My Son In Law Became An American Citizen Today

I just had to share. My son-in-law Rik became an American citizen today. He moved to American from Great Britain when he was 12 years old. This dream has been a long time comin!   I couldn’t figure out how to get the photos in order. We gave Rik gifts and had a beer afterwards. What a great day!   ...
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Practicing Hospitality – Guest Room Essentials

I love my husband’s parents. My own parents are gone but I still feel like I have parents who love me: John and Doris.   No we haven’t had the perfect relationship. But we have had a great relationship. I feel blessed that they are still a big part of our lives even though my husband and I are old enough be grandparents.   Doris is the type of person who grabs her...
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Where To Go In Nashville

This is not my typical blog post. Normally I write about psychology, selfcare, and counseling. But today while getting a massage, my therapist asked me where to go in Nashville. I emailed this list to her, but others might enjoy reading it too.   I’m not a Nashville expert. I went once twenty years ago, and more recently two times. Both times were to attend The Nashville Treehouse with...
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My 50th Birthday

I can’t believe I’m 50. My family and I celebrated in Winter Park. I made a little video to capture the party my Bible Study threw for me, and the fun we had in the mountains. I don’t deserve all these good things but I’m so grateful. ...
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How the Smallest Acts of Kindness Can Change a Life

I’m an early riser. When I wake, it’s usually dark. I like to lie there, listening to my husband breathe, and let my mind wander for 10 -15 minutes. I reflect on people, situations, and memories, and I pray. This morning two memories came up: In 2009 my daughter spent a semester in Maastricht, in The Netherlands. It was part of a study abroad program through Baylor University.   Besides...
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How My Community Helped Me Forgive

    “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.” ~Louis Smedes   For years I had been consumed with venom towards a special enemy. To protect the person involved I won’t go into the specific details. Our family had been generous to a woman, Jane, who was going through a hard time. After a long period it began to feel like our generosity was being...
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