Before I get started, I wanted to mention that at 1 p.m. today, I will have an endoscopy under sedation due to a recent IBS diagnosis and some ongoing issues.

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Since the Super Bowl is right around the corner, I thought I would give the Carolina Panthers a little shout out in celebration of their second time in the Super Bowl.

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A Sigh of Peace

February 1, 2016 — 32 Comments

Steve and I are on the road to Georgia today for part three of a four-part leadership conference we are attending over the course of a year. Continue Reading…

Leaf Smiles

January 29, 2016 — 9 Comments

Today is all about pictures!

I want to start with something I created in a cool online program called Slate  It is so easy to use that if you have your pictures chosen ahead of time, you can put together a presentation similar to what I did below in less than ten minutes. It looks great and can be used for school, business or photography presentations.  (Plus, it’s free, which is my favorite price point.)

This contains some of my favorite pictures of Nathan and Meagan.  As we were doing the photo shoot, the two of them spontaneously launched into a dramatic, pretend ballet which was hysterical.  I can’t keep from smiling every time I see those sweet and quirky photos.

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January 25, 2016 — 57 Comments

I originally started the post below last fall and meant to post it back then. But it actually turned into a post-in-progress, meaning I came back to it several times over the course of several months and finally ended up finishing it today. I decided to go ahead and post it now, even though the fall season has passed. It’s one of my introspective posts, the kind that brings me both tears and smiles.

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Family Photo Shoot(less)

January 22, 2016 — 28 Comments

After Nathan and Meagan left for Florida after Christmas, it occurred to me to that we had never gotten around to doing a family photo shoot. But with 6 out of 7 of us sick most of the visit, the time just never seemed right (nor the energy level high enough) to put something together. And so we ended up being Family Photo Shootl(less).

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A (Temporary) Vegetarian

January 18, 2016 — 51 Comments

Note: There are two vegetarian recipes included in this post and you’ll find more delicious reader-submitted recipes in the comments section.

Each January, our church does a 21-Day Prayer and Fasting Emphasis.

Everyone who wants to be involved commits to spending extra time in prayer, Bible reading, and devotional reading; in addition, we are all encouraged to fast in some way–meals, Facebook, desserts, TV, meat, favorite activities, etc., as a way of fostering.spiritual and personal growth

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The Face of the Future

January 15, 2016 — 18 Comments

Okay, so I lied. (Or at least, I inadvertently led you down a path of misinformation.)

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