Make it Monday | Christmas

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Or so the song claims. I tend to agree, but also know that such expectation can often leave us wanting more. The wonder and magic of the season can get lost amid the running around, the shopping, the parties, the traveling. Not to mention wrestling with emotional … Continue reading Make it Monday | Christmas

Make it Monday | Santa Lucia

Whenever I say, 'Santa Lucia,' I can't help picturing - and, frankly, hearing - Don Knots attempting to sing the traditional Italian song as Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show. So many other, better singers have recorded it, but for some reason, Knots' is the version that sticks in my head. However, that was … Continue reading Make it Monday | Santa Lucia

Make it Monday | Making Leafy Memories

One of my favorite aspects of fall is the changing colors. I know I'm not alone, especially considering there are whole maps forecasting when peak fall foliage will occur. Mid-October is usually when leaves turn across central Wisconsin. Lake Michigan causes a micro-climate close to its shores, which creates one of the coolest fall color … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Leafy Memories

Make it Monday | Making Beef Stroganoff

My husband loves beef stroganoff. I usually avoid it. Not because I don't like it; I'm just allergic to one of the primary ingredients: mushrooms. So I embarked on a journey to find a delicious stroganoff that my husband would love and that I could eat. Stroganoff is a perfect October meal. Whenever the weather … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Beef Stroganoff

Make it Monday | Making Room to Recharge

In a time when we are all encouraged to practice self-care, whether as mothers, fathers, single, married, older, or younger, we are simultaneously pressured to find that nebulous 'thing' that helps each of us capture what will restore our weary souls. Then, if we do discover it, we must find a way to incorporate it … Continue reading Make it Monday | Making Room to Recharge

Reading Wednesday | Waiting for God

Today I'm making an exception to the books I usually review. When a friend publishes a book, I always jump at the chance to help promote it. But when a friend publishes a book so poignant as this one, I have to share that book with everyone. Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God's Plan … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Waiting for God

Reading Wednesday | Living Lies

Living Lies is the debut novel by author Natalie Walters and first book in the Harbored Secrets series. Lane Kent and Charlie Lynch have both come to Walton, Georgia for it's small town nature. But the town also harbors many secrets. When Lane stumbles on a dead body, she is sucked into a murder investigation … Continue reading Reading Wednesday | Living Lies

Reading Wednesday |The Curse of Misty Wayfair

The Curse of Misty Wayfair, by Jaime Jo Wright, is a gripping split-timeline, romantic suspense novel about identity and family heritage. It follows two young women as they both grapple with the Legend, and ghost, of Misty Wayfair. Thea Reed is an orphan who lives in the early 1900s. Her quest to find her mother … Continue reading Reading Wednesday |The Curse of Misty Wayfair

Chronic Lessons

I learned my first lesson in chronic pain at the age of thirteen. I discovered pain causes an emotional rollercoaster where the smallest thing on a random day can cause a person to reach their emotional limit, yet big things on other days may not. It all comes down to the word 'chronic.' I'm right-handed, … Continue reading Chronic Lessons