back yard stories

My Word of the Week: Revelation

rev·e·la·tion – noun \ˌre-və-ˈlā-shən\ : a usually secret or surprising fact that is made known : an act of making something known : an act of revealing something in usually a surprising way : something that surprises you __________ Recently, I’ve been intrigued by birds. It started when my dad gave me two birdhouse gourds that I […] Read more

My Word of the Week: Growth

growth – noun \ˈgrōth\ : a stage in the process of growing, “full growth” : the process of growing : progressive development : increase, expansion, “growth of the oil industry” On Saturday, Steve and I built our garden. I could have said “planted” our garden, and that would have been true. Eventually, we dug holes in dirt and buried […] Read more


I’ve been feeling sorry for myself the past couple of days. Yesterday at church I saw my name in the bulletin for prayer, and though I love that people care about me and pray for me, it made me sad that it’s my name there. It was selfish and self serving. I certainly don’t want […] Read more

Message in a Bottle

My sister and her husband had been doing some improvement projects around their yard — planting hostas, digging out an old retainer wall, filling in gaps in the yard — when they found a hidden treasure. A burial ground of old bottles.  There were soda bottles, medicine bottles, lotion bottles. Some of the bottles were […] Read more