• Books & Reading

    2018 Favorite Books

    The word “favorite” brings up different emotions for different people. For many favorite may bring to mind a delicious flavor, wonderful scent, beautiful view, or snugly blanket and may flood your body with happiness. For others the word “favorite” may have different connotations. I remember as a kid, my grandmother telling me that I was her favorite grandchild. She would elaborate sharing reasons why I was the better child. I had mixed feelings coursing through my mind and body each time she repeated the sentiments. Sure, I wanted to be adored. But I also felt bad for the other kids, my brother and cousins. She wasn’t being cruel. She never…

  • Family,  Travel

    Aloha Ya’ll

    Physically we are now home. But pieces of us still reside in Hawaii. For eleven glorious days we enjoyed family time on (it’s an island, ya’ll) Ka’anapali Maui. I have in the past traveled many places in the world and yet always dreamed of seeing the Hawaiian Islands. My father-in-law was born and raised on Maui so for the past 20+ years, I have blessedly heard family stories about the mundane and also about the adventures of growing up in what most of the world would call paradise. But for many reasons we had not made a visit. That changed in 2014 when we were invited to join my in-laws…

  • Books & Reading

    Book Club Beauties – Sacrificial Love, Legacy, Place in the World, Survival, Test of Devotion, Surviving Loss, Motherhood, & Belonging

    Monthly a group of beautiful, intelligent, caring women get together at my house to enjoy a meal, drinks, and conversation.  There are any number of reasons – maybe Bunco, wine club, investments, or just because – that could motivate this gathering.  We don’t gather for any of those reasons (valuable as they may be).  Books.  Books are at the center of why we gather.  There are seven women currently and on any given month three or four attend.  The women who gather have much in common.  They also have many diverse qualities too.  The main similarity is that they enjoy reading and commit to reading one or more books every…

  • Encouragement,  Faith,  Focus

    2019 Focus Word

    Yes, it is already February and I find myself saying, “Wow, time is flying.”  Months have passed since I have made time to write or create.  Like everyone else, the daily, ordinary, and mundane plus the milestones, celebrations, and fun have consumed my hours, mind and heart.  Gratefully, I have also experienced rest, healing, quiet, and time abiding in Jesus.  The months have been good, mostly, with the result being that I have lived in peace yet written zero words about it.  Today is the day to start anew.  In the last weeks of 2018 just like in years past, I began to reflect on the past year.  Specifically, I…

  • Faith,  Healing

    Even Small Hurts Hurt

    Universal.  I would be shocked if you said you have never had a paper cut.  I get them frequently.  Mostly when I am scrapbooking photos or sorting and opening mail.  Maybe it is because I live in a dry climate and my hands tend to be dry.  Or maybe I deal with excessive amounts of paper (which is funny in this world of technology).  Whatever the cause, I often have a paper cut.  When the paper or cardboard connects with the skin, you immediately wish that you had not moved so fast in that direction.  Ouch! That hurts. I am the biggest baby when I get one.  “That hurts” feels inadequate. …

  • Family,  Gratitude

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a day where many Americans will answer a common question, either out loud or internally. What are you thankful for? I asked my daughter this question and her quick response was pets, friends, and family.  In answering, she shared her heart, her priorities, her loves.  I too am thankful for pets, friends, and family.  But my quick response would have been slightly different or at least in a different order.  Regardless, our answer to this question helps us understand those we love in deeper ways.  To know and be known is a beautiful thing – and one more thing I am grateful for this Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time…

  • Family

    Thanksgiving Traditions

    Traditions.  On online search shows traditions defined as the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.  Maybe it stems from childhood, but I crave traditions.  My childhood did not have many – at least that I can recall.  So, when our daughter was born in 2007 (actually even before she was born), I was adamant that I wanted to create some traditions. With Thanksgiving approaching, I thought I would share some of our family’s activities.  I would love to hear your family’s traditions too. Osorno Top 10 Thanksgiving tradition We have a traditional dinner with turkey, stuffing, gravy,…

  • Family

    Showing Respect

    Don’t be surprised if you come to the 11 a.m. church service on Sunday and we are still there.  We love Sundays and our rhythm is to sleep in a little, then race to breakfast at a little cafe we love, sit at the counter, enjoy breakfast with our friends, then race even faster to get to the 9 a.m. service.  After worship, we rarely leave the building right away.  We enjoy talking with our church family.  We enjoy it so much that we are often there when the 11 a.m. peeps are coming in.  That usually gets us moving to the car and then on to a Sunday afternoon…

  • Family,  Wellness

    Floss

    In the public speaking group I am a part of each Wednesday morning, we count audible pauses.  One person is responsible to listen intently and track when someone speaking says ah, um, so, and, or any other word that is holding space in place of a silent pause.  If you were in my house today, it would be interesting to count how many times the word “floss” is used.  I am betting the number would be higher than audible pauses at Toastmasters.  That’s saying something. My daughter likes to do this dance move called the floss.  Have you heard of it? I hadn’t either until this summer.  Now whenever she…

  • Faith,  Family

    Dear Sweet Daughter

    Dear Sweet Daughter, You are inquisitive, curious, bright.  So the question on your lips or at least in your mind right now is “Why, mom, are you giving me a letter?” As I write, I just took you to school and we talked on the way.  Later I will be picking you up from school and we will talk on the way home.  We will talk over homework, chores, dinner, and again at bedtime.  I wish I could say that most of that time will be pleasant, full of laughter, shared stories, talk of Jesus, dreams of the future, and silly banter.  Instead it will most likely be me attempting…