An ordinary woman with an extraordinary story


Highlights of Israel – the Western Wall

January 22, 2020

Many of you have asked me to share more about my recent trip to Israel. I am delighted to do so!  It’s an overwhelming feat to begin writing about it because I learned so much in such a short period of time. And then there’s the fact that I took over 1400 pictures!  Don’t worry, ... Read More »

Swaddling Clothes

December 24, 2019

There’s nothing sweeter than a tiny baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, nestled in my arms. When I close my eyes and imagine that moment when Joseph placed Jesus into Mary’s arms, I see her face relax, and a gentle smile grace her lips. It no longer mattered that they traveled all day on a donkey, ... Read More »

Presence or Presents

November 20, 2019

Two words have been on my mind lately: Presence and Presents. Only 35 days left! Of course, I’m thinking about Christmas. It’s time to buy presents. I always stress over finding just the right thing for each person. As nieces and nephews get older, I find it particularly difficult to come up with something creative. ... Read More »

Whose Side Are You On?

October 8, 2019

Whose side are you on? Does it matter? The answer depends on the topic! Whether you are thinking about the next football game, the next election issue, or the last family argument, makes a huge difference in the significance of the question. Several weeks ago, I began reading through the Bible again, following J’s Bible ... Read More »


August 17, 2019

Sitting cross-legged on the beach, I searched through broken seashells for a treasure. I took a long, deep breath as my new friend and I talked and laughed in the afternoon sun. This flatland Kansas girl hardly knew what to do with the beauty of the mountains and ocean in front of me. From where ... Read More »