Without the Storms


Without the clouds, there’d be no storm!

We’ve weathered many storms, hubby and me. None were welcome. All brought blessings beyond anything we could ever have imagined.

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Without the lingering storm clouds, we’d miss the color of sunrise

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And the beauty of sunset.


Or the glorious beauty of the cross.


Today is our oldest daughter’s birthday. And she is celebrating with Jesus.

And today I’m reminded once again, that without the storms


There’d be no rainbows.

And the rainbow assures me that one day…one day very soon…there will be no more storms!

Then!  Then we will celebrate all the birthdays we’ve missed!!

Happy Birthday, Tamara Jill!!


Tell Me a Story

Tucked away in the hills


and along country roads


are stories to be told…

if only walls could talk.

Stories of love and life,


heartache and death,

success and failure,

but all need to be penned.

Oh, that I might one day be still

long enough to listen and record.


Before I, too, become too old.





Sometimes There Are No Words

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I’m a writer.

I even do a workshop titled “Color Me a Story”

using colors as a way to create your characters.

But then, God comes along, and reminds me that

His character is so awesome, so magnificent, so beautiful

that words fail.

Then, because He is so faithful

He reminds me that all He wants is for me to


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Granddaughter #1 sent me these pictures, taken on her way home from Council Grove to Wichita last night. What a blessing!!


But I Know Her Heart!

I went to the post office this morning.

Big deal, you say! But in a whole lot of ways

this morning was a gift, and it was a big deal

to me.

The postal worker I most often see there always has a smile,

never seems to get frustrated no matter how many are in line

and has helped me find the most efficient way to send my books.

SO–this morning I decided to give her a copy of Robin.

She said, “This is  really interesting because just this weekend

I was wishing I had a good book to read.”

That led to her questions about my writing.

And that led to deeper conversation.

Long story short–we discovered we have both lost children.

And that led to sharing even deeper, and tears and a ‘knowing’

that only comes through shared experiences.

I know that our meetings from now on will be on

an entirely different level, deeper, more personal.

And she no longer will be a just the nice lady at

the post office.

Because, now she’s a kindred spirit.

I don’t even know her name, but

I know her heart!







It’s a Small, Small World!

In some ways, this is a hard post to write.

In other ways, it’s such a blessing.

It’s long, so choose now to read or not!

In the fall of 1979, we sent out oldest daughter, Tammy, off to college. Not such a big deal to some, but for us it was huge. This daughter was in a wheelchair, and had to sleep with a respirator at night to keep her CO2 level from building to the point she would quit breathing.  PLUS–the college was 1500 miles away in Portland, Oregon.

But you see, this daughter had prayed, sent feelers to different Christian colleges, and constantly reminded us that she was safer that far from home if it was God’s will for her, than to stay close to home and play it safe.

Bob and I drove those miles first. I suppose, in a way, to confirm in our own hearts that this idea was ridiculous. But God had prepared the way–and why were we so surprised? The school, known then as Multnomah School of the Bible, had at one time been a school for the blind. Thus, ramps everywhere. And because the school was approved by the VA, where there weren’t already ramps, they were being built. Add to that the fact they gave her a scholarship, and allowed for her very good friend Bonnie to accompany her. We paid room and board for Bonnie, and the school allowed her to audit all classes free of charge.

It was a great year for Tammy, perhaps one of her healthiest years after so many health crises. Tammy stayed home that next year after being promised by a doctor that the incurable neuromuscular disease that both she and her younger sister, Lori, had, may not be that at all–and there was hope and promises and more promises than never came to fruition.

I won’t go into a great lot of detail, only to relay this information. Our Lori died in 1985. She was 23 years old. And Tammy died in 1994, at age 34. Words can’t describe how much we miss them. So I won’t even try.

Fast forward to this past July, 2016:

Our youngest son and daughter-in-law and family traveled to Oregon for a family wedding. And while there attended the church of the relative they were visiting. To make an even longer story short–the pastor of this very church had also attended Multnomah School of the Bible, and remembered our Tammy. In fact, had often helped her in various ways.

There is something incredibly comforting to know your child is remembered when they are no longer on this earth. Parents don’t forget. Siblings don’t forget. Even good friends still remember. But to realize that someone from so long ago, so many miles away—plus the fact their paths never crossed again after that year—still remembers, is a balm to hearts that still miss her so very much.

Pastor Jim Jamison, I have no idea if you will ever see this, but thank you so very much for sharing the article and pictures, and most of all for sharing your heart with Tammy’s brother.









Comp’ny comin’!!

When I was growing up, Saturday was house-cleaning day, cause

Comp’ny was comin’ on Sunday!

We’d clean, and bake and kill a chicken or two

And if, by chance, we got invited somewhere else

We’d still clean, and bake and offer to take the baked goodies with us

Cause, that’s just what ya did.

Seems different now

What with all our labor saving devices

We no longer have time for such thing as

Comp’ny comin’.

Leastwise, not without planning and planning

and maybe even painting or hangin’ new curtains.

I have a picture hanging right by my chair.

You can tell it was stitched up a long time ago

Cause it tells neighbors when they are welcome!

Which is pretty much all the time.

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Lord, make me a woman given to hospitality.

Not just on Sunday, when I’ve cleaned and baked

and killed a chicken or two.

But anytime. Anytime you deem it proper for

My day, which is really Your day!


Allow Them To Bloom…

Where They Are Planted!!

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Whether in a crowd


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Or alone

The bottom line is…to stay rooted.

And I do my children, or other acquaintances, a huge disservice

When I use prayer and/or persuasion

In an attempt to pluck them

Then plunk them into

A container which I deem

More appropriate than

Where their Maker has ordered.

He is, after all, God

And I am not!

Therefore, it behooves me to

pray, and allow to them


Where they are planted.


Lessons From a Dandelion

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Hate it, stomp on it, try to dig it out:  It sends its roots even deeper

Mow it off: And the next morning it’s back, smiling, bringing friends to greet your day.

It has no ovaries: It merely reproduces because that’s what it was meant to do.

Always available, it welcomes the hands of a small child, knowing that even should it be plucked from its moorings, it will bring joy to that child, and a smile to the child’s mama.

And when it grows old—

AHH! When only a fuzzy white head appears where once was the bloom of youth

The winds of adversity, or even the puff of tiny lips, will scatter the seed the heart of the plant produced.

And more will come, more will bloom, more will send roots deeper and deeper

Because it was content to be what God created it to be, and do what it was created to do.

Oh! That I should be so faithful!!


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From My Window

It’s a misty, moisty morning here in our wee cove.

The kind of morning that begs you to just sit and listen—

A gentle rain peppers our tin roof…

A wren trills for her mate…

In the distance there’s a low rumble of thunder…the remnant of an early storm.

It’s the kind of stillness one wishes they could bottle

Like a fine perfume.

And bring out later, to dab behind the ears—when one hears grumbling

Or on one’s wrist—when busyness threatens to steal the day.

Even to spray in the air—to sweeten the odor of conflict and discord.

As I write this, a cardinal is calling in the timber.

Cardinals have long been my God Speak

So I will listen

Listen , this time, to what He wants to say to me.


Teach me, Lord, to Be Still

So even when the storms rage

I will hear the sweetness of Your voice

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