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The Space Between Tragedy & Reality

The Space Between Tragedy & Reality

Many years ago, my best friend from New York called me sobbing.  She was at work when she learned the sad news that her father had passed.  Her world revolved around the kind man, and it was a horrible tragedy. She was at her desk and completely undone.  I asked her calmly to hand the […]

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

Today is dark and wintry. There is stillness in the air that has enveloped me and as I look out over the farm, the sun is slowly setting. A night like this always makes me remember a journey some thirty years ago. It was a cold, wintry night when all hope seemed lost. That night, […]

Thankful, Grateful and Blessed

Thankful, Grateful and Blessed

Thanksgiving is a day for friends and family.  We invite people to our homes, cook up huge amounts of food and look at the past year to recite our many blessings that God has bestowed upon us. As a little child, growing up in southwest Iowa, we invited my extended family and everyone would pour […]

Sounds Like a Plan

Sounds Like a Plan

When I met my husband, many years ago, I picked up on all of his habit-phrases.  You know the ones I mean … when people say the same thing after the same situation occurs. One of Farmer Dean’s familiar sayings comes after my delivering some desires and hope of what we should do over the […]

Developing a Child-Like Faith

Developing a Child-Like Faith

As I carried my granddaughter up the stairs of the old 1910 house, each step creaked loudly, echoing the sounds of yesteryears.  I imagined how many times the stairs were climbed as a little child was carried off for nap time. The day was struggling between releasing its summer warmth to embracing the coolness of […]

Can You Live With Silence

Can You Live With Silence

The first thing I do after I open my eyes in the morning is talk to God.  Then, I talk to Farmer Dean.  Then, I turn the music on at my house. My brother calls it “grocery store music,” but I call it music from the 1940s and 50s.  It’s soothing to my soul.  As […]

The Fundraiser in the Grove

The Fundraiser in the Grove

Last weekend was the 4th annual fund raiser for Best Life Ministries.  The week before the event, the farmer and I worked diligently to prepare every single detail to make things comfortable, welcoming, and enjoyable. We always think about what will help people experience a glimpse into the past, and one of my favorite things […]

Wintry Days & Depression

Wintry Days & Depression

So many times during long Minnesota winters, I find my friends discouraged and down, and even walk through depression myself.  Here’s the truth, whether you live in the dark days of Minnesota, Michigan or Wisconsin, or you’re walking in the sunshine of California or Arizona, every single one of us faces depression at one time […]

Best Life’s Health Picks for the School Year

Best Life’s Health Picks for the School Year

Best Life’s Top Medicine Cabinet Picks for Under $6.00! Comparison Shopping~ Target & Walmart Stores had the most affordable prices Tylenol 24 ct  $3.95 walmart.com Purse Kleenex Pack  $1.99 target stores Alka Seltzer   $4.69 target.com Ricola Cough Drops    $2.38 walmart.com Burts Bees lip balm   $3.30  burtsbees.com UP Thermometer     $2.99 target.com Pepto Bismol  $5.62 walmart […]

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 […]