Happy Dependence Day

No, this blog’s title is not a typo. I know that in the United States today we’re celebrating Independence Day. The day we declared ourselves free from English rules and stood on our own two feet as a country. The transition certainly wasn’t easy since it resulted in the Revolutionary War followed by intense debates as leaders argued over ideology while drafting our Constitution. But they believed the end result was worth the cost of the struggle. There

Celebrating Freedom

We interrupt this summer’s virtual vacation tour in order to spend time with the family. I can guarantee there will be grilling done today and fireworks tonight. And somewhere in between, I’m pausing to remember where we’ve been as a country (in bondage to a foreign power) and the price paid by those who saw beyond themselves to declare our independence. Happy 4th of July!

Happy Memorial Day

In honor of this day to honor those fallen in service to their country, I’m taking a break from work … and blogging … and writing. Just for today. Instead, I’m spending time with family and remembering those whose sacrifice allowed the freedom for me to worship God and pursue my dreams. Happy Memorial Day!

Ending Well and Starting Fresh

As if you didn’t already know, today is the last day of 2010. As I’ve been doing for many of my almost 40 (gasp) years, it’s the perfect time to do an inventory of the past year. And dream for the future. What did I want to accomplish in 2010? And how did I do? Hmm. Pay off a small loan. Checked off the list in August. Get caught up on the family scrapbooks (starting

The Gift of Giving

I grew up decorating the house for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving. Once the tree is up, my mind kicks into full holiday gear, especially thinking about all the things I need to do.   Addressing cards. Writing the annual Christmas letter. Baking. Making our traditional salamis and cheese balls. Filling the house with Christmas music. Attending parties. And last but not least, shopping and wrapping gifts for others.   Gifts seem to monopolize

Happy Labor Day

“…Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called.” ~Ephesians 4:1 KJV You probably know that this American holiday was created by the labor movement as a way to celebrate the contributions of workers to our economy. Today, many see the holiday as the official end of summer and the start of another school year.   So, today I encourage you to honor those around you and the difference they make. Whether they are workers,