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Fabulous Fall Cookies

The BEST Oatmeal Whoopie Cookies

The BEST Oatmeal Whoopie Cookies

Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 T molasses 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 cups quick […]

Leadership Moments:  Managing Guilt

Leadership Moments: Managing Guilt

As a leader, there are times when we must make decisions that are best for our organization that will leave someone else unhappy. When we do what’s best, we must move forward without anxiety over the decision. However, when there are decisions made that harm someone unintentionally, we can feel overwhelmed with guilt.  It can […]

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 […]

An Anchor in the Waves of a Rough Day

An Anchor in the Waves of a Rough Day

I don’t know about you, but the hours between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm at my house are crazy, at best, and chaotic, at worst. Kids get hungry. I guess I’m the one who has to feed them. The older two manifest hunger in the form of wrestling, jumping off furniture, and running around the […]

Holiness Today … Is it Possible?

Holiness Today … Is it Possible?

Holiness. Does the word conjure up an image in your brain? Maybe you are picturing a super old, stuffy, church with cathedral ceilings and candles and incense, and a priest waving it around…? Is this word just too old? I grew up in a Nazarene church, and my parents always received this devotion book. Holiness […]

The Wedding

The Wedding

There is a hot spring breeze blowing through the big trees outside the living room.  As I look past the tops of those trees, I see my beloved little 1900’s church steeple and think about yesterday.  It was a milestone for us both. Since I was a little four-year-old sitting next to Daddy in the […]

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

This year I have felt a little bit like an explorer on an quest to discover something. This “something” has evaded many a brave soul for many a year. Some explorers never stumbled upon it, but I think I’m onto it. The truth. Ultimately, what is truth? “Truth is like the sun. You can shut […]