Category Archives: Reflections

My Nesting Place

I built my first nest when I was about five years old. All I needed was my rusty metal wagon, my baby doll, her favorite blanket, and the hog house down by the crick. Yes, the hog house.  I’d been … Continue reading

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Just an Illinois Girl

Here’s my view right now. A warm June breeze waves through the lush green leaves while the red-winged blackbirds argue over territory. A few billowy white clouds float across the blue expanse above me.  The remnants of the cottonwood seeds … Continue reading

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Squeezing Tight

“Here comes a big one Nana. A REALLY big one! I love you Nana.” “Look! It’s huge! Oh no! It’s coming! I love you Nana.” It was like Carter was reading a script as we bounced through the waves on the … Continue reading

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On Noticing and Resting – A Thank You to my Dad

  He’s 91 years old, but most wouldn’t believe it.  With the exception of faulty hearing and worn out knees, he still looks ready to head out to the field. His mind doesn’t miss a beat – it really never has. … Continue reading

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Flavored with Grace

My theme this winter has been grace. As the sun rises, I ask God to flavor my day with grace – both receiving and giving it. It’s been the perfect winter to focus on grace. Since early December, I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Snow Falling Whispers ‘All is Well’

I know there are beach people. And mountain people. And river people. And possibly even desert people. I’m snow people. It feels like there aren’t too many of us left anymore. Too many of us have become weary of longer commuting times … Continue reading

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My Mid-Day ‘Silent Night’

I’d only softly sung a tiny bit of “Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Nana’s gonna buy you a mockingbird” when I found myself meandering into “Silent Night.” I’d barely gotten to “All is calm, All is bright” before my … Continue reading

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