Happy Fastnacht (aka Fasnacht) Day!

When we moved to Lancaster County, PA six years ago, we were welcomed with some interesting local sayings from the heavy PA Dutch influence here, and a whole new day of celebration we had never heard of – Fastnacht Day! My husband works for a large farm equipment dealer in the area, so he really…

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And the Winner Is…..

I’m a foodie and I can attribute my borderline obsession with food to my husband.  He comes from a long line of amazing home cooks and has picked up all the ‘tricks of the trade’ by observing his mother and memere (grandmother) in the kitchen.  Out of hundreds of meals produced by his hands, I…

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Angry, Angry Birds

Angry Birds may have turned into an obsession or addiction, but it did teach me a few things about anger. If you’ve ever played the game, you know there are different types of angry birds.  A little red one that does damage on its own. A little blue one that will morph into 3 blue…

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A Joyful Noise…or is it?

As a musician, I often struggle with my feelings on church music.  On one hand, I know that worshipping the Lord in song and by playing instruments is pleasing to the Lord when the performer’s heart is in the right place.  By right place, I mean with intentions of pleasing the Lord with his/her gift and not…

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Angry Birds, Goodbye!

It’s a harsh reality when you realize that your life is filled with many addictions.  Major  and minor ones.   Technology may be a major one, but who would’ve thought that a silly little game could actually become an obsession or addiction. Yep, I realized that I wasn’t only addicted to surfing the net, but also…

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Do you love yourself?

Yesterday’s blog referenced one of the most popular passages on the topic of love,  I Corinthians 13.  Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy….I’ve always thought of this passage in one way: relationally.  Am I patient with my students?  Do I show kindness to my mother?  Am I envious of my neighbor who…

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It’s the Little Things (that make an impact)

Sometimes we don’t realize the lasting impact the little things of life will make.  This was driven home in a recent conversation with one of my kids. We were talking about love — what it is, what it isn’t, how you express it.  Not just romantic love, but exhibiting the characteristics of love in relationships,…

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Contentment and the What ifs of Life

Contentment. All of us want it, yet it seems like so many of us don’t have it. Why are we unable to accept and make the most of the circumstances we all find ourselves in? I know I so often get caught in the ‘What if’s’ and ‘If only’s’. ‘What if I would have decided…

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Striving for Perfection

I come from a long line of perfectionists.  I’m not going to list names because I don’t want to embarrass anyone, but you know who you are!  That personality disposition has manifested itself in my life and I’m seeing it now more than ever. It hurts to say it because the truth hurts sometimes, but…

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