Ho Ho Ho

I started to write a Christmas blog but as I wrote, I felt like I'd written it somewhere before. A little search of my blog pulled up this timeless beauty. So, instead of rewriting, I'm reposting... My mom called me last week to see what I want for Christmas. When asked that question, I instinctively think, “What do I need?” Then nothing comes to mind. I don’t need anything. But what do you want? Mom asked. Doug’s Dad says you should never buy people what they … [Read more...]

Family Friends

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After a busy, laughter-filled Thanksgiving week, I sit in a quiet beach house listening to the clock tick, the ceiling fan spin, and the ocean waves rhythmically, consistently roll in over the sand and back out into the water again And I remember… Only a few days ago, this house was filled with people busily baking pies, basting turkeys, and tying gold ribbons around napkins for a beautiful holiday table. The house was full of happy people working together to create another memorable … [Read more...]

Friendship 101

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Meet my friend, Trina. Don't go stealing her away though. Just meet her and appreciate her like I do. I am perhaps the most blessed woman in the world in many ways. One of them is that I have terrific friends. Trina is one of them. How do I love her? Let me count the ways: 1. She is my flower fairy. It started when I was labeled with the dreaded "C" word. She came over and planted pansies in my flowerbed so that I could see them every day and be reminded that I … [Read more...]

Does Prayer Work?

I recently read a call for blogs on the topic: “Does prayer work?’ Since it’s October and Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought about this question as it applied to my breast cancer diagnosis eight years ago. Since that experience, my answer to the question of whether prayer works is, “It depends.” If we believe praying is as easy as placing an Amazon Prime order, we might be disappointed to learn it might not work like that. I learned to pray as soon as I could talk. So, when I … [Read more...]

#daytoserve = More Good

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Day to Serve (DTS) started small in 2011 with the simple, common idea that getting a lot of people together for one day to serve others could make a difference. The idea picked up steam quickly. A few small events in Virginia quickly ignited a spirit of service that spread to Maryland, Washington, D.C. and then West Virginia. One day of service turned into two weeks of service and then to a month-long massive service spree. What fuels its growth? Very simply, it’s our … [Read more...]

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