• Faith - My Camino - Travel

    these boots!

    Finally, this weekend, I found my boots. These boots! Aren’t they cute? Truth be told, cute was so extra, near to the bottom of the checklist. I needed soles to accommodate a wonky spine and tendency to pronate. Waterproof with not too high a cuff. Wide toe box, too. Quality…

  • Faith

    garage sale gleanings

    For decades, Friday and Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend has been dedicated to our community’s garage sales. All of last week we were hauling, cleaning, sorting and organizing. Ugh. Garage sales are a lot of work. We always wonder if it will be worth our effort. Every four years or…

  • Faith - Travel

    BettyB00, bears and good-byes

    We wrapped up our SOWER project at The Cove Thursday afternoon, determined to make a few more memories before heading home. One remaining must-do was Mount Mitchell, at 6,684 feet, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Temps dropped dramatically as elevation rose on the ever-winding Blue Ridge Parkway. Late…

  • Faith

    SOWERing

    People often ask about the SOWER Ministry through which we volunteer. Their first question, typically: What do you do?*  The Hubs and I are newbies (a memorable first in 2021) but the two couples filling out our team have served 100 projects or more, collectively. They assure what we’ve surmised…

  • Faith

    the seasons testify

    Driving 81S this week, the landscape is a canvas of autumn hues. Honey golds, bold oranges, fiery reds, splashed across valleys, splattered on endless ridges, scrambling up each peak; bright brushstrokes of delight. In Acts 14, Paul says the seasons are an enduring witness to a living God. Through the…

  • Faith

    the ark encounter

    There’s a lot to be said for Kentucky. Verdant, rolling hills — even as August brings the heat. Miles upon miles of stark wooden fencing; graceful thoroughbreds at pasture. Small towns and friendly people brimming with character. Lush crops in full leaf and flower, proximate to neatly tended farmsteads. In…

  • Faith

    big kids, big trips

    Have you ever struck on an idea that seemed quite brilliant … in the moment? “Surely,” you think, “This is one of my best ideas — ever!” You tell everyone who shows any interest (and some who don’t) all about it. Inevitably, perhaps much later, you realize you’ve actually got…

  • Faith - Pace of Grace

    short list for a long marriage

    It’s so much fun to share a link to a guest blog post, published by Revelation Wellness on May 8, 2023. The “Short List for a Long Marriage” was also included in the RW collection, “Resources for a Healthy & Whole Marriage,” published on May 24. It’s been a journey,…

  • Faith

    called

    Have you ever wondered about the call God has placed on your life? To be honest, I’ve spent far too much time trying to figure it out. Just me? There’ve been seasons when I thought I knew exactly what my calling was and how to proceed. But lately, not so…

  • Faith

    remembering

    In November, Pete and I celebrated forty years of marriage, a milestone that coincides with his dairy farming career. Thus we find ourselves on the cusp of a new season, in a strange form of quasi-retirement, with newfound freedoms and financial realities that thoroughly unsettle me! By God’s perfect timing,…