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November 19, 2019
Holiday Eating Survival Guide - How To Approach The Loaded Holiday Table

Holiday Eating Survival Guide: How To Approach The Loaded Holiday Table

Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays. I love the whole idea of setting aside a special day to celebrate our bountiful blessings with family and friends. And of course, you can’t talk about Thanksgiving without mentioning all the yummy foods that go with it. It seems appropriate […]
November 14, 2019

Keep Beating Your Drum – Consistent Witness In An Inconsistent World

Just keep beating your drum… People don’t always have to play the same instruments to make a pleasing melody. In fact, it’s the blending of different rhythms and notes that give our songs nuance and interest. You may be marching along in perfect step, while the cadence of others falters […]
October 31, 2019

Pushing Past My Limits – Let God Take The Lead

Has it really been three and a half years since I started this whole book writing thing?! Sometimes I marvel at where I’ve come from where I started. If writing has taught me anything, it’s that God is always pushing past my limits to get me to the place where […]
October 8, 2019
small acts of love fill the love bank

Small Acts Of Love Build Strong Relationships

My husband has always had his culinary specialties. He’s makes an out-of-this-world cornbread dressing on Thanksgiving using a family recipe passed through the shoots of his Southern roots. He’s tweaked and perfected it to an art…right down to the finely chopped, perfectly-uniform pieces of celery. But in the last few […]
August 28, 2019

Back To Normal

I find myself navigating the road back to “Normal” after an extended season of side-trips, shortcuts and bunny trails. While away, I succumbed to the ease of clutter and the ever-expanding piles of “stuff to take back.”   Finally, I’ve returned to the dwelling I fashioned. The walls are laced […]
July 9, 2019
My Son's Wedding - What I Will Remember

My Son’s Wedding Day – What I Will Remember

My son’s wedding day was beautiful in every way. Two vibrant young people said “I do” at an altar; surrounded by family and friends…one, a boy I’ve poured love into for the past 23 years and the other, a lovely girl who’s charm and sheer cuteness has stolen our hearts. […]
May 30, 2019

Wedding Shower of Blessings

You blink and your kids are grown; ready to launch out on their own awesome journey. I stand at a distance and observe my son present his future wife to family and friends; smiling and chocking back a lump in my throat as I recognize the pride in his voice […]
March 27, 2019
facing painful emotions

Five Steps To Face Painful Emotions

I can still remember it like it was yesterday. There I stood on the front porch staring out into the darkness. The tears came as they inevitably do and I wiped them away with a napkin plucked hastily from the kitchen counter. I could just barely make out his silhouette […]
November 21, 2018

This Mom’s Take On Turkey In The Microwave

This Thanksgiving, my kids won’t be sitting with me around a laden family table. They’ll be enjoying the holiday on the other side of the globe. Still, I’ll choose to commemorate the holiday by thanking God for our many shared memories…they rest securely in my heart regardless of time or […]
September 17, 2018

Conditional Gratitude – It Shouldn’t Take A Crisis

This weekend we saw two major storms unleash their full fury on both sides of the globe. Hurricane Florence ripped across the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Meanwhile on my side of the world, Typhoon Mangkhut mangled the terrain of the Northern Philippines and Hong Kong. Both storms dumped […]
October 24, 2017
my two cents on turning 50

My Two Cents On Turning 50

My 50th birthday came and went with little fanfare. Don’t get me wrong, we marked the occasion with a night on the beach and dinner out with my daughter. Still, I didn’t take the time to consider my two cents on turning 50 or fully consider the significance of entering […]
June 20, 2017
What Happened To My Blog?

What Happened To My Blog?

Some of you may have been wondering, “Where is Shellie? I haven’t heard anything from her in months!” If you’ve actually noticed that I haven’t been around, then bless your little heart! Yes, I have been away from the keyboard for quite a while now and I thought it was […]