Little Blessings on the Prairie

Long Gone Love

After a full month of love posts, I want to talk to those of you who feel that love has been taken away. Maybe due to a broken relationship or even death. It can be difficult to see people around you in love. Everyone seems to be enjoying the love of their families, while your…

This is Me!

I thought the beach would be bright and sunny. The waves crashing and the gulls flying. But instead, I got stuck in the hail for my Live Video yesterday. My theme for February is love and I thought it would be the best place to share. Usually the beach proclaims love in everything I see…

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

When I think of this saying I imagine myself plucking petals from a white daisy. I remember back to the love interests of my past—me wondering if a boy could be trusted with my heart. Aside from the saying, of course I think of Little House and the last chapter of season six... Nellie being put in her place by Percival--and a basket of eggs.

Puppy Love

It’s February, and love is in the air! Puppy love, that is. Our adorable Bernedoodle Mo just had her first litter of puppies on Monday. I am as giddy as a grandmother, anxiously awaiting our first visit on Sunday afternoon. I never really thought about it, but being a grandmother is a strange thing. If…

Celebrate with Singing

Do you love to celebrate? I do. Josh and I were married on September 11th, 1999. Yes, I know… sad, sad day. But in 1999 it wasn’t a sad day, it was the happiest of days. Our 20-year anniversary is coming and you better believe we are going to celebrate. We are planning a big…

Stepping Out

As I think about this new year and all it holds for me, the phrase "Bravely Surrender" keeps coming into my mind. Brave enough to step out, but humble to throw up my hands in surrender. In November, I attended a conference for speakers called Leverage. I know this year will bring lots of opportunities…

Spending Less and Giving More

When I think back, one of my favorite Christmases focused on this very thought. My older sisters and I were in college. Money is scarce when you go to school for a living, but we discovered that the amount of money you spend does not determine the quality of the gift. Our tiny table-top tree…

Navigating Loneliness

Our puppy-dog Mo was gone for a night--she had a rendezvous with a handsome poodle who may have gotten a little frisky with our Berniedoodle. The kids were absolutely lost without her. Honestly, it was pathetic. "Lonely to the core of his being" were my son's words. Today after school, the Mo-snuggles resumed and all…

November Quote Contest, Because I’m Thankful for You

When we all gather around our tables, passing dishes and filling plates--I'm thankful. The candles reflecting off beautiful ceramic pumpkins and seed pods and matching cloth napkins--my heart flickers too. Some of us share out loud--one by one around the circle--after plates are cleared or simply pushed back to create room for spoken words of…