Blessed Are the Misfits

Have you ever felt like a misfit at church? I know — church is the last place we should feel like we don’t belong. And just speaking for myself, I grew up at church. I was there pretty much every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. Even at that, there are times though that […]

The Snow Child

If you’re looking for a good winter read — or just a good read, period — The Snow Child is a great choice. This book is about Jack and Mabel, who move to the far north of Alaska in the early 1900s. They want to live a homesteading, pioneering style of life, since the typical […]

Menu Plan Monday 1/8/2018

Hello friends! I hope 2018 has begun well for you. I keep thinking that it seems like Christmas was a long time ago already. Since then, we’ve been in an arctic freeze. I’m not sure we’ve reached freezing in the past 2 weeks. It looks like that streak will break a bit this week. I’m […]

Why Brands Benefit from Working with Bloggers

I’ve been at this blogging thing since November 2008. In the past almost-decade, I’ve learned a thing or two. There are many types of blogs: some are just basically online diaries for the blogger. Others take on more of a business focus. One thing I’ve done a bit of over the years is work with […]

Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children: Review

“Children improve your prayer life,” Jodie Berndt writes in her book “Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children,” and any of us with kids knows the truth of that. As soon as we become parents, we want God’s best for our kids. It’s nice as we pray them through their cute toddler and enjoyable elementary […]

What is Great Customer Service?

What is great customer service? It’s a topic I think about more than the average person, perhaps, since I do some mystery shopping. What’s mystery shopping? That’s a topic for another day, but basically, I evaluate various businesses on how well they serve their customers. Here are a few observations I’ve made over the years. […]

Menu Plan Monday 1/1/18

Happy 2018 to all you readers! I hope this year will hold many good things for each of you. Here, it is freezing cold with temps only expected to reach the single digits the next few days. I am not a big winter weather fan anyway, but this is definitely character-building weather. Last week was […]

Most Unusual Baby Girl Names 2017

We are at a point where we’re looking back at what has happened during 2017. It has been a great year for some, a difficult year for others, and falls somewhere in between for the rest. There have been awful incidents that involved terrorism and natural disasters this year, but some good things have happened […]