Joyful Living

Pruning Our Lives: The Parable of the Peach Tree

Pruning Our Lives: The Parable of the Peach Tree

Today I wanted to share a lesson I learned on the importance of pruning our lives.  I call it the parable of the peach tree.  Before we moved from California, I had a large orchard.  I loved this orchard and spent many hours tending to […]

Life Holds on After Fires in Yellowstone – Finding Beauty From Ashes

Life Holds on After Fires in Yellowstone – Finding Beauty From Ashes

The 1988 Fires in Yellowstone In the summer of 1988, massive fires engulfed approximately 1/3 of the landscape of Yellowstone National Park.  These fires were the largest recorded fires in the history of Yellowstone.  According to Dan Whipple, It is estimated that 683,000 acres were […]

Joy Amidst the Storms

Joy Amidst the Storms

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma (not to mention Katia and Jose), I have been doing a lot of thinking and pondering about our day and age. With all of this destruction and chaos, how can we possibly find joy? I have […]

Overcoming Fear with Faith

Overcoming Fear with Faith

Overcoming fear will be a lifetime struggle and challenge for most of us.  We may have fear of failure, abandonment, rejection, or fear of the unknown.  I think I struggle with the last one most of all.  Fear of the unknown.  I went on a […]

Book Review for Evarance – Rise of the Shadows

Book Review for Evarance – Rise of the Shadows

This is a book review for the new release of the book Evarance – Rise of the Shadows.  First of all, I am a little bit biased because my sister wrote the book.  That said, I LOVED this book!!!  I mean, wow.  I had no […]

Finding Joy through Adversity

Finding Joy through Adversity

Today I want to talk about finding joy through adversity.  This past week I flew back East to attend a funeral which is why I haven’t posted recently.  This is a poem that was read at the funeral: Timur’s  Poem Although your work on earth […]

The Art of Homemaking

The Art of Homemaking

There is an art to homemaking.  It is one I think I will have to take my entire life to figure out.  I often have to remind myself that “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”  Often I tend to have an all or nothing attitude, […]

Thirty Day Sugar Fast

Thirty Day Sugar Fast

Dave approached me and wants to do a 30 day sugar fast.  What exactly is that? In the simplest of terms, a sugar fast is going without any sugar for a specified amount of time.  We are also doing a white flour fast.  Since beginning […]

Making Lemonade – Lessons Learned

Making Lemonade – Lessons Learned

We’ve all heard the old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” It’s different when you need to make some of your own. Have you ever had one of those days when you seemed to be dealing with lemons from the moment you woke […]

Joy in the Journey

Joy in the Journey

This morning I wanted to write about finding Joy in the Journey.  What is joy?