Our new, noisy Labradoodle, Bandit

Our new, noisy Labradoodle, Bandit

Hello, again!  It’s been silent here for the last 3 months.  Honestly, I was plumb out of words!  The weeks leading up to the holidays and those after are notoriously crazy and noisy. For you, too?  Post-crazy, I needed to be quiet.  Silent. And listen to the “shhhh-ing” inside. The noise of my life had become so loud.

I love order and calmness and quiet. But, I live in a world in which there are only small doses of order, few moments of calmness, and very much anti-quiet.

There is nothing calm about Read More →

Halloween 2012

Happy Halloween and end of October!

All my life, I’ve pushed to be the best: the MVP, the high-point scorer, the Homecoming Queen, the President of the Student Body, the bible study teacher, the History Department Head, the Account Team Manager.

I’ve pushed and I’ve pressed to keep climbing the ladder, to be #1, to not be satisfied with anything but the tops.

Because, you know… being the best equals worth and validates all my hard work and effort. Read More →

give, conversationalist

Photo Credit: © Hessa via Compfight cc Design: Amy Ruth

I’ve loved your responses and extended conversations about… conversations! Indeed, it is a valuable topic to discuss and to learn more about. Just a few weeks ago, we unfolded that a great conversationalist:

Listens & responds IN LOVE.

Pauses to pray.

Here’s another to add to our list:

A great conversationalist GIVES without expectation of return.

More specifically…gives COMPLIMENTS w/o expectation of return.  Read More →

i don't need help

“I don’t need help!”

One of the most humbly ways to live small is to accept help.

Just yesterday, I was having a rough one. My sweet girlfriend could tell I was in dire need, and she offered to bring over dinner. I graciously responded with “No, thank you. I’m putting chicken in.” (you know, it was on the menu board ; )

Although, not having to cook would be delightful. Read More →