we’ve had lately. It’s called “Rain in Summer” by Longfellow. When you’re smack dab in the middle of a major drought, this poem holds a special meaning. I don’t usually photograph rain, but I did today.… Continue reading How Welcome is the Rain

blessings · family news · home improvement

Our New Bathroom

My husband purchased our home over a year ago. Terry toured it, but I never did. I only saw photos. We could tell from the pictures online that the master bathroom would need some work. Terry’s visit confirmed it. But everything in it worked, so we went ahead and bought the house. Terry said, “We… Continue reading Our New Bathroom


Three Little Things: Gifts from God

This morning during my quiet time, I pondered the many wonderful gifts that God has given us. Whether saved or unsaved,  we all enjoy these three little things: 1. Music Christians use this wonderful gift to return praise to our Savior. The unsaved use it to wake up,  celebrate or even deal with grief. The most… Continue reading Three Little Things: Gifts from God


Rainbows and Mockingbirds

Well, it’s been a busy two weeks. Crazy, in fact. But today, I saw this beautiful rainbow. Then, a lovely mockingbird stopped by and sang a few notes on my front porch railing. I didn’t get a photo of the bird, because he was only there for a bit. I did manage to quickly snap… Continue reading Rainbows and Mockingbirds


I Prayed for a New Purse

I suppose it’s kinda silly. I was steering my cart through Walmart last April and passed the purses. I really needed a new one, but I didn’t want to spend the money on one. Not only that, but I always seem to pick the lowest quality of purses whenever I buy one, so it wears… Continue reading I Prayed for a New Purse

blessings · family-scrapbook-Laci · winter

I Slept Through the Winter Games

I was just outside photographing a few wintry scenes in my yard. We are getting more snow as I type! I love the snow! I grew up in the south where it rarely made an appearance. I suppose you have to have that background to truly appreciate snow – even a dusting! – as much… Continue reading I Slept Through the Winter Games

blessings · family-scrapbook

The Lord’s Protection

As I was working last Tuesday, I heard a loud cracking sound outside. I then heard yelling children. Lauren said, “I’m so glad Matthew was over by the swing!” I looked out the window of my bathroom and saw the large tree limb that had fallen. It was a dead limb, left over from the… Continue reading The Lord’s Protection