Guest post! Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory: The Only Failure Worth Fearing

( Please welcome my friends Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory to the blog today! Overwhelmed is their new project, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy digging in and finding hope and help for not just “those days” but all days.;)   February 1 was when I started hating myself.  As an… Read more“Guest post! Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory: The Only Failure Worth Fearing”

It’s still, a wonderful life. Cancer loses. Even if it wins.

You know the scene. George Bailey is stressed beyond his breaking point. After an encounter with an angel shows him just how much of an impact he’s made in the world, he finally heads home to face whatever comes. When he does, he’s welcomed and surrounded by friends, coworkers and… Read more“It’s still, a wonderful life. Cancer loses. Even if it wins.”

Dear Mom Still in Line Waiting to See Santa: 

I know. It’s on the “list.” The list of things that must be done between laundry loads, diaper changers and toddler tantrums. I know you picked just the right outfits. I know you are armed with enough toys, snacks and wipes to save a village of wolf raised children from… Read more“Dear Mom Still in Line Waiting to See Santa: “

Eye level. Cancer and Shrinkage. 

5′ 11 1/2″  That’s how tall the man I married was. 5’5″ that’s how tall my favorite person is now. (Same guy. Just the “cancer is crushing his spine” version.) (Please note: maxi dress was billowing. I’m fluffy. But, not that much. This is the family pic we take every… Read more“Eye level. Cancer and Shrinkage. “

“C” Is for Christmas, Cancer and Crazy, Coincidence? I think, not.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or, not. One thing I hate about cancer- is that it tries to steal more than health. Cancer has the audacity of a gangster, out to steal everything. Joy. Fun. Health. Life. Expectations. Normalcy. And yes. Christmas. Cancer is the ultimate Grinch…. Read more““C” Is for Christmas, Cancer and Crazy, Coincidence? I think, not.”

Oh, Elf To The No. Confession: There is no Elf on my Shelf.

Confession: There is no Elf on my shelf. Just: dust. Well, dust with a garland of cat hair. The pics are not worth “pinning.” I’m okay with that. Don’t panic if your shelf is adorned by an elf. I’m not judging. (Unless, you buy it outfits and dress it like… Read more“Oh, Elf To The No. Confession: There is no Elf on my Shelf.”

WE are Still America. 

The election is winding down. Finally. Hopefully, so will all the horrible arguing, name calling and divisiveness.  Not just by our candidates. By US.  Here’s the thing: WE are still America.  All of us. The rich, the poor, the humble, the proud. Immigrants, native Americans, black, white, Asian, Muslim, Lebanese,… Read more“WE are Still America. “

Christianity is NOT a Reality TV Show. We do NOT get to vote people off Christ Island.

Not Christian leaders we disagree with. Not people we don’t like.Not because of politics. Not because of doctrinal issues. Not because of skin color. Not because of country or family of origin. Not because of a sin issue. (We’d all be voted off.) Not because you drink wine or have… Read more“Christianity is NOT a Reality TV Show. We do NOT get to vote people off Christ Island.”

From Fear to Wonder Opening my eyes to the stars in the darkest nights

The light switch in my childhood room was by the door. My bed was all the way across the room. I was so afraid of the dark that I’d close my eyes before turning out the lights and walking across the room like I was playing some game from the… Read more“From Fear to Wonder Opening my eyes to the stars in the darkest nights”

A few of my best worst decisions…… 

I make bad decisions. At least Decisions that wouldn’t hold up to a pros and cons balance sheet test. Like getting married and having kids young. Like staying home when we could have really used a second income. (See above.)  Like buying half a duplex on a land contract. Like… Read more“A few of my best worst decisions…… “