2 years, 50 years or 100 years…it’s all short!

July 29, 2013

This week has been tough.  Let me be honest, this year has been tough.  We had the loss of a dear friend in May who was diagnosed with cancer in January.  We’ve had family, friends and friends’ children diagnosed with diseases.  Most recently, we were part of the search for Isaiah Theis that ended tragically. […]

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It could have been me…it could have been you

July 23, 2013

I’ve heard a lot of theories and a lot of harsh words.  Harsh words directed toward Isaiah Theis’ parents and the law enforcement involved.  I don’t think it’s wrong to have ideas or even share them, but the fact remains we don’t know what happened, and it could have been my child.  Doesn’t every parent […]

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Tragedy Too Close to Home ~ Isaiah Theis

July 19, 2013

Tuesday evening around 8PM I asked Kirk if Fender and I could go for a walk.  I’ve walked and jogged this road hundreds of times.  It’s a very common route for me.  I said hello to some fellow neighbors and was just enjoying the beautiful evening. A familiar white truck pulled up next to me.  […]

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Death and Hope

May 10, 2013

Who knows if this post will ever get published.  My mind has been a bit of a fog and getting thoughts on paper (or computer) has not been happening for me. Last Saturday, we lost a dear friend!  She was 43 and a mother of 3 and an influence to many many people.  I cannot […]

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God is THE Healer

March 19, 2013

We love our church.  We love our small group that is a part of our church.  We started with this small group around 10 years ago when we first came to live in Wisconsin.  We were together for several years and then Kirk and I took 3 or so years off (but remained connected with […]

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I’m Sorry!

January 10, 2013

For any woman who has been lied to and followed that lie to an abortion…I’m sorry!  Then to that broken woman who has dealt with secrecy, self-hatred and crippling sadness…I’m sorry!  I’m not sure of your circumstances or what the many factors were in your life, but my heart aches for you.  For all the […]

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I Don’t Want “Good Kids”

November 11, 2012

It’s a scary time to be raising children.  It seems that there is so much out there just waiting to destroy them.  Between violence, abuse, sex outside of marriage and drugs there is a tendency to just want to take your kids to the nearest bomb shelter and lock them in.  I often hear prayer […]

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If You Ever Thought What You Are Doing Doesn’t Matter…

June 24, 2012

100 years.  My Grandma Clara was born September 6th, 1912.  She’s not EXACTLY 100 yet, but we celebrated her birthday yesterday as that’s when all the family could get together. It’s amazing to think about all that Grandma has seen in her 100 years.  She remembers horses and buggies, and wood burning stoves.  She lived […]

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Mission Statement for Wives and Moms – Part 2

June 4, 2012

I posted about a mission statement that I wrote here.  Honestly, I’m not where I want to be in my progress in relation to my goals.  It’s so easy to have knowledge but never actually practice it.  I’m afraid that I might be working on “scales” for a while.  So, I have decided to break […]

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The Last 36 Hours

June 2, 2012

It has been less than 30 minutes since our visitors have left.  They were here for less that 36 hours, but they left us with so much.  We were supposed to be here to bless them, but they blessed us.  We will probably never see each other again on this earth, but it makes me […]

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