Showing posts from March, 2016


in 2012, i left my job as high school secretary to take a position at our local hospital.
that position actually fell through before i was offered another position at the hospital ...  you can read about how God's hand was in that story in a blog post from July 2012 HERE!
in january 2014, my employment with the hospital ended when i {at my doctor's recommendation} did not receive my flu shot {yes, for real} but that's a story for another blog post ...
after that, i kept busy helping rick with our clinic/broga yoga studio and this fall, i went back to the school system as a substitute para-pro, primarily at the elementary school.  while i love the people who work there and i love the kids, this was a part-time, on call "gig", not income to be counted on for monthly budgeting.
so ... on a whim, i stopped in when i saw a "help wanted" sign at a local business and filled out an application .
after not hearing anything for a couple of weeks, i assumed that the po…


He is RISEN!
words of hope, words of life!
Hallelujah He is RISEN!

listen HERE!


quick trip to green bay with kajsa before she works today.
love spending time with my girls ...i am so very blessed!

contemplating what this day, this Easter weekend, means to the world and to me. 
unable to comprehend what He went through for me. 
in awe that He went through that agony to pay for my salvation. 
thankful that His death and resurrection promises eternal life. 
excited that today, tomorrow and Sunday are the reason we grieve the loss of loved ones, but not without hope of the glorious day when we will be reunited!
amazed by grace!


so, there's this book i've been reading and it is taking me a while to finish. I am typically a fast reader but this book, i have had to read slowly and "digest"! the book is "interrupted" by {jen hatmaker} and frankly, it is interrupting my life!

in "interrupted" jen speaks of an instance where her comfy faith walk was interrupted and she realized the need to be a "barefoot church". i will blog more about that later ... but ... i cannot get that out of my mind ... I want to be a part of a barefoot church, but more than that, i need to be a barefoot Christian!
this means that i need to {willingly, happily} 
*serve {when what i really want is to be served} 
this means that i need to {willingly, happily} 
*love {even when i feel unloved}
this means that i need to {willingly, happily} 
*give {even when i feel empty}
this means that i need to {willingly, happily} 
*share my time {even when i feel like my schedule is full - if it is so full that i…

{dr.cucumber} ♥

i'm sorry, we don't have any appointments available today.
i'm sorry, doctor is not in the office today, we can get you in tomorrow.
i'm sorry, we aren't taking new patients at this time.
i was a young {nervous} mama with a sick little girl and I needed to bring her to a doctor.  in desperation i pulled out the phone book and looked in the yellow pages {you know that pre-google book with names & phone numbers!} i knew that taya had an ear infection so when i found "northern lights ear, nose and throat" i figured i'd try to call them.
a sweet receptionist answered the phone and told me that yes, they usually required a referral from our primary care physician and that even if they could accept us without a referral, doctor was out of town at a conference. she did however, take some information from me and we hung up.
i remember crying right along with taya after i hung up, she in pain and me feeling helpless not knowing what to do to help her.
imagine my…


this is my view today ...

we are at bellin hospital in green bay waiting for dad to go in and have "his batteries changed" {his i.c.d. (pacemaker/defibrillator) is being replaced}.  this is the third one he has been through since he had his heart-attack and 5-bypasses done in 2005.
the staff here is just amazing, all so kind and calm and pleasant! the procedure is scheduled for 1:30 ... it's now 1:16 and he is still in the room with us ... that's the drawback of later in the day appointments ... sometimes the schedule gets a bit behind! they have been crazy busy here this morning ... controlled chaos rick called it!
so, we wait ...
"but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. isaiah 40:31  


i wanted to be a little grumpy.
o.k. i wanted to be a LOT grumpy!
it was only 5:35 a.m.
on a saturday morning.
i hadn't gotten the coffee ready the night before.
the bed was warm and cozy.
it was saturday.
i wanted to be lazy and sleep in.
but, he got up so i got up.
he said "you don't have to get up just because i do"
"i know that" 
{but you're up and the dogs are up and now i probably won't go back to sleep anyway!}
so, i got up too.
i went to the kitchen where we {a little "grumpily"} worked together to make coffee.
i curled up in the living room and did my devotions.
and drank my coffee.
3 cups.
then i let the little one {gretchen} out.

and i paused for a few minutes.
i noticed there were birds singing.
i noticed how much snow had melted this week.
i noticed that the grass is already a little green.
i noticed that the sun is shining and the sky is as blue as blue can be.
i noticed that my backyard is as beautiful as many parks.

and i woke up grumbling?
thank y…


when i doubt God's amazing power, rick will often quote numbers 11:23 to me
"the LORD answered moses, "is the LORD's arm too short?""
"i don't want to answer this" i said as my cell phone rang yesterday.
i knew the number on the caller i.d.
it was the number of the place i'd dropped our car off at earlier.
the place that was going to "diagnose" why our engine light was on.
we'd been told by another place that it would cost $200 ...
just to run diagnostics.
that didn't take into consideration any repairs that may be needed.
double ouch 
considering we just had to replace a really important part on our furnace.
oh, you know, like the "little" part that makes it run.
i know, i'm so very technical when it comes to those things.
you're welcome!
the "little" part that costs $650 and that doesn't count labor.
which is doubled on a sunday.
which is then again doubled when 2 guys have to come to do the repairs…