Summer Love

I remember back in high school, and college years having the hope that perhaps “this summer I will meet him.” A “summer love.” Maybe I would meet Mr. Wonderful at summer camp? Or maybe I would bump into him at a coffee shop, summer job, sailing lessons or a summer concert? I wanted to experience…



My husband and I had not had a real vacation (vacay) together for almost 9 years. God did not design our bodies to go 100 mph, 24/7 without a significant break now and then to refuel, refresh, and recharge. We were living life going from one event to the next, or one crisis to another.…

American Flag

“Thanks Dad!”

Memorial Day Weekend always brings up thoughts of my Dad, who passed away 9 years ago, but was a decorated WWII vet. I think of what he risked, sacrificed, and endured to help ensure our country remained a free one, and I am forever grateful. Growing up when my brothers and I would ask our…

Bird's nest eggs

M.O.M. – Mother of Masterpieces

With Mother’s Day this weekend, I have been pondering a lot about mothers. We all have one, but not all of us are one. Without mothers, the human race would be extinct, along with every other species that lives and breathes on this planet. Mothers are a significant and crucial part of God’s design to…


Speed Bumps

Life is cruising along at a good speed and all of sudden you hit a speed bump! You immediately slow down and proceed with caution looking for the next one. If you miss the speed bump caution sign or ignore it and hit a speed bump at top speed, it can do some serious damage…


How Do You Receive Him?

This week’s guest blogger is Remco Brommet, Director of True Men, a division of True Identity Ministries. It is a few days before the Passover and crowds from all over Asia Minor have begun to make their way up to Jerusalem for the great celebration. Jesus and his disciples are also on their way, from…

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,…