Category Archives: Inspirational

Remembering Stuff

I love the word stuff. It’s a funny and fun word. It sounds “full.” Not really onomatopoeia, but sort of … if you say it right. And it can relate to anything:

“I have too much stuff.”Stuff2

“I like you and stuff.”

“Wanna go out and do stuff?”

“I’m stuffed!”

You get the idea.

Currently, I am remembering stuff. Memories of our life here in the St. Louis area. People. Moments. Times. Events. Craziness. And stuff. Continue reading

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My Biggest Accomplishment in 2015

You are probably expecting something momentous with that heading. Or mind-boggling. Or really spiritual. Or …

But …

Here it is …

I gave up all sweeteners in my tea and coffee!!! Yay me!!! Way to go, Pat! Continue reading

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Amazing People

I am lucky. I’ll be you think you are, too. I know some amazing people.

I know people who take pictures like this:

barn with gorgeous clouds

You can click on the picture to go to her website and see more beauties. Continue reading

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Almost Christmas!

I was pondering this morning … 16 days until Christmas.

I’m not normally a super stressed person and this year I have helped myself out a ton by doing the majority of my shopping in October. It was wrapped by the first weekend of November. So now I can sit back, do a few extra things, go see lights with my grand-kiddos and just enjoy. Continue reading

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Book Signing Week!

Yes, indeed. It is book signing week. This Saturday, December 12, 2015 I will be signing copy of my children’s novel: Caitlin’s Summer Adventure at Words of Wisdom Christian Bookstore in Swansea, Illinois. Continue reading

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A New Chapter

Sometimes we long for a new chapter in our life for what feels like ages. Other times it pops up before us like a beautiful vista after cresting a hill. That is where my husband and I are.

At a new chapter. A new beginning. A fresh adventure. Continue reading

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Everyone has a story …

Have you ever pondered that?

Everyone has a story Continue reading

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A Penman Ponders …

That seems to be what I do. I ponder things. I love to think about things. Odd? I know.


frog pondering

I remember, years ago, when a young co-worker found out that I did not turn the radio on in my car. She freaked. Seriously. It was hilarious. She did some research online to find out how many people don’t listen to music while they drive. Especially when they have a long commute, like me.

Suffice it to say I was in the minority. Vast minority. Continue reading

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Saying Thank You

What a thing to say — thank you. It’s not hard, but then sometimes it is, for a variety of reasons.

But it is a lovely thing to have said to you. Thank you — whether it is for a kind gesture, a gift, a thoughtful comment, or anything done whether big or small. Continue reading

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No Matter What

I thought you would enjoy this meditation by a friend from church, Lori Braswell:

No matter what…..those 3 words we use quite often in our day-to-day lives.

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