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blogger, bibliophile, story-teller, Christian, wife, educator, nerd

I lost my dear friend, Debbie Parker, this week.

I honestly still cannot comprehend how someone so vibrant, energetic, strong, competent, and positive could be gone so fast. I used to tease her that I was afraid of her because she was just a force of nature. She entered a room like a strong wind and things got taken care of very quickly and efficiently when she was on the task.

But the truth is, there isn’t anyone with as big of a heart as she. She loved and was loved by everyone around her. She was so easy to talk to about absolutely anything and everything. When we disagreed, it was honest, but polite and respectful—something many have lost the art of. Her desk was right outside of mine for years and I cannot count the number of us that she took under her wing—mentoring, coaching, and just listening. And she fed us. Dear Lord, that woman could cook. Entire Thanksgiving dinners, St. Patrick’s Day feasts, and yummy desserts.

But what she gave me, that no one else ever has, is a hope about aging. Many wonderful people I know have found ways to age gracefully and to find the best in it. But Debbie taught me it can be embraced. She found things in her life now that were markedly better and she encouraged me that new seasons would have improvements, as well as detractions.

This new season without her is going to hurt. But I’ll take the pain for all that I have gained as her friend.

My sincerest condolences to her daughter, Kait, and son, Drue. And to her sweet fluffy furbaby, Mia.

May God Bless her and keep her.

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FurBaby Mia

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I have just started reading Exodus and have come to the account of the conversation between Moses and God about going to Egypt to demand the freedom of the Hebrew people.
Moses' shepherding staff caught my eye and I made a note of it in my notes journal. It almost becomes its own character as the story unfolds and it got me thinking that it must symbolize something fundamental, like Jesus or the Holy Spirit. ...continue reading "The Staff of Moses-Dynamic Post"

In October, my husband and I went "back to church". We started attending a new church, Rocky Mountain Calvary, which had been introduced to us through friends years ago.

I am now in a women's bible study which is studying the names of God, using Kay Author's book, Lord, I Want to Know You.

Today's reading was on the Name Elohim. God is the God of gods; and God is Creator. ...continue reading "Elohim, God of creators"

After my blog season in Lent, work became really busy and I let it take over my time. Here are some highlights. Hopefully I'll be able to circle around and take a closer look at some of these events in future posts: ...continue reading "Summer Update montage"

I'm awake in the middle of night. Sadly, this isn't exactly a rare occurrence.

Also not rare, I can't get back to sleep because I'm angry about something and I am ranting about it in my head over and over and over.
I have had this problem my whole adult life.

...continue reading "Grains of Sand (from April 1)"

Over the last year or so, I've been working my way back through the Chronicles of Narnia. I just finished A Horse and His Boy today, so I have been thinking abut providence, which is supposed to be the primary theme of the story.

I am ambivalent about providence. ...continue reading "Providence- A Horse and His Boy"

Day Two in NYC

While I continued to feel like Fifel the country mouse while in the big city, there was enough going on with my work project, that it helped me to focus on taking care of business.

Once business was concluded, I put on my bravest face and went wondering around midtown. I walked up fifth avenue and even tried some tourist shopping- but that's just not that fun for me. ...continue reading "Lent 2016: March 24, Day 44- NYC, Day 2"