Tag: volunteer

Why I am saying yes to less

Why I am saying yes to less
Yes to less – this is my motto for 2016. Less stuff. Less commitments. Less is more. Why am I saying yes to less? Three reasons: Time Energy Commitment When I say yes to too many things and too much stuff, my time and energy are spread too thinly, and I do not give my... Read more »

When to speak and when to be still

When to speak and when to be still
As part of Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow, we’re given a topic at 9pm and have one hour to write, edit, add photos if we choose and publish straight up at 10pm. Tonight’s topic is this: Share your favorite quote (or quotes) — from a philosopher, author, comedian, politician, friend, family member, movie, whoever — and... Read more »

A2H:Ashes to Hope - How teenager Katie Costenaro is changing the world

A2H:Ashes to Hope - How teenager Katie Costenaro is changing the world
                    Are you making the world a better place? The teenager pictured above is. Her name is Katie Costenaro, and she is changing the world one family tragedy at a time. Katie’s Story Katie is a 17 year-old, high school junior in Braidwood, IL. She is... Read more »
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A miracle or an extreme coincidence? I know which one it was...

A miracle or an extreme coincidence? I know which one it was...
Several years ago, the church I used to belong to was walking through some very difficult times. We’d lost 4 of 6 pastors, had about half of the congregation leave the church (many came back later), and the handful of us still there were holding things together by our finger tips and lots of prayer.... Read more »

Confessions of a room mom with sensory issues

I wasn’t asked to be a room mom for my youngest’s winter party this year, and even though this is her last year of having room parties, I wasn’t sad. I helped with the Fall party, though! Don’t get me wrong, I love my daughter and enjoy spending time with her, but being a room... Read more »

How I get to help with the kid's Christmas program

How I get to help with the kid's Christmas program
One of my most favorite times of year is Christmastime. I love the songs, the TV specials, the family time, the presents, the good cheer, the parties…yes, I love Christmas. Most of all, I love that we are celebrating our Savior’s birthday – best birthday party EVER! As my regular readers know, I walked through... Read more »
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Are you a decision maker or a commitment maker?

Are you a decision maker or a commitment maker?
I heard a great message during service this morning that got me to thinking. The question posed to us was, “Are you a decision maker or a commitment maker?” In some things, I’m a commitment maker: 1. I’m happily married for 18 years. 2. I’m a sold-out, born-again Christian, and I share my faith in... Read more »

Joyful and Healing: I am home

Joyful and Healing: I am home
I am joyful and healing, because I am home. Over the last few months, I’ve gone through the agonizing process of leaving a church home and finding a new one. The process would not have been agonizing if I’d just followed God’s lead in the first place. You can read the early posts, Heartbroken and... Read more »

Joyful and healing: how doing the right thing changed everything

Joyful and healing: how doing the right thing changed everything
            Many of you have been on this spiritual journey with me that began in the blog post Heartbroken and hurting: how doing the right thing is rarely the easy thing , soon followed by Heartbroken and hurting: saying goodbye is never easy. Thank you for coming along on this adventure, because I... Read more »
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What I miss most in my life

What I miss most in my life
Tonight is the last Wednesday of the month, so, therefore it is Blogapalooz-hour here at ChicagoNow. Tonight’s assignment, if we choose to accept it, is to write about something, someone or someplace that we miss. We have one hour to complete the assignment. I am an hour-and-a-half late. It’s 10:30pm, and I just realized I... Read more »