That’s Not My Mom!

Grandchildren often think grandmothers are the most wonderful women on the face of the earth. But I wonder if my kids ever think, "That's not the woman who raised me!" Windows wide open to soft gentle breezes...it was springtime! My favorite time of year. And what better time to do spring cleaning? "But what does cleaning... Continue Reading →

I Do Not Like That Proverbs Woman

I don't much like her (I must confess). That virtuous woman of Proverbs 31. She's the one who does all things well and never does wrong. I'm sure she coined the term busy as a bee, and made coffee breaks and take-out pizza tabu. Considered it sinful to sleep once the sun was up. Never gossiped or was... Continue Reading →

The Healthy Mediterranean Diet

Hubby and I have pretty much always followed the Mediterranean diet since we've been in Italy. But lately we're really stepping it up. The older we get, the easier it is to put on weight. And that's one thing we don't need. Plus our cholesterol levels have crept up lately, which is bad for our hearts.... Continue Reading →

The Wise Woman with a Stone

If you could leave but one thing behind you what would it be? Wealth and property? Family heirlooms? For me those don't even enter the running. Not only because I have few such things to leave. But because I hope, above all, to leave a lasting legacy.  I may not be remembered for any mighty... Continue Reading →

Through the Eyes of a Child

"Why don't they want him to sing Nonna (Grandma)?" my 6-year old grandson wondered. "He sings good." He just couldn't understand why during the Rafe Hollister Sings espisode of the Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry's mayor and a leading citizen (Mrs. Jeffrie) didn't want Mr. Hollister to represent their town at a musical event.  "Yea," added his 4-year... Continue Reading →

A Lesson From the Birds

With his tiny feet resting lightly on the snow's surface, he reminded me of the Father's loving care. I love birds, and felt so bad for that brave little guy. Pecking at the plants growing in the roof eaves, the only things not buried by snow.  "Don't worry, I care for the birds," a gentle whisper... Continue Reading →

God Will Always Keep a Place for Us

Tickets? Ready! Passports? Ready! Our eight suitcases bulged with the little we owned, including eight teddy bears! Other than one box left with my parents, a small stash of money, passports and other documents, that was all we had in the world. Luggage? Ready! At last! We were finally ready to leave for the mission field! Italy... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Yearly Bible Reading

One of our granddaughters once drew a selfie which included us. "I gave us glasses," she explained to me, "but not Nonno (grandfather) because he can never find his anyway!" She knows her Nonno well. The absent-minded professor in person, constantly misplacing his keys, glasses, and other things!  But he has an amazing memory for... Continue Reading →

The Lame Beggar Healed

A man I know spent a week in a train station among the homeless street people, hoping to discover what life was like for them. The main thing he learned was what it was like to be nameless, faceless, and overlooked. They were forgotten people.  It was just such a man who lay by the... Continue Reading →

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