Patriotic Pinspiration

Okay, so if you are like me and tend toward last-minute preparation for holidays, I've got two easy ideas for your Fourth of July festivities.   Of course, I found both on Pinterest (have we connected there yet?) ... and I have a whole board dedicated to Summer Stuff with lots of other ideas for the Fourth (which can also be used for Labor Day).   So, ready for my two easy, peasy patriotic treats? First up ...  Strawberries a la Fourth Too cute, huh?  My daughter who is twelve ... [Read More]

Happy Fourth of July!

A few weeks ago, we spent some time in the Smoky Mountains and visited an old cemetery in Cade's Cove.   There were tombstones there for men who had fought and died in the Revolutionary War all the way up to those who had lost their lives in the Gulf War. As I wandered through this beautiful, hallowed place, I wondered why it is that we take our freedoms so lightly.   Not just our freedoms as citizens of the United States but even more, our freedoms in Christ. All freedom comes through high ... [Read More]


A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. ~ Joseph Campbell Today we remember those who fought and died to secure the freedoms we hold dear.     Pause this day, in the midst of grilling out, getting wet, and giving hugs, to say a prayer of thanks for those who have given their lives and those who today serve on foreign soil, prepared to give their lives, to give us the freedom to celebrate this great day. May we all remember the life given by One for us ... [Read More]