Category Archives: Family


Impossible Made Possible

  Just nine and twelve years old when we made our first visit to Namwianga Mission in 1997, our children took to life on the mission like ducks to water.  Soon after arriving they had made friends with many of the children there, so when one afternoon our daughter confidently stated … Read More


Adventures in Silk Land

A friend recently told me that she receives notifications when I add a new post, but she waits until she is home with her husband so they can read them together.  This was a very affirming  and encouraging statement, but I must confess it also … Read More

Pink Rose

So How’s That Working for Me?

As I have mentioned in an earlier post, my rememberer seems to be broken.  That part of me has never functioned at full capacity, but of late it is in a terrible state of disrepair.  Friends and family try to encourage me with stories of their … Read More


Time Marches On

The hay bales in the field next to my grandmother’s house that provided hours of fun for the grandchildren on Thanksgiving day are mostly gone.  Only a few bales remained Easter weekend, and the space were they once were was covered instead with beautiful bluebonnets in … Read More


April in Bloom

It’s that lovely time of year when Earth springs to life, and for about a week we have spring in West Texas.   Weekend temperatures reaching the upper nineties reminded me that summer is lurking just around the corner, but for now I am content to enjoy each fleeting … Read More

Amethyst & Hyacinth

Memories in Shades of Purple

  There is an area in southern Zambia where pretty amethyst stones can be found glittering along the roadside, thrown from the mining trucks that rumble along the rutted dirt road that travels by Kabanga Mission. I have gathered theses stones on my visits there, … Read More

Sugar Cookie Hearts

Sweet Holiday

A few days over thirty years ago my husband carved a special message to me in a heart-shaped stone from the banks of the Krishna river in India.  Many of the things I brought home with me from that trip have disappeared over the years, but … Read More

Coconut Cream Pie

Pie Perfection

Nothing nicer than coming home from a hard day at work to find this:   Which quickly became this: Ahhh…now that’s what coconut cream pie should taste like. Not like the disappointing slice I had at a small cafe where we had dinner with my … Read More

Teacup lessons

Three Lessons from a Tea Cup

A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards. ~A.A. Milne   I’m not an expert on what would comprise a Proper Tea.  I’ve enjoyed  High Tea at the Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia, and it was marvelous and … Read More


More Than Enough

You’ve probably heard about all you need to hear from me about my year with the big “C”, but when I heard this video and my daughter’s reflections on the experience from her perspective I thought I would share it with you. I’ve copied her … Read More