Finding extraordinary treasures in ordinary and challenging days.

Welcome! I’m Marilyn.

I’m Marilyn and so glad you stopped by.

My grandmother had a beautiful lilac tree in her yard. Occasionally, she would snip a few stems, place them in a jar of water, and set it on her kitchen counter. Even now, if I close my eyes and inhale, I smell the sweet fragrance.

Lilacs are a treasure and a trademark of my hometown, Rochester, New York. Colonists brought small slips of these beauties to the new world and later, varieties were developed by horticulturists. Today, thousands of people from around the world, visit Highland Park, where over five hundred breathtaking and colorful lilac varieties cover twenty-two acres. As a child, I went there to see an array of trees on Lilac Sunday in May.

A canning jar filled with lilac cuttings on the kitchen counter, the tenancy of horticulturists, and acres of varieties of lilac trees on display for the world to see. Each in its own rite is an extraordinary treasure.

Isn’t life like that, too? Small moments and big ones, ordinary and challenging times, personal and shared experiences? In each, we can find extraordinary treasures.

The simplicity of growing up in an Italian family that honors tradition, moving several times in my married life, raising three daughters, and the greatest challenge of my husband’s sudden fatal heart attack, have shown me the treasure of God’s faithfulness in all seasons. You can read more on my About page.

If you’re looking for encouragement and extraordinary treasures, you’re at the right place. Together, we can find peace during pain, wisdom for a decision, learning through waiting, compassion when grieved, and even joy when circumstances say otherwise. I invite you to meet me at my blog and join the conversation each week.

Looking for treasures with you,
Marilyn

Peace: Trading Lunches and Trading Hearts
Peace: Trading Lunches and Trading Hearts

Peace: Trading Lunches and Trading Hearts

When my girls were little, I packed healthy school lunches. The other day, my daughter Kate reminded me no one ever wanted to trade lunches with her. A turkey sandwich, fruit, or yogurt wasn’t appealing. Kids wanted chips, Twinkies, and Little Debbie’s. Whenever we trade, we expect to get something better. Kate’s friends didn’t realize her...

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It’s Still Christmas
It’s Still Christmas

It’s Still Christmas

We’ve unwrapped presents, devoured Christmas cookies, licked the last candy cane, and attended holiday parties. Emails advertising post-Christmas sales came to our inbox on December 25 and on December 26, we may wait in return lines at stores or check ads for post-Christmas sales.    On January...

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“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

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