Cleaning Up the Mess that Is Me

I wiped down the counter, stove and sink.  I put the dishes away and prepared coffee for the morning.  With a flip of the switch I turned off the lights and looked back on my kitchen… clean and ready for the morning. If only I could clean up life’s messes as easily as my kitchen … Continue reading

Lessons from a Groundhog Day Do-Over

Well it’s the day after Groundhog and it’s a whole new day. I didn’t hear any: “Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cooooold out there today.” —Groundhog Day (1993) But I did wake up to the same room, same people and same dog whining to go out. I can relate to Phil … Continue reading

Merry Christmas from the Quigley’s

It’s Christmas Eve and we have settled into that relaxing Quigley Christmas tradition of pajamas, books and puzzles.  It’s what we do best. Sam arrived last Saturday. Her luggage arrived Tuesday…thus ending a story of holiday travel, snowstorms and canceled flights. The presents are all wrapped and under the tree. The stockings are waiting for surprises and we are ready … Continue reading

Taking It Easy This Christmas Season

People keep saying, “Where have you been?… How are you? I haven’t seen you around.“ I’m good… really. I’m quiet, you know.  I read more and talk less.  My family might disagree on that point. But it’s true.  I process inside and don’t always translate all that to the outside. But honestly, I’m good. We had … Continue reading

What Were We Thinking?

Nineteen years ago this month, Dave and I went on an adventure.  Some people thought we were crazy.  And at times, so did I. We had left our place of ministry 6 months earlier knowing God had closed that door.  We placed our things in storage, moved in with family and Dave worked temp jobs to … Continue reading