01 July 2018


So much has changed this year.    Scratch that.....
Change the name of the post from "This Year...2017" to.....
"Now That We Are Six Months Into 2018...".  Ahem.  Okay. Let's do this.

The last time I visited you from here, I'd taken leaves out of the table.  Since then, we've had graduations, relocations, job changes, medical emergencies, life emergencies.......tears, laughter, fear, hope, exhaustion, retreats, doubts, struggles, and bewilderment.

Any of that sound familiar?

My routine completely altered
with the end of a 25 year career as a home educator.
My expectations have constantly been realigning
 to the new realities within our circumstances.
My eyes are often faltering and struggling 
to be focused above on the Lord.

But.  He.  Is.  Faithful.

He. Is. Kind.

When the doubt and darkness overwhelm, remember this dear Christian...

He.  Is.  Good.

Everyone in my house goes to work these days.  
No, that's not exactly right since the "downsizing".....hmm.....oh well......

 I'm still trying to find my way and use the gifts and talents that God has given me. I've been on a very steep learning curve and have often wanted to give up, but there are some big ideas inside of me and I know for sure that if the Lord leads, it will be accomplished. 

 Repeatedly, I am being humbled by the difficulty I'm having learning things that used to be easy for me. 
But whether it is because of age or stress, I'm determined to keep working at it.
 I'm also stepping out into the community as a volunteer and new business owner.
 I'm being forced out of my comfort zone by having to promote myself as an artist and building my website for my new business, WARM HEARTH STUDIO.

 (Right now there are problems with the website...so keep checking back. Please.)

I see the merging of 
Mom On Assignment 
into the Studio.....
like I said, I have some big ideas...
but, we must all begin 
right where we are.    

Whatever this year has held for you, remember this:

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

 Hebrews 12:3 (ESV)

30 October 2016

From Where I Stand

I took the leaves out of the kitchen table.
Lately, there have only been three of us at dinner.
Usually, during the daytime, 
there are only two of us.

After an extremely hectic summer, 
things are skidding to a slow walk.
There is a new reality being forged this year.
I knew it was coming. 
I've tried to prepare myself. 

Thoughts are still jumbled and clarity is still being sought.  
There have been so many major life events all jammed into small time frames.  
How does one deal with everything that comes with such a rollercoaster of events and emotions?

I'm still trying to figure it out.

I haven't written anything for this blog in a year. I'm not sure why.
 Perhaps, the thoughts won't settle long enough to capture them. 
Or maybe they do, and I don't care for them.

Midlife is not at all what I thought it would be. 
I was sure I'd be more sure of what I was doing by now. I suppose with every new season, there are expectations and some of them surprise us.

When reality crashes headlong into 
expectations we sometimes get knocked down.
 I've been watching some folks get knocked down with some
 very serious life-altering situations
 and yet they get back up with the help of others and a stronger faith and deeper knowledge of God and His infinite lovingkindness.

Along with contemplating the results of my life's work, I am trying to develop new discipline in long neglected areas of health and fitness.  

I'm looking back at some favorite hobbies and realizing that I will have time to develop them into more than just hobbies. 

No matter where you are on your Life Journey, some things do not change.
 Each of us is given one life. 

Each life impacts and influences others 
...for good or ill. 
Learning from the past but living in the moment is the healthiest way to live. 
Each breath from God is a gift and He deserves the glory. 

03 October 2015

When It's Autumn in Montana....

... it is time to make a visit to meet the newest addition to the family.
And while there, visit a lovely park and photograph the autumn leaves.

08 September 2015

It's That Day Again...

Okay, Okay, Okay...

I haven't written anything since June...
it is now September...

And since I have proved that I can read a calendar, I had planned to come over here and cheat by just using this post from five years ago.

Because, today is "that day".

23 June 2015

It Feels Like Treading Water, Only More Exhausting

The theme of this summer seems to be,
"Planning for the Future".