Decorating, Grandparents, Home, Legacy, prayer, Youth

The Porch

Did he know, or did God know that I needed these gifts?

cooking, Home, Legacy, Youth

Teen Ranch Pizza

Thirteen hungry boys (if you count my husband as a boy) sat around the dark eight foot table in anticipation of dinner. My husband and I were serving as house parents at Teen Ranch in Marlette, Michigan. Ten ranch boys, our two sons and my husband John savored the aroma of fresh crust, oregano, tomato… Continue reading Teen Ranch Pizza

children, Decorating, Grandparents, Home

What is Beautiful?

Ms. Pat, your house is so beautiful.  People who don’t have kids have beautiful houses.  Our house is not pretty” Jada said. I responded, “Well you should have seen my house when our boys were your age we had toys and shoes and stuff all around and it was not beautiful.” I thought of my… Continue reading What is Beautiful?

communication, Home, prayer

How to Temper Your Tone

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. New International Version (NIV) Was it necessary to speak to me in that tone? “Not your wife, she is… Continue reading How to Temper Your Tone

cooking, Home, prayer

Much More Apples

It is apple season in our part of the country.  Many people flock to the mountains to purchase their favorite variety of apple.  Our favorite is pink lady.  They are a late crop and well worth waiting for.  The rosy pink color on the perfectly smooth surface covers a crisp, tart yet sweet delight.  It… Continue reading Much More Apples