If I Had Known…

If I had known I would have… Stayed a little longer. Hugged a little tighter. Spoke only of the good things in life instead of complaining about the bad. Listened more and talked less. Asked more questions and remembered the answers. Prayed with you more and not take YOUR prayers for granted. Thanked you for loving […]... Read More

the POTTER’s house – part one

One year ago today, I was a patient in what is known to many as Duke Hospital. Duke is a well known medical center, but to me it’s the Potter’s house. On September 24, 2014 I had Open Heart Surgery for Heart Valve Replacement. A gifted surgeon performed the surgery. I was in good hands. […]... Read More
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JUST get up

In my last post, I wrote about Gideon, the Mighty Warrior. Gideon was an ordinary guy doing an ordinary thing when God called him to be a Mighty Warrior. God promised He was sending Gideon, He would be with Gideon, and Gideon would have victory over the enemy. All Gideon had to do was to […]... Read More

said the ROBIN to the sparrow

Overheard In An Orchard Said the Robin to the Sparrow “I should really like to know, Why these anxious human beings Rush around and worry so?” Said the Sparrow to the Robin, “Friend I think that it must be That they have no Heavenly Father Such as cares for you and me.” This poem by […]... Read More

your HEART is well

Nine months post Open Heart Surgery to replace my Bicuspid Aortic Heart Valve, the surgeon declares my heart “fixed” and tells me I don’t need to see a cardiologist anymore. Well, that’s certainly good news. All my life I had a murmur and now it’s gone and I don’t need a cardiologist. My heart has […]... Read More


I remember Caitlin’s first weekend at home after she started college in Charlotte. I remember the excitement of having her home, of cooking her favorite foods, and cleaning like we were welcoming an honored guest. The meal I served was akin to a Thanksgiving feast. Caitlin remembers coming home, taking a nap and waking up to find me […]... Read More

simply because HE loves us

“For you are a holy people, who belong to the LORD your God. Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” Deuteronomy 7:6  The Israelites stood on the banks of the Jordan River ready to claim the land God had promised them. Moses is […]... Read More

RED among the pink

Each Spring, I plant Impatiens in pots around our deck. Pink Impatiens and ONLY pink! You may ask “why pink impatiens? A little OCD?” The reason is…I can’t kill them. My thumb isn’t exactly green you know and Impatiens are the only thing my floral history shows I can grow. This Spring was no different. I planted […]... Read More

Again and Again

Again and Again. The Bird kept hitting the window again and again. Each morning at work, we gather for a “Morning Huddle” where we discuss the day’s schedule and patients. One morning, while I was still a “newbie”, I heard a “thump” during the huddle. I thought a patient was coming in the door but […]... Read More