love should be the pulse.

goodness should be our breath. love should be the pulse. caring should be our guide, and kindness should be our platform. always. always. always, even in the season of different reasons, different books, different traditions. it should always begin and end with love. unconditional and whole. love. you cannot buy it, but you can giveContinue reading “love should be the pulse.”

turkey is not the only thing.

jesus. coffee, sometimes with sugar, always with cream. the sky at dusk. snuggly socks. the warmth of the spring sunshine. rock and roll. cheese vendor at the farmer’s market. patterns in fabric. color. motorcycle rides. aromatherapy. friends who know me inside and out. family who loves me inside and out. spilling guts to strangers. kindContinue reading “turkey is not the only thing.”

i don’t always love Beyonce but…

i saw this floating around the interwebs, and wanted to share it here.  because we must be courageous.  everyone probably understands the joy from music, and the healing from laughter.  Check out this woman’s courageous move before a double mastectomy surgery. the courage and joy she has in these moments is inspiring. what have youContinue reading “i don’t always love Beyonce but…”

5 :: hopespoken

one:: hi, i’m barb, and i’m going to the hope spoken conference! whoohoo! i am so blessed to be able to go. this is a picture of my mom and i from a few weekends ago on a family visit to south haven, michigan (which is an AWESOME coastal town on Lake Michigan that you shouldContinue reading “5 :: hopespoken”

adventure, adventure :: backpacking in the moonlight

i went backpacking for the first time last fall. where you wear your food, your clothes, your space to sleep, on your back. and you set up camp at some lovely place, where the air is fresher than your lungs know what to do with. we went up north in the lower peninsula of michigan,Continue reading “adventure, adventure :: backpacking in the moonlight”

snippets of summer

enjoying life. smelling the flowers as much as possible. being asked to “drive” the Jeep off road out of a HUGE, DEEP, MUDDY hole… this angle does it no justice!  i got us out though, stellar off-roader that i pretend to be. enjoying the sunshine on this beauty’s face as much as i possibly canContinue reading “snippets of summer”

share your blooms

if you have a gift, you are given that gift by the Creator to share. you may be funny like ellen degeneres. you may be kind like mother teresa. you may be joyful like a child after scoring their first goal. whatever it may be, it MATTERS. a strong voice for the needy, a gentleContinue reading “share your blooms”

the breath of freedom

the curtains take in deep breaths, as if they know i need to. the hum of the day, the dusk settling in, my lap warmed by the addictive portal. i speak of kindness, of loving your neighbor, but it is more than that. we must love our words too. protect them fiercely, know that theyContinue reading “the breath of freedom”

what YOU want

the hardest part for me about this here blog is writing for YOU my audience. i don’t know who you REALLY are. i know i have family members, and friends, and even a few strangers. so, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. for reading, especially for commenting. for traveling to this little siteContinue reading “what YOU want”

today i want to tell you

THERE’S A REASON YOUR HEART HEARS A BECKONING. THERE’S A REASON THAT YOUR TEARS FALL WHEN THEY MAY. THERE’S A SILVER GUILDED SILENCE THAT WRECKS YOU IN THE MOST UNIMAGINABLE WAY. THIS IS YOUR DREAM. THOSE ARE YOUR SIGNALS. YOU WERE MEANT TO LIVE THOSE DREAMS BEFORE YOU ARE NOT ABLE. DO THEM. GET THEM.Continue reading “today i want to tell you”