Oh Holy Night

Holy. Do you feel the wonder of the vast, starry sky spread out above the stable that night two thousand years ago? All of heaven intently focused on this ramshackle outbuilding, watching as generations-old prophecies took on flesh and breathed his first human breath? Holy. For those of us who aren’t the promised Messiah, holy…

Resisting Despair

You know what makes me happy? Strutting around the first floor of my house in step with the Beegees. First “Stayin’ Alive”, then “Jive Talkin’”. You’re welcome for the visual. Just for added delight, picture me wearing stripy purple yoga pants and a bedazzled navy blue sweatshirt. Merry Christmas. That’s how I get my steps…

Merry Christmas, Jerks!

We are quick to put others in boxes these days. We’ve all been guilty of it. We’ve been judged and been found wanting. We’ve judged others just as mercilessly and decided they aren’t worth our energy anymore. You’ve been a jerk to people this past couple years. Unless your crowd is thoroughly tight-lipped with their…

The Beautiful Christmas Tree

Once upon a time, on a tree farm not so far away, there was a very beautiful Christmas tree. She grew alongside many rows of pines, firs, and spruce, some of whom were quite pleasing to look at, but she was the loveliest tree of them all, and she knew it. The tree farmer, a…

What Book are You Reading?

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” -James 4:17 I’ve been re-reading one of my old favorites lately: All Creatures Great and Small by beloved country vet James Herriot. It’s a welcome respite from the constant barrage of bad news; a delightful retreat into…

Thankful

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. The coziness of gathering with family; the fire crackling in the fireplace; and the delicious aroma of good things coming out of the oven. As a Christian, the depth of meaning I find in a holiday devoted to being grateful ( actually, Thanksgiving began as a…

Rainy Days

I smiled to myself when I checked the weather this morning. Guess I wouldn’t have to do my usual walk after seeing Audrey off on the school bus.I’d just have to come back inside and snuggle up under the covers with my coffee. DARN! And then, of course, I stepped outside and it was just…

Sinking Sand, Anyone?

I am not a Vlogger. I get self-conscious about how many chins will show up on camera and about halfway through the videos I’ve done in the past, I end up speaking with a syrupy Southern drawl. Apparently when I get nervous, I channel Paula Deen. It’s bad. Sometimes you just have to stick with…

Knotty

I’m a knotty girl. I mean it. I get a massage once a month out of necessity and it. is. not. relaxing. I never know how many knots and sore muscles I have until I visit what I semi-affectionately call “Candy’s House of Pain”. As I lay there being tortured for what seems like eternity,…

Last Line Of Defense

When I worked in the restaurant biz we had a saying: “The last line of defense.” Basically this meant we were the last ones to see a customer’s (you can’t make me say “guest” anymore) plate before it went to the table. We were the only one standing between a great experience and a horrible…