Becoming Home

The Safe Place We Long For

Today, I have one question for you. Do you feel safe? If you were to ask me that question a few years ago, I would have said, "yes, for the most part." Yes, because I live with a protective husband in a small community with a low crime rate. I have loving friends who I… Continue reading The Safe Place We Long For

In The Living Room with Jesus

When 5 Words Can Change Your Life

Words are pretty powerful things. For instance, whether you heard the 5 words "Happy Valentine's Day, my love" today or not could have shifted the balance of your mood considerably. I know it used to for me. But today it does not and I am sure it is because of 5 other words that jumped… Continue reading When 5 Words Can Change Your Life

The Poetry Corner

The Poem of Us

'Twas the start of 2019, and all through our houseNot an animal was stirring, not even a mouse;Our house was all quiet and cleaned daily with care,No need for a Swiffer to deal with dog hair; Every morning Colleen could stay snuggled in bed,No one waking her early with a need to be fed;With work… Continue reading The Poem of Us

In The Living Room with Jesus, Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts: Drain the Water, Keep the Dog.

This past Sunday was bath time for my sweet pup, Crowder. Sometimes I can’t believe how dirty this dog, who spends most of his time in the house, can get. Even the floor mat beside my tub has brown spots from those dirty paws. Thankfully, Crowder loves to have a bath. I am not sure… Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: Drain the Water, Keep the Dog.

In The Living Room with Jesus

Just Like Mike, Simply Begin Again.

They all sound alike. When we hear them, the memories get thick like the soup that this colder weather makes us crave. Those yellow school buses have started their daily routes down our streets with engines roaring and brakes squeaking. Though I don't have kids getting off and on them anymore, they still drive many… Continue reading Just Like Mike, Simply Begin Again.

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts: The Leash of Faith

I am into week four of puppy ownership! It has been both fun and challenging, to say the least. One thing I can say for sure is that I am learning a lot, both about dogs and myself. I initially thought this puppy, who we named Crowder, would fit into our lifestyle. However, it has… Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: The Leash of Faith

In The Living Room with Jesus, The Entry of Prayer

An Answered Prayer: 50-Years in the Making.

I am about to be a pet-parent! The joy and anticipation are overwhelming me today. You see, I asked for this to come true approximately 50 years ago. Now, on Monday, July 1 my sweet puppy, Crowder (yes, named for our favorite singer David Crowder ) is coming to live with me. This hope, now… Continue reading An Answered Prayer: 50-Years in the Making.