Desperate at the Bathroom Sink

I still remember the night…. Standing in front of our bathroom mirror. Washing my face. Thinking about the day's diagnosis. Rampant endometriosis. The likely culprit of the miscarriage two years prior. Misdiagnosis had turned into two more years of trying, waiting,...

Twins Coming Home Sweet Home

After 2 weeks of cocooning in NYC at our little place there, we packed up the rented mini van and headed south. 12 hours later, we drove in the driveway and were greeted with GIFTS, abounding gifts, gifts that can't be seen nor counted, but gifts galore. Double pink...

Many Tears

My dear friends, we have been truly overwhelmed at your outpouring of love over our amazing news of Victoria Joy and Isabella Grace. Over 10,000 have watched our video, and we keep hearing about tears flowing. Mine are too, even last night as I watched our two...

Our BIG Family News/Miracle

I've been noticeably absent on blog posts for a couple of weeks. Because frankly, we have been SPEECHLESS, and now you'll know why. Here is an inside look into our family living room as the story unfolds. Much more to come via photos, anecdotes, and miraculous side...

Tears are for Real

Our daughter-in-law Cady posted a new blog on Saturday. It is powerful and poignant, and since many have asked how they are doing, I wanted to post the link today. Cady's ability to articulate real-life gutsy anguish is in my opinion, brilliant. Going through serious...

Décor a la Ranch

You all know me, can't resist a decorating inspiration regardless of where I am in the world. One of the things I'm loving about this ranch is the natural, rustic decor. I'm not typically drawn to this type of look for my own interiors, but hey, this isn't about...

A Woman of Few Words

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address -- the inspirational and famously short speech that Lincoln predicted would not be long-remembered. In only 272 words President Lincoln was praised for reinvigorating national ideals of...

Copy and Steal Everything

It's a habit that started about 20 years ago... Attending a conference for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), we participants were all sharing best ideas and lessons learned via jobs in alumni and donor relations. One of the presenters said,...

Jealous Anyone?

Am I the only one plagued with the subtle voice saying I’m denied? Suggesting I’ve missed out, been passed over, came a minute too late to the party everyone else is attending? We have so much, you and I. So rich compared to just about anyone. Food, health, family,...

How to Evolve Your Decor Style

My daughter-in-law, Cady, and I were passing time looking at home decor magazines last week in the hospital. She was commenting on my decor style and I told her how it has evolved over time. I’ve enjoyed watching both Cady and our daughter-in-law Ailsa, create...

The Tension of Dreaming Big Yet Being Content

I got an email a few days ago that captured a common question. A friend wrote…. I know God has put certain desires in my heart, but also has placed me here in this season for a reason. At times it can be challenging to live in the now, learning practical things and...

I Just Don’t Get It

Ahhh the number of times I've said this! If ONLY I could figure out WHAT's going on and WHY, I could deal with it. But this not knowing and understanding, ugh!  Anyone relate? So many situations in life start out with what feels like only a sneak peek, maybe a trailer...

Stop and Smell the Achievement

I was quite excited yesterday when my publisher sent the link to the new updated edition of my book, Remember the Roses, now available on Kindle (printed copies available in just a few more days!) This new edition includes a redesigned cover and discussion questions...

Tough Choices

Monday night at our Love Your Life event in NYC, Tanea Smith shared about her decision to quit watching TV. This mother of two works full-time AND has built an incredible stationary company called, She's Got Papers, so clearly she's faced tough choices on a daily...

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