Unconventional Trailblazer

“The greatest and most inspiring achievements are not produced by those who conform to society’s idea of normal, but by those who courageously adopt the unconventional.” Thus begins the novel that found my husband and then found me.  Searching for a book by Robert Frost, he accidentally stumbled across this book by J.J. Hebert whose main character is named James Frost.  After reading the book in one day, he urged me to read it so we could discuss it together.  I am so glad I did! It’s no accident that the message of this book came along to me at … Continue reading Unconventional Trailblazer

A Lounge Lizard’s Timeline of Faith

The Lounge Lizard has finally flown the coop!  Twenty-five days post-surgery, and I am slowly stretching my lizard wings.  I even drove my daughter to mall on Friday!  I still have to take it easy, which can be frustrating when I *think* I feel well enough to do something but then learn halfway through that I’m not quite ready.  My trip to Target late last week left me in tears because I wanted to do more, but my body couldn’t handle it. A friend of mine mentioned the other day that my journey through this process has been a glimpse … Continue reading A Lounge Lizard’s Timeline of Faith


Some people are afraid of spiders. Other people are afraid of heights. Some people are even afraid of very long words: Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia Thoughts of fears have been invading my mind lately, but not for the usual reasons. I am a very fearful person by nature. In fact, I’ve been known to be afraid of… Airplanes and flying Funerals Elevators (but not escalators) Spicy food Tomatoes, carrots, dairy, pecans, and now peanuts (make me ill) Roller coasters Long car trips The dentist Spiders Snakes Tornados Germs, especially stomach bug germs Nausea Body discomfort of any sort Monthly period (because it’s causing … Continue reading Fear

Spiritually, Snow White

My favorite fairy tale when I was a little girl was Snow White.  Being a native Texan, I didn’t know very much about snow.  But I liked the way the huntsman who had been sent by the Evil Stepmother to murder Snow White killed a wild animal in her place: The Huntsman did as the Queen asked – he took the little girl into the forest and prepared to kill her. ‘Please don’t kill me,’ cried Snow White, looking in terror at his big sharp knife. ‘I will run away into the forest and never come back again.’ The Huntsman … Continue reading Spiritually, Snow White

Of ironies and miracles

Esther 6-10 My daughter and I love to look for the little ironies in life.  So, we were tickled to read how Haman’s attempt to manipulate King Xerxes into honoring him above all others backfired.  Instead, the King used Haman’s grandiose ideas to honor Haman’s worst enemy: Esther’s Uncle Mordecai! It was ironic…but it was also miraculous. I am still stunned by a miracle that happened to me today.  My co-director and I received permission to go to the old church (the one with the sagging ceiling) to retrieve some of our supplies.  We decided to meet there at 4:30. … Continue reading Of ironies and miracles