Ah, Amore

Mike and I are nearing the end of our cruise, sadly, and we’re trying to savor every last minute of this time together. One of the reasons we love cruising so much is that most days, the greatest dilemma we face is what time the next meal is being served and on which deck. Our younger kids are at Kamp Kanakuk, a camp they’ve been going to for the last 15 years or so in Branson, Missouri. Our … [Read more...]

What I did for summer vacation, for real

There's something about planning a vacation that makes you want to stay in the planning phase...the anticipation of knowing that you're about to embark on a wonderful, exciting adventure is such a thrill! Well, we're no longer in the planning stage; we're here. In Italy. Rome, to be exact. We arrived this morning (which was really still yesterday for us), and are staying in the heart of the city. … [Read more...]

Birthday Celebrations

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!!!  With all of your wrinkles and your flaws, you’re still the grandest country of them all! How much travelling have you done outside of the country?  If you have, then I bet you’ll agree with me that America is the best.  Italy, I’ve said before, is a very close second for the simple fact that pasta is served with every meal.  But there’s nothing like … [Read more...]

What I did for summer vacation (part 1)

We're on vacation!  Sort of.  I wanted to show you the current state of our house, which makes us want to scurry out of town.  Fortunately, we have brave souls that will stay here while we're gone. The front entrance: The back of the house ~ our family room and guest room: But they knew better than to unhook my washer!  It was moved from the family room (it's home for the … [Read more...]


I am a firm believer in growth and maturity of character, but I made a sad realization today... In my earlier post about going green, I mentioned that I was taking baby steps toward making the best choices for myself and this family. Since moving out to California, Mike has been insistent that we shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's.  My own preference is to shop at Whole Foods because it seems … [Read more...]

Our Fathers

The way the NFL’s calendar is set with training camp beginning at the end of July, our vacation time is over by the time most family's begins.  So, in mid-June as soon as school is out and Mike’s break starts, we head out of town for several mini trips.  This summer, our vacation began in Chicago where Mike spoke at our former church, Willow Creek, to deliver the Father’s Day message.  … [Read more...]


Remember a few years back when people wore the rubber bracelets bearing the letters WWJD?  For a little while they were effective in reminding people to react to situations in a way that Jesus would have.  I recently had a WWJD? moment like I haven’t had in a very long time. I was enjoying a light-hearted conversation that quickly turned heavy and disturbing and accusatory.  The person I … [Read more...]

Going Green

One of the most enjoyable aspects of living in California is the beauty of it.  We live in northern California, where we’re surrounded by mountains and valleys, palm trees and evergreens and redwoods, the ocean and the bay, and beautiful flowers and plant life.  And Californians are extremely serious about preserving all of this beauty.  They have some of the most progressive ‘Green’ … [Read more...]

Come and sit a spell

I live in snippets ~ I catch snippets of the news, snippets of the paper, snippets of the kids’ activities in between real responsibilities and some occasional relaxation. But the God of the universe doesn’t really do snippets.  He longs for us to have an uninterrupted, heart-felt conversation with Him through prayer.  He really cares, and He cares so much that He insists that we shut off … [Read more...]

A little about me…

If you watch David Letterman, you’re no doubt familiar with his ‘Top 10" lists.  There’s something about lists that intrigue and fascinate, isn’t there?  So I’ve compiled a very random list of facts to help you get to know me a little better: I love, love Starbucks.  Not Peet’s.  Not Caribou.  Starbucks. I’ll never be considered a ‘foodie’.  I have the kind of stomach … [Read more...]