Did Mary Know?

While delivering a Christmas message the Sunday before the holiday my pastor shared with us that his favorite seasonal song is “O Mary, Did you know?” The pastor said that he was moved by the words of the song because it addressed what Mary must have been feeling. “Did you know when you kissed your […]

Keeping Christmas Traditions

I attended a Christmas party this past weekend.  The gathering is an annual event hosted by a long time acquaintance of mine and involves several generations of women coming together for an evening potluck, ornament exchange and cookie sharing. One of the things we do after the dinner is play silly internet games with the […]

Soggy Days Create Cat’s Malaise

 Rain. In Oregon where I live, we get a lot of it. Natives say that’s why we have the beautiful, lush forests to enjoy and acres of wetlands teeming with plant life to explore. On one particular weekend recently, the rain came down in torrents. Puddles filled everywhere. Our backyard couldn’t be traversed. The grass […]

God’s Beauty Abounds

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday my husband and I decided to take a quick trip to the coast for a much needed respite from our routine. We chose to stay at an Inn where we had stayed before.  We reserved an upstairs kitchen suite, one with a view of the ocean from our balcony. The […]