Tending the Garden

Growing Through God's Grace

Are You Overwhelmed? Here’s Help!

Have you ever been so overwhelmed with life that even the idea of reading a book about overcoming it made you twitch? Me, too! Have you ever wondered why the women around you can adopt seven children (two from foreign countries), run highly successful home businesses, take chicken soup & biscuits to the neighbors at […]

Should I Be Really Embarrassed?

Has something like this ever happened to you? When I was first dating my husband, we were having a lovely time laughing and carrying on, and then oops! — I tooted. Yes, I audibly passed gas. It’s embarrassing to even type that sentence. But he didn’t react – I mean, at all. So I found […]

Lenten Challenge: Luke 1

This Lenten season, I am reading Luke and Acts along with Margaret Feinberg. And I know that God is going to show up, plunging me deeper into His Word and His will, guiding my path. This morning I read Luke, chapter 1. My heart and head are so full of insights I can’t seem to […]

For a Rainy Thursday in November

On the verge of being on time, I only had to comb through my hair, start the dishwasher, and lock the back door before taking the monkey to school and heading to work. I should wear earrings today. As I fumbled through my drawer looking for matching silver hoops, the familiar thoughts flooded my mind. […]

My Tuesday People

I love Emily Freeman‘s idea of Tuesday People – those people you do “regular” life with, who “offer us a safe place to feel insecure.” Do I have Tuesday people? I know folks who collect friends and keep them their whole lives. Folks who didn’t have to wait for Facebook to be invented to find […]

Taming the To-Do List – A Book Review

Captain’s Log, Star Date 10/24/2015. It’s been 54 days since I started reading,  48 days since I finished, and 25 days since the deadline for this review. Yep. I promised to review Glynnis Whitwer’s book, Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day. And I actually loved the book. I loved […]

Warrior Chicks – A Book Review

I didn’t know what to think of this book. I had never heard of the author before. I had never even heard of any of the individuals quoted on the back cover. Even the title – Warrior Chicks – turned me off a little. But something about it grabbed me. Maybe it was the subtitle: […]

Untangled – A Book Review

When I mentioned to my 13-year-old son that I’m writing a book review, he asked what the book was about. {How much do I love that my boy is engaged enough to be interested in things outside his own middle school world?!} “The book is called Untangled: Let God Loosen the Knots of Insecurity in […]

There’s Poop on the Banister

Yep, that’s right. I woke up to poop on the banister. Now, we have a dog and two cats, at least one of whom can’t distinguish between grass and carpet. Another is quite fond of using the litter box – so much so that when his owners force him to be in the “wild” all […]

The Heart of the Amish – A Book Review

“and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12) How many times have I read the Lord’s Prayer and cringed just a smidge? Sure, I want God’s forgiveness. And I try to be forgiving myself. But I’m certain I don’t want God’s forgiveness of me to be in direct proportion […]