Weaving words of hope and

purpose into our life stories

Welcome!

I’m glad you stopped by. I hope you’ll travel around my site, pause in places, and find encouragement just for you.  Check out blog categories, books, podcast interviews, and look for “coffee cup” reading-including free resources.

As you learn more about me, what stirs my heart, and keeps me going, I hope we’ll connect and together find hidden treasures in unexpected places: a timely word from Scripture, ordinary moments that gave  “aha” discoveries, and comfort in loss.

One of my most treasured gifts that I open every day is found in Lamentations 3: 22-23, reminding me of God’s faithfulness, His personally handcrafted mercies, and unfailing compassion whether we shed tears or smile.

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (NIV)

Let’s get acquainted…

From challenging to ordinary days, we can find hope and purpose.

Ordinary and challenging days, celebrations and struggles–in each, we can encounter treasures in unexpected places.

My generational heirlooms-some stored and others displayed-don’t have dollar signs, but represent memories, love, and tradition. Books, hand-crocheted scarves, recipes and an old treadle sewing machine carry rich stories and sentimentality. To this day, the fragrance of lilacs stirs memories of snips of lilacs from my grandmother’s tree and the historical lilac festival in my hometown.

I grew up with local extended family with picnics and cousins’ birthdays, but my adult life has been different. My three grown daughters, sons-in-law, and eight sweet grandchildren are scattered in the US. When they gather annually around my dining room table, we celebrate “unbirthdays” and when we can, go to theme parks and splash in the waves at the beach. Family is without a doubt, one of my priceless gifts.

If you want to know more about discovering hidden treasures in ordinary and challenging days, join me and visit awhile. Together, we can find peace during difficulties, wisdom for challenges, compassion when grieved, and hope when circumstances say otherwise.

Read more about me and my blog.

Destination Hope: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart

Destination Hope is a beacon of light to those who stumble along the tearful trail of uncertainty and unexpected change. I wrote this book with April White. We live in two different states and represent two generations but we’ve been knocked off course by challenging life changes and linked arms in hope. Together we offer readers encouragement in unwelcomed life interruptions. We  weave our personal stories along with narratives of other women experiencing life-altering events: such as a prodigal, incarceration, death of a child, illness, widowhood, bankruptcy, and divorce.

Read recent blog posts

A December Selah

The Thanksgiving holiday is a wrap. Perhaps you enjoyed leftovers from a hearty meal of family favorites or packed some for the freezer to enjoy in January.  Social media posts with photos showed tablescapes with Great-grandmother's china and harvest arrangements....

Locked In Place: Part 2

Last time we met I described my experiences with locks- not the kind in a magic show, but river locks for boats. You may want to go back and read Locked In: Part 1 before you continue with today’s post. On deck that evening while viewing one of the most impressive...

Locked In Place: Part 1

My friends and I had planned a Great Rivers of Europe trip for over a year. As the date approached, a drought hit and some cruises were changed to bus/land trips. Finally, confident the itinerary would be as promised, we packed, and four days later, flew across the...

Tulips and Prayer

The ground was wet from the night’s rain and the warm autumn air was refreshing. It was a perfect day to plant tulip bulbs. With my grandsons as helpers, we located spots in my yard, dug holes, planted forty bulbs, and as one boy measured, he instructed, “five inches...

Speaking Engagements

I’d love to share with you and weave hope and purpose into your life chapters.

  • Destination Hope: A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart
  • Unexpected Gifts in Unexpected Places
  • The Uniqueness of Grief
  • Fresh Starts, Change of Heart
  • Christmas Rest
  • Leaving a Legacy
  • A Cup of Joy, Tea, and Friendship

15 Timely Thoughts to Encourage College Freshmen

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