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Year in Review: 2021

In some ways, 2021 was an extension of the strange happening in 2020. In other ways, it was filled with greater abundance and possibility than we could imagine. In January, my friends and I took a road trip to Fredericksburg, a German town in the Hill Country of Central...

A Year of Reading

In 2021, I listened to 29 books on Audible. Most of these listens were with my children and a few were on my own. In addition to Audible listens, I also read through the Bible in a Year. We also read many physical books and articles on a daily...

Lessons from Percy Jackson

Not to be left out of this year’s reading (listening to) books while traveling, Dietrich chose the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. We listened to these books on our longer trips, to and from visits with family, often finishing them while driving around town or sitting in the...

Lessons from the Hiding Place

In addition to listening to books with Madilynn, I also enjoy listening to books on my way to and from my vendor events. I typically pick a self-development type book or something completely frivolous and entertaining (my music playlist is equally ecclectic). Occasionally, I pick a novel or narrative....

Lessons from the Little House series

When I was a little girl, I read the Little House series. Madilynn and I listened to the entire series this semester on our way to and from ballet (and a few other trips or quiet times sitting in the house). The books I read belonged to my mom...

The Last Seven Takes

When we returned Stateside, I took my blogging in a new direction. I connected with other bloggers and found link-ups. I even had a few articles published (or re-published) on other websites. One of the bloggers I connected with is Kelly at This Ain’t the Lyceum, who hosts Seven...

I Still Believe

In June of 2020, I did a video and blog post about what I believe. Here is a short excerpt for that post:  I believe that while we don’t all have the same talents or opportunities, we all have free will and the ability to choose another path. If...

No more Excuses

In 1979, my parents moved to Virginia where my dad would begin his preaching career. This congregation was a new church plant, which came with both challenges and opportunities. When they arrived, they met a man named Tom Jones. At the age of 60, Tom became a Christian by following...

Grace-Filled Homeschool

Homeschooling gives us freedom to set our own schedule. This is especially beneficial when our world is rocked by loss, whether expected or not. This freedom also allows us to take trips during less crowded times and serve others at a moment’s notice.  When people ask how long we’ve...

A Legacy of Love: Lessons from Grandmama

Growing up, I quickly learned that I was different from many of my peers. My parents were married to each other. My siblings weren’t half or stepsiblings. All four of my grandparents were alive. I even had a great-grandmother still living. My great-grandmother died my sophomore year in high...