Recently Overheard, Candy Wrapper

Me:  “OK, seriously!  Who left their candy wrapper just laying on middle of the floor?”

Child #1: “Not me. My wrapper is right here.”

Child #2: “Mine is on the coffee table.”

Child #3: “I chucked mine on the floor.”

If only we were that honest with God about our own sin.
True Meekness means to live without defensiveness.




Teddy Bear Claws


I’d just taken out my journal following some time in The Word and prayer, when around the corner came little Chasey with his snuggly soft Teddy Bear in tow.

“Oh, good morning. What’s your bear’s name?”


“What a perfect name for a teddy bear.”

“His nose is fuzzy and his paws are soft.”

“Oh, they sure are. Good thing he doesn’t have  sharp claws like some bears.  He won’t hurt you with his paws when he’s playing. He’s a nice little friend.”

“Mom, his name is FRED!”


And then MY parent… my heavenly Dad (aka- GOD!) spoke quietly to me in regards to the bear called Friend:

In friendships it’s sometimes tempting to keep your claws, not using them, or course, but just to keep them… in case. But I want you to have soft paws. Soft paws that are quick to help & serve others; quick to comfort and love without hesitation. You are created to be a friend…. a friend with soft paws.

“But Lord, sometimes the other bears play rough & keep their claws sharp.  What then?”

Most times those bears don’t mean to hurt you or anyone. But even if they intended to do so…still be a friend. Comforting. Encouraging.  With soft paws.  


Recently Overheard, January edition

If you’d been around our house in recent weeks you would’ve heard the following statements (along with many, many others) that my have cracked you up, amazed you or left you wondering).


“All Oreo ever does is poop, pee, stare and bark!” (Oreo is our dog)


“Honey, please stop talking about your birthday, it’s months away.”
No!  It’s the next female birthday in our family… well, besides you, Mom. But we don’t really celebrate your birthday. Once you hit 40 it’s all over. Besides, you forget how old you are anyway!”


“I like the taste of mucus!”


After taking a bite of green bell pepper he exclaimed, “This is like heaven in a a pepper!”


When eating a tiny little clementine orange he announce: “This orange is Heaven!”
“Did God make our house?”
“Well, He made the things that were used to make our house, like the trees that made wood.”
“Oh, and the horses that have hair that made the stuffing in our house!”
(Our home nearly 100 yr old home we discovered that horse hair and chicken wire were used to insulate the house. Amazing!)


After loudly singing a song of 1 tim 4:12 someone comments, “Wait. Did you just say in word, in love, in faith and puberty?”



The stuff that’s said around here just keeps me laughing!

Oh, I love my husband & family. What a joy!






Heaven, Recently Overheard 4


If you’d been at our house this week you may have heard one of my little guys say one of the following statements:


“When I get to Heaven I won’t have to do any chores, right?”


“In Heaven, when there’s a birthday there won’t be any balloons cuz we’ll just have Jesus!”


“Hey, James, Susan & Mary Chilton were on the Mayflower cuz they wanted to worship Jesus… Wait a minute!  If the Pilgrams came to the new land so they could worship Jesus then I’m gunna see them in Heaven someday, right? Awesome!”


“There won’t be any school in Heaven cuz we’ll know everything when we get there. Sweet!”