Best Life . . .Lifelines

Best Life . . .Lifelines

The BEST Summer Vacation~ South Dakota-Wyoming

The BEST Summer Vacation~ South Dakota-Wyoming

1st Day of the BEST summer vacation with Dean and Kathy 1.Drive through the lovely open fields and plains of South Dakota.  Arrive in Sioux Falls. 2. Next, head for the most delicious breakfast ever at the Original Pancake House. Dean enjoyed the two by four- eggs, delectable hash browns fried to a crisp golden […]

5 Tips to Coping With Stress

5 Tips to Coping With Stress

1.Stop. Breathe.  Think.  ~  Whenever pressures rise to the top, we tend to react immediately.  This creates poor judgment and a bad result. If we stop,  we will be able to take a moment to allow everything to take perspective. If we breathe– we will slow our heart rate down and allow our body to […]

The BEST Summer Vacation

The BEST Summer Vacation

Grand Marais, MN (Lake Superior)   Heading into Duluth you will want to stop at Skyline Parkway and get the view of the city coming in.  You’ll see fabulous, breathtaking views of Lake Superior, along with a casual visit from deer or eagles. Optional:  Unpack a picnic lunch and sit among the shaded trees at […]

The BEST Tips for Safeguarding Your Marriage

The BEST Tips for Safeguarding Your Marriage

Throughout the years, Farmer Dean and I have found that marriage is work.  You get out of it what you build into it.  And the most important thing is to keep God at the center, make time for each other, really listen, and really laugh. Here’s a couple of tips that we put together to […]

Best Life’s Favorite Summer Table Setting for under $25

Best Life’s Favorite Summer Table Setting for under $25

Out at the farm, there is little chance of seeing water anywhere, except in your vivid imagination.  So, every once and awhile, Farmer Dean and I like to pretend that instead of the field of corn behind the house, we create an illusion of the sea by a small grove of trees.  How can you […]

The Lake of Life

The Lake of Life

My husband’s family owns a cabin up north.  It’s nothing spectacular or fancy, but just a very simple structure that sits up high on a grassy hill, overlooking a lovely lake. From the wrap-around deck, you can relax and nestle into a comfy chair, sipping your tea, while busy little hummingbirds flit about you, sipping […]

3 Simple Truths from Walking the Yellow Brick Road

3 Simple Truths from Walking the Yellow Brick Road

This spring afternoon felt like another dismal fall-like day.  And when those types of days come around, if you’re anything like me, you start feeling discouraged. I like to turn days like this around.  How, you ask?  Well, it usually means brewing a good pot of steaming coffee, baking some of Grandma Thelma’s gingersnaps, and […]

Waiting for the Rest

Waiting for the Rest

As a child, growing up in Southwest Iowa, I spent a lot of time outside amidst the beautiful butterflies, the fuzzy yellow jacket bees, and the bright dragon flies that hovered and buzzed over the lush green grass and flowers that grew outside the patio door. In our big kitchen with the windows facing the […]

Six Soul Cleaning Steps

Six Soul Cleaning Steps

Soul Cleaning is a much-needed attempt to clear out your heart and mind and get you in a better place to walk away refreshed and restored. In scripture, we will often read the cries of a distressed heart from King David.  After David has been in sin, he cries out to God and says … […]

What Do You Value Most

What Do You Value Most

    As I sit at my desk looking out at the dark dreary day, I ponder this one question:  What do I value most? Friend, I wish I could sit down with you and person after person, and listen to each and everyone’s deep down heart- answer. Some answers would be football and basketball.  […]