The dance of life; always moving, always changing. There’s a time to give, a time to take. A step to the left, a turn to the right, a movement back and then a rush forward. The rhythm tells a story, the dance tells our story. Sometimes we twist and turn trusting the steps of a partner, other times we move to the music alone, an individual creating beauty in a solo journey, and still other times we dance in the group,… Read more »


With lots of chatter and commotion we gathered around the restaurant table. We were there to celebrate a special little girl’s birthday, so we shuffled around to make sure she had the seat of honor. Newly turned six, Hunter Lily glowed, perched at the head of the table right in between Nanny and Grampy. Everyone was excited to congratulate Hunter on her special birthday. Well, everyone except one. One sister sat scowling from across the table; her eyes green with envy. The entire… Read more »


Hunter Lily turns six today. We call her our Illini Baby, because she was the only one of our four who wasn’t born here in St. Louis. For a short period of time we lived in Rantoul, Illinois, just outside Champaign, where Matt worked as a worship pastor at a church there. Even though that was six years ago, that time in our life was a gift. Matt met one of his best friends there, and I met some the… Read more »

Kiss your life-0133

Kiss you life. The kiss is the symbol of intimacy, hiding nothing. The second I saw this make-up bag, I knew I was going to buy it, because it’s everything I believe to be true about life and happiness. So, how about you? Are you kissing your life today? Just the way it is? Don’t let happiness pass you by. …   …   … This post is part of the #write31days challenge, 31 Days Falling in Love with the Journey. I’d love to… Read more »

Believe Dreams-2

We all love to be inspired. It gives us hope for a better future, a better life. We’re like a nest full of hatchlings with our mouths open wide — inspire me! We follow our favorite speakers, preachers, authors, and pay lots of money to attend their conferences, just to get a nugget of inspiration for our life. I bet everyone of us have an Inspiration Pinterest board. We love those who open up the endless possibilities of personal awesomeness. The… Read more »

Filling Up Bella

Gratitude has been a long and hard lesson for me. I never dreamed that I was an ungrateful person, because I gave thanks at every meal, and it’s always been easy to say ‘thank you’ when given something. Except, when the things I was given weren’t the things I wanted, then, I despised my gifts and made it very clear to everyone around me. Like I said, had you told me I was ungrateful, I would’ve been shocked at such… Read more »