Irish Blessings

She loved St. Patrick’s Day.  Over the years, I would receive sweet treasures around mid-March…bundled packages she’d send via UPS. One year, it was shamrock napkins and “Irish potatoes” …not real potatoes, but the coconut-covered-in-cinnamon Irish treat. Another year, the package contained General Foods International Coffee…Irish Creme flavor of course. That was my favorite at the time. She knew that because for a year and a half I went to college outside of Philadelphia and was about an hour fromRead more

biscotti for breakfast…

Vacation.  Yahoo. It’s a time when the “coulds” are allowed to win over some of the “shoulds”. I probably should have run to the store early  this morning to get groceries. I probably should  have already emptied the dishwasher and started laundry from our trip.  But I could take my time, because I really don’t have to be anywhere till 4:00 or so. And the choice of eating biscotti for breakfast is  definitely a “could” that is winning over aRead more

waves of blue

Waves of Blue on Mountains High Rolling in  as I stroll by I Lift my heart,  I Lift my eyes As waves of blue draw me nigh And what comes as I lift my eyes Waves of Grace I can’t denyRead more

“Hey Mom…”

“Hey Mom….” he says.  “I’m going to extend my stay here in Sweden…and…I’m flying you over! I’ve thought about it and if I give up a few trips, I could fly you over and…” I think all the blood rushed to my head right about then and I didn’t hear much else that he was saying…my brain was fixed on – “I’m going to Sweden!!!”  And this 51-year old mom who once-upon-a-time considered herself a girl with an adventurous spirit, well, IRead more

Thankful Thursday ~ gentle reminders

I’m thankful for the little things of beauty in everyday.  Praying in this new year that I have the eyes to see those little things along the way, the will to stop long enough to notice, and the heart to appreciate that God knows what we need and gives us gentle reminders that we are so not alone in all of this, and no-thing is too hard for Him.  amen and amen. “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavensRead more

Day 2 – Thankful for…second chances

We had an anniversary of sorts at our house. A year ago, we had experienced two of the most difficult things our family had ever faced…all within 36 hours of each other. Josh had a major car accident, and then a day and a half later, Tanner had cardiac arrest at school. Turns out he had a heart condition called CPVT. (These posts tell the story…. https://soletusknow.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/daily-prompt-challenge-green/ and https://soletusknow.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/a-breath-of-fresh-air/ ) It’s hard to believe a year has passed since thatRead more

Day One ~ Thankful for….Baseball

30 Days of Thankfulness… Yep. Baseball Here’s the analogy today. Baseball game in the south. Lots of people from both sides watching a tie ball game with umpires who are making some questionable calls for both sides. The crowd was getting really loud with the ‘disagreements’ with the calls, and cheering on people, etc. A batter gets up and there’s lots of cheering going on, and then the clear voice calls out in a calm and clear manner, “C’mon Chase.Read more