I Have Two Blogs Now

I’m trying something new.

I’ve decided to have another blog dedicated to home stuff. This is sort of an experiment and yes, I’ve changed the name 5 times!!!

So anyway if you’d like to follow along with my sometimes indecisive home blog, then come on over and subscribe! I will be writing about homemaking and the challenges of living in a small space, my thrift store finds, decluttering and many more “exciting” home adventures! Thanks, as always, for reading.

My new blog: joy in a small house

Of course I will continue to blog here as well.


Don’t Take to the Rocking Chair

Abraham, Sarah and Moses. What do these people have in common besides the fact that they’re all from the Bible?

Yep, that’s right! They were old when God called them to do pretty amazing things.

I guess God didn’t believe in rocking chairs.

Well, let me tell you about my new friend. She’s ninety-one, full of energy and lots of fun! Yes, she’s hard of hearing and walks with a cane, but that doesn’t slow her down a bit!

She came to our church after her home burned down in the Paradise fire. She was living in a nearby town with a daughter and was looking for a church when she stumbled upon us. She loved our little church and came whenever she could get a ride. Then she moved to a senior home in another nearby town. She still comes to see us when she can. Sadly, in a few months, she is planning on moving with her daughter out of state.

She used to be a school teacher and just took to my little girl. She brings her a little gift every time she comes to church. She would bring clothes to give to us from people she knew that were getting rid of things and what we couldn’t use, we could donate. She would bring the biggest smile and the sweetest personality – so full of life, light and joy! She’s just a wonderful example to us of a person that loves the Lord.

She did a wonderful children’s story for us once from her early school days. I wish we could keep her here with us and hear many more stories, but I know it’s the best thing for her to live with her family. She has made a huge impact on me. I told her I’d write her a letter when she moves, and she excitedly said, “I know how to text!”

I wonder about anyone that’s feeling old and useless or like a burden because of health issues. Don’t! God can still use you to be a blessing to the world around you.

Maybe you’re not ninety-one. Maybe you’re just looking at where the road’s leading you. There’s still a plan for you. God can and will continue to use you. So don’t take to the rocking chair! Pray and find out what He has in store for you to do.




New Year’s Resolutions

Whoa where does the time go? Yes this year has sped by!

It’s funny. I have a young adult Facebook friend who listed her New Year’s resolutions on her page and wow…let me tell you it was tiring just reading it all. So many plans…so much discipline.

I’m 46. I’ve had many years to perfect New Year’s resolutions. And the long list of exercise and spiritual growth and 10 different types of self-improvement has fallen by the wayside.

But I love…I mean I LOVE New Year’s resolutions!

There are so many worthy projects you can do on yourself or in the world! And your 20s is the perfect time to take on the world. To take on working out and cutting sugar and reading 2 chapters of the Bible a day and cooking from scratch and being kind and learning guitar and every conceivable thing! Because you just might have the energy. Who knows?

Last year I think I limited myself to one realistic N.Y.R.

I can’t even remember what it was!! I think it was something spiritual. I could’ve had 2 and that second one would have been organizing my house or something.

I know I need to eat healthier and exercise. I know I need to be more consistent in my devotional life! I know I need to be better in so many ways. However, I have managed to keep Jesus close in prayer. I have managed to love Him consistently.

So all those potential resolutions that aren’t quite resolutions but have been downgraded to only being “shoulds” have firmly parked themselves on the edges of my mind. I know they’re hiding there and someday it might be their day to shine!

I’ve changed a lot over the years. I grab on. I want to taste life. I want to experience joy and give joy. I want to give preference to my highest priorities. I see the bigger picture and realize there’s only so much time in the day…time in general, I realize there’s only so much emotional energy…physical energy. Only so many projects that can be going on at once for me. And I want to give myself to what needs me the most right now.

And I want to make New Year’s resolutions. And what I’ve come up with in the past couple of years is that they should be realistic and doable.

So going into this New Year, I want to become consistent in having family worship. I also want to get my house where I want it. At least on the inside.

Family worship has always been a struggle for me. So this will be hard for me. My house? No problem. Easy. I love doing house stuff. Not sure it will be finished but it will definitely progress! God willing.

I will write another list of things I’d like to do in the new year, but they won’t be resolutions just written reminders of things I’d like to do if I can get to it.

So put a spin on your New Year’s resolutions this year. Do something you’re capable of and that you enjoy and then sneak in a hard one!!

How about you? What are your New Year’s resolutions? C’mon make some!




Heading Toward the New Year

Christmas was bittersweet but wonderful. We had several gatherings this year. I spent time with those that mean the very most to me – my family. I took lots of pictures. We have a happy, little pumpkin who has been busy playing with her new toys all day. Four of the kids were here this morning so that’s pretty good!

And surprisingly I feel like packing it all up tomorrow and decluttering the house!

I thought I’d feel like leaving the decorations up at least until the new year but now I’m not so sure. This is a surprising reaction to me.

I guess I’m waiting for the next big thing – New Year’s!

Which symbolizes hope and a new beginning. A clean slate and wouldn’t it be nice to go in with a clean house?

We don’t know what the next year will hold. Or even tomorrow. There will be joys and sorrows. And the Lord will see us through.

How was your Christmas?





Seeing Jesus

I don’t know what I ever did to gain his love.

But when he shows up at church he scans the room and with a big smile, rushes over to hug me. And at times, once he finishes singing a song for special music, he comes over and hugs me again.

I’ve known him for years and this is how it’s been when he visits our church.

His name is Bobby and he has Prader Willi syndrome. It affects his speech and mental capabilities.

But that doesn’t stop him from getting in front of the church and singing for us. This week he helped give the children’s story.

When my little girl and I got back to our seats, my Aunt says all teary-eyed, it never fails (to make her cry when Bobby does something up front). I said there’s not a person with a purer heart – purer motives than Bobby. He is everything that is good in the world. I love him so much. I can’t wait to meet him in heaven one day when we’re all made new!

And when I do I’m going to tell him just what he did for me – the excitement he had just to see me, all of his wonderful hugs, his sweet songs…

They patched up all the broken places. I could’ve been having the worst day, held together by a little make-up and a plastered on smile, then walk into the sanctuary and no queen could have been given a warmer reception.

I don’t know what I did to gain his love. It’s constant, pure, and unconditional.

When I see Bobby, I want to be more like him. Because when I see Bobby, I see Jesus.


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Christmas Stories

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas story? When my kids were little I always brought out the Christmas story books and read to them. Delightful stories of the magic of Christmas where a brother picks out a doll for his sick sister instead of choosing something for himself. Where food is brought to a poor family right after they pray. Where people love each other and God does miracles.

The true magic of Christmas is when all those long years ago, in a dirty stable – God placed His Son in a feeding trough. To be raised amongst us for the saving of the world.

She wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6




I have a kid that fully believes in Santa. She is four. She asked me how Santa would get in since we have no chimney and wants to put out cookies and milk as soon as she heard it was a thing. I don’t remember my older kids being this into Santa.

How wonderful it is to be a child where anything is possible. Before that old Scrooge – doubt – enters.

What would happen if we believed in Jesus the way she believes in Santa? With simple, wholehearted faith? To have full confidence in everything He says. To allow the wonder of God to fully envelope our hearts and minds?

My kid believes in Jesus the way she believes in Santa. For her, He couldn’t be more real or more wondrous.