Horses in pasture


I’ve had the blessing to get away to a friend’s tranquil home in the country this week for what my husband called a “praycation.”  I was coming off of months of a packed schedule and intense preparation for a recent True Identity Retreat and felt a bit burned out and spent. Fortunately, the timing worked…


Come Closer

We live in a breakneck speed world that seems to be moving faster and faster and getting louder and louder. Stress levels are through the roof! We pace in front of the microwave anxiously waiting for our two-minute meal to cook, multitasking to make the most of every second, information overload constantly bombarding our brains,…



Many of you may wonder, “What’s up with all these swan pictures you take, post, share, and others send you?” It began when I was 21 and my mother came to me and said, “You know that Ugly Duckling Story?” (The Hans Christian Anderson one about the little duckling who is rejected and considered ugly…

Jen & Rem Wedding

“I Do!”

28 years ago, dressed in a gorgeous silk and lace French gown, grasping a fragrant bouquet of white roses, I stood next to my handsome husband in a Dutch church filled with family, friends, and coworkers, and declared, “I do!”  It is the hoped response when one is asked if they will take their husband/wife,…


Give It Up

Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline, began this week with Ash Wednesday and  culminates on Easter Sunday. During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. Some Christians try to follow the example of…



Last Sunday evening millions were gathered around their TV’s to watch the spectacular closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. This Sunday it will be Hollywood’s big night. The Academy Awards, commonly known as The Oscars. (The annual American awards ceremony honoring achievements in the film industry. Although it seems these days it has become more of…


Going for Gold

My husband and I have spent the last two weeks, along with millions of others, glued to our TV, watching the Winter Olympics. We were riveted in witnessing athletes who have endured years of grueling practice to refine their skills, overcoming amazing challenges, sometimes defeating all odds, to bring home the coveted prize of an…

Delfaire Trc3


The icy snow was crunching beneath my boots as I strolled through the serenely hushed neighborhood powdered with a fresh dusting of snow.  It was eerily beautiful in the glow of the streetlights.  You’d never suspect that behind this picturesque scene of glistening icy tree branches and soft snow covered houses were hundreds of people…


Keep the Flame Burning

Today the 22nd Winter Olympics will kick off in Sochi, Russia with a much anticipated dazzling opening ceremony.  Spectators from around the world will watch the lavish event and introduction of athletes, ending with the pinnacle of the ceremony – the lighting of the Olympic flame! Great fanfare and grandeur is made of lighting this…


The Game Plan

This Sunday, February 2, 2014, millions will be gathered around their big screen TV’s, snacks and beverages abounding, team colors proudly worn and/or displayed, the year’s supposedly best and most expensive commercials on queue, winner bets confidently placed,  and each side poised to cheer their team on to victory. All for the game of all…