Little Blessings on the Prairie

You Be You

Sometimes rivals are represented by teams we compete against or a person we hope to outdo. A coworker can be a rival, a prettier or more athletic girl. But perhaps the greatest battle—the greatest rival—is the one we create in our minds. The person we think everyone wants us to be. We create a false…

Rivals Becoming Friends

My husband informed me that the NCAA tournament is finally underway. He knew my blog posts for the month were about rivals, so I asked him. "Do rivals ever become friends?" He looked at me for a second--about to shake his head, then smile, "Well, maybe." I once had a neighbor. We were friends before…

The Muddy Rivals

The first showdown over ring-around-the-rosy in the schoolyard was just the beginning. I guess it all started because Laura was willing to stand up to Nellie and her controlling nature. If fighting with Nellie was a school subject, Laura would have aced every test. They had their share of experiences to fuel the rivalry—Jason and…

Madness on the Prairie

Every March rolls around and the same thing happens. There’s a madness in the air I can’t ignore. My husband is constantly checking tournament scores, filling out his bracket, and filling us in on the highlights of college basketball while we eat spaghetti at the dinner table. After almost twenty years of marriage, I have…

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…

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