By: Sandy Churchill “When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does.”–Kathleen Kelly, You’ve Got Mail At our house, it is nearly impossible to be objective and unbiased when it comes to reading. We are all hooked, pure and simple. There are bookcases, literally … More Gifts of Reading Help You Grow
By: Sandy Churchill I trust in you, I trust in you, I trust in you… Maybe if I say it enough, like a mantra, my very being will absorb it as an unshakeable truth. Trust is hard. Having faith in the future can be juggling an overwhelmingly weighty barbell precariously on one shoulder, with your … More Trusting in Yourself and Taking Risks
By: Sandy Churchill ‘Tis the season for gift-giving, shopping for the perfect presents, wrapping in a frenzy, and celebrating faith, family, and friends. At our house, there are always the “easy” folks to buy for, those who have myriad interests and a grateful spirit, so gift-giving is truly a pleasure. Then there are the “difficult” … More Gifts of Experience Make Memories
By: Sandy Churchill This year’s Thanksgiving has turned the page, Christmas songs are on the radio, and stores are bedecked in their finest of crimson, silver, and gold. Many of us are in the throes of Christmas shopping and searching for gifts for loved ones near and far, be it online shopping or frenzied treks … More The One Gift Everyone Should Give This Christmas
By: Sandy Churchill There is always a project at our house—usually some sort of craft, be it painting, sewing, crocheting, or gluing and glittering a present of some kind. Sure, we have games and puzzles here and there, but I wasn’t as aware of the constant crafting on the dining room table until my now-son-in-law … More Glitter Anyone?
By: Sandy Churchill Transitions are tough. I know they are as personal as our fingerprints, because we all react in our own ways, our feelings colored by experience, personality, emotion, people, and perspective. But I didn’t expect the nail salon to hit this point home. First, I’d like to say that I am not a … More The Sea of Emotions When Your Children Get Married
By: Sandy Churchill I am one of the billions of people on the planet who has faith in a higher being—to me, God is blessedly in charge and provides a caring, listening ear to everything from praise and gratitude to parenting and marriage challenges, career woes, and world crisis prayers of all kinds. There is … More When Life Has Other Plans: Embracing Change When the Answer is No