giving grace.

Both my daughter and my son are having a full and stress filled week. A VERY full and stress filled week. Sleep is going to come at a premium. It's "tech week" for a show PinkGirl is teching. She's not performing in this show. She's one of the people wearing all black who works behind … Continue reading giving grace.

the home project that never ends: the gameroom.

If you missed the living room makeover, CLICK HERE  to see part one photos and CLICK HERE to see part two photos. After the living room floor was down, we continued through the opening into - what would be for normal people, the formal dining room - but for us is the game room, (or … Continue reading the home project that never ends: the gameroom.

The lying tempter would persuade.

Maybe it's the chaos in my house. or the chaos of the last year and a half. or the abundance of time I've had to think about the chaos of the last year and a half while I'm attending to the mindless task of shoveling the chaos in my house... maybe I'm just tired. or … Continue reading The lying tempter would persuade.

the living room makeover. the library.

If you missed Part I and Part II of this living room makeover, CLICK HERE and HERE to see those photos. This weekend, we're installing baseboard in the game room, and hopefully we'll reload all the furniture in that room and finish laying the new flooring in the kitchen. But this is what we did … Continue reading the living room makeover. the library.

the living room makeover. during and after

If you missed Part I of this living room makeover, CLICK HERE to see those photos. Here's the last photo from the first post: (the grey is the moisture barrier) While I waited for the flooring to ship (delayed due to the snow and ice), I did some painting and we made few small changes: … Continue reading the living room makeover. during and after

the living room makeover. before and during.

[First things first. FirstHusband's name has been officially changed to "FAVORITEHusband" for the next few weeks. probably longer. This post would not exist if it weren't for his tireless and good natured hard work. and his math skills and his freakishly (and sometimes frustrating) attention to detail.] I forgot to take a picture of the … Continue reading the living room makeover. before and during.

the positive impact of negative feedback.

I've known for a very long time that I'm different. Not "better" different. Because, really, "better" is relative. Better than what? The comparisons are limitless. and I'm thinking at least 50% of them wouldn't be pretty. "Different" can imply too much trouble. too much work. weird. tiresome. exasperating. I don't deny those adjectives. They're not … Continue reading the positive impact of negative feedback.

the donkey is busy.

It's taken me months to nail down the problem. WHY did I shut down after publishing my "Christ-centered church" series? I couldn't even think about public speaking. In most interpersonal conversations, I didn't go near a discussion about faith. I couldn't write a word in "my" book. I couldn't even open the document. Anything I … Continue reading the donkey is busy.

idences.

specifically, providence and coincidence. providence: capitalized : God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny coincidence: the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection I can't ever remember believing in coincidences. My husband on the other hand, is a big believer in them. … Continue reading idences.

the dark night.

and no. I'm not talking about Holy DARK KNIGHT, Batman. I had never even heard about the dark night until I started reading about finding joy and delight in God, spiritual dryness, spiritual darkness and the silence of God. I first stumbled upon the term while reading "Prayer" by Philip Yancey. He said: "I take … Continue reading the dark night.