Hi Everyone. I’m 40 today!
Thanks for dropping in to wish me a Happy Birthday on my BIG-40.
I’ve got lots to celebrate, because not only am I forty today, it’s also the launch of my brand new website: Welcome Home Ministry. (Yeah!)
Forty is a big mile stone, so I had to do it big. And seeing this site launched is truly a dream come true for me; and I’m so glad you’re a part of it.
My first post is dedicated to…
a very special lady, my Aunt Barbara, who is virtually my second mom.
My Aunt Barbara has always been the wind beneath my wings. She changed my diapers, bounced me on her lap, lovingly disciplined me when needed, was always in “my business,” and mentored me from my earliest memory.
She introduced me to Christ when I was 16 years old. She walked into my bedroom and presented me with flowers when I was lying in bed, four months pregnant with morning sickness. I was so full of shame. I couldn’t believe that someone like me deserved flowers; but that’s just the kind of woman she is.
Of course, teen pregnancy is nothing to celebrate, but she looked beyond the situation and saw my deep and intense hurt and pain. She told me that very day how much Jesus loved me and what my life could be like if I accepted Him into my heart. I surrendered right then and there, lying on my back, hiding from the world, and I immediately experienced a sense of peace that I can only describe as indescribable.
Today, Aunt Barbara is lying on a hospital bed, reportedly “dying” from cancer. (At least that is the doctor’s report; but we shall see what the Master Physician says.) She told me about 10 years ago to continue working on this ministry when I was struggling in my family life and nothing “good” seemed to be happening for me. She’s been a constant source of strength and spiritual renewal for me and my entire extended family.
Well, Aunt Barb, I made it! (Or at least I made it to having this website.) And this post is especially for you.
Thanks for your love, the talks, the reprimands, the days out at your job, the trips to the Sea Port, the gifts, the special birthday dinners, the marital counseling and ongoing involvement in my kid’s lives. Thanks for everything!
I love you dearly with all of my heart and I hope this site makes your heart dance and sing. I’m looking forward to 40 more years with you!
About my Little House on the Freeway Blog…
This blog is where I chronicle the extraordinarily ordinary, yet wonderful journey God has – and continues to – take my family on.
**Warning**: this could translate into posts where I…–
- chronicle the daily goings-on in my family life,
- confess what happens in my home,
- ramble on endlessly – or sometimes succinctly – about various things (and sometimes “no” thing at all) for any or no particular reason, or
- actually write content that directly promotes healthy marriages and family life (**think…think…think…Nah**)
(Do you see what you’re in for?)
I named it Little House on the Freeway because I love the Little House on the Prairie TV series and the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
I also live on a freeway – complete with four lanes of speeding traffic and a bus that virtually stops right in front of my home. (If that’s not a freeway, I don’t know what is!)
Here’s our Little House family portrait.
We took this back in 2004. I’m not so sure that Mrs. Ingalls would have worn boa feathers around her neck, matter-of-fact, I’m certain that she wouldn’t have. But that’s just the difference between her and I.
I hope…what you read tickles your fancy, makes you erupt into spontaneous laughter and causes you to cry (only sometimes) in reflection. I hope it makes women love and appreciate their husbands more and think about ways they can make the most of the limited and fleeting time they have raising their children.
And I pray…somewhere in between all of that, that Jesus Christ is exalted in the hearts and homes of women as they discover how God can transform their home life into something that’s beyond their wildest expectation!
Let the fun begin…I’ve got a birthday to celebrate!
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