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Winter Mantel + Homefires

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Early morning or late at night Comfort is found by the fireside Cold winds blow and sorrows come Grace and shelter and peace at home

By the time the clocks are turned back, the days have gotten shorter, and the cold winds have begun to blow, I am pulling out winter lights and sparkle to infuse our home with cozy warmth.


The mantel is where the changes are most evident from one season to the next. The other day I stripped it bare, definitely a noticeable change!


After a bit of cleaning, I dressed it in calming whites and twinkling lights with a wreath of red to add color.


My sisters and mom gave me the wreath for my birthday a couple years ago, I white-washed the terra-cotta pots this summer, and my daughter Jacquelyn sketched the wintry scene to complete the list of new pieces on display this year. I love incorporating items I already have in fun and unexpected ways.


What a joy to have my very own artist-in-residence. I tell Jacki the picture in my mind and she brings it to life on a…

Frosty Windowpanes

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I sat cozily ensconced by the fireside, feet up on the recliner and coffee in hand, admiring the slow and steady spread of pastel colors across the sky. It was the coldest morning of the season and frost glistened on the windowpanes.

I paused to give thanks for these small joys...and reached for my camera to capture a wee bit of the beauty.


Who gets any particular delight out of frosty windows? Some may see it as a problem and wish they were newer and tighter. I do too! Some might never even notice the glittering panes in the first place. But I choose to see beauty in this grand old home with all it's imperfections and inadequacies.

Sometimes I forget. But I actually do search for inspiration in the simple, everyday details of my surroundings. It is a worthwhile discipline and one that yields pleasant surprises otherwise unnoticed.


It really is amazing how much brighter each day becomes when I delight in plain, uncomplicated pleasures right at hand.


Perhaps I'll have new, air…

Anniversary Celebration in Winnipeg

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"Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage." Hebrews 13:4
Simply stated...give honor and remain faithful...but simple does not equal easy. We have found that complexities abound and difficulties are routine, however, if your relationship with your spouse is forged in the fires of dedication, communication, and patience, you will discover greater degrees of joy, security, and love than you could ever have imagined. 

We enjoy a level of love, friendship, and trust today that is totally unmatched in all the previous years of our marriage. I don't have all the answers as to why that is, but I have a growing suspicion that it arises not so much from the easy-breezy days as those too-tough-to-handle situations when our only option is hanging on to faith in our Lord and commitment to each other. And I am so glad we did not abandon the covenant we made to each other twenty-four years ago. My Dale is my best friend!

We were asked to sing at an event in …