My Five Journeys

When I thought about today’s prompt, I found some difficulty thinking about my life as just one single journey. Maybe that’s because there are five major things I’m focusing on right now and each one affects the others yet all of them are equally journeys on their own.

  1. Living – Trying to improve some major areas of my life. There are things I’ve been doing for a long time and I need to quit. There are just as many things that I haven’t been doing that I should be. This of course, would be the main lane of travel on this journey, but it’s more than just existing and moving forward. I need to be specific and intentional and that’s where the next four “journeys” fit in.
  2. Juice Plus – It’s giving me the opportunity to focus my time and energy on what matters most to me – my family. I love the freedom to choose my own hours and still be here when my family needs me. Plus, it is a product that actually does what it says it does – bridging the gap between what I’m eating and what my body needs. I’m also forming some major bonds with my youngest daughter as we make simple changes in how we do life that will lead to healthier versions of ourselves.
  3. World Vision – Ten years with the Child Ambassador Team this November! It is such a blessing to see people here (U.S.), get to connect to people there (in over 100 countries). The fact that I’ve been able to connect more than 80 children to caring and loving sponsors amazes me and inspires me to continue. The things I’ve learned and the places I’ve traveled to make up a huge part of who I am. I know God called me to this and I’m excited to see where else He takes me!
  4. CoastLife – “The best is yet to come!” That phrase is said a lot at my church and for the first time in a long time…I believe it! We are a growing community of believers and I love to serve alongside them to reach more people in our area.
  5. Writing – Trying to get more of this stuff out of my head…lol. I still have so many words stuck in my brain and now that I have the opportunity to work on getting them out, I’m excited to see what makes the cut.

Anything But Empty

When I first looked at today’s Daily Prompt, my mind kinda went blank. Nothing in my life is empty right now. My hubby is at work…doing a job he loves. My oldest works two jobs and is busy planning his wedding and the other three kids are occupying their time separately throughout the house. I’m sitting at my desk and writing. We’ve got some Green Day rocking for background noise and tonight the five of us are serving at church tonight – jazz/poetry night with the middle school kids.

My plate is full. However, there are families all over the world that can’t say the same. I think about them daily – especially the ones I sponsor. My sponsor kids are in communities that are in their final stages of development though, so they are getting closer to self-sustainability and that is a wonderful thing. Oh hey, today is Wednesday and I was talking about talking about World Vision on Wednesdays, wasn’t I? I guess I got to sneak that one in there…lol!

Nonetheless, I am very grateful for the things and people in my life right now. There are a lot of horrible things going on in this world, but I’m glad that being empty isn’t one of those problems for us. I pray it stays that way. 😉 For those that are feeling empty…I’ll be praying for you too! 🙂

One Child At A Time


Where did hope find me? Where did I find hope?

One simple memory. A child’s smile. A renewed attitude. The idea that the little things I do can make a difference. A big difference. Not just for me but for others.


Since today’s Daily Prompt is about hope…let’s just roll with that shall we?


Once, my sponsor child brought his letter to an end and wrote this to me:

Thank you for praying for me and my family. I and my family we pray for you every day for God’s blessings to you. Let me end by saying that I thank God every night since I found you. You came into my life when everything seemed so dark but you provided the light to find my way. You are so special to me.

~Dan , Uganda

The light to find my way? I did that? Did I really provide hope for this little boy and his family? I began this post with “where did hope find me.” I guess hope found me in Uganda 10 years ago. The memory of darker days from a small boy. The smile on his face that wasn’t there before. A new attitude of hope.

Here I am and there they are/were. So many opportunities for me and not so much for them. And yet…they were praying for God to pour out His blessings on me? Comparatively, He already has/had…

That little boy has grown up and moved away, but I’ll never forget how the hope I provided for him and his family renewed my hope that even the little things I do matter.

I’m sure I have more to say about the topic but my mind is tired from a hard day…so I’ll leave it alone for now. Hopefully, I’ll have some more World Vision Wednesday thoughts to share next week. 😉

Thanks for reading!