on being a difference maker…

I began blogging eight years ago, this very month.  My original purpose was to practice writing.  My ultimate goal was a book about the years we lived in Alaska. I also wanted to be an encouraging presence... to share my love for God, family, country and maybe even generate a laugh now and then.  Pretty …

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31 Days of Aging Grace ~ Fly Boy Courage

In 5th grade he competed in the science fair. He borrowed my blow dryer.  We bought him poster board.  He scrounged some clear plastic wrap, string and yards of his favorite substance… duct tape. He hand carved a tiny plane.  He fashioned a wind tunnel. And the little plane flew. It was the most popular …

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Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Inside

Every morning, on the inside of me, I start full of hope... full of thanks... full of promises to talk to God when I think I'm slipping. And by the time dinner rolls around my heart feels cold as snow. I forgot Him.  I remembered the worries instead... created my own pain. But the good …

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Boldly Go… or Hold Back in Fear?

The parable of the talents in the Bible has always bugged me.  The end result seemed unfair...... ....a wealthy man leaves on a journey.  Before leaving he gives talents (money) to three of his servants.  Five talents to one, two to another and one to the last.  While he's gone the first two servants invest and double his …

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How I Broke My Snow Hatin’ Daddy’s Nose

During my overly imaginative childhood, I had dreams.  I planned to sing and dance my way to stardom.  If that didn't work I'd be a world-famous accordionist.  This was most likely influenced by watching too many Lawrence Welk shows ...required viewing in my parents' home. My folks thought the accordion was the safest "dream of the week" so Dad rented one and made sure I got to my weekly lesson.  Mom made …

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Courage to Stand ….. 2nd of series

I've known my husband over 43 years.  Doug is an original thinker.  He's not afraid to try the untested.  He has faults, but being wimpy is not one of them. It's one thing to sit behind a computer screen and type what you believe....it's something totally different to stand in front of people and say and/or do …

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