Posted in The Home Front


Definition: noun. a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns at regular intervals, typically attached as a porch to a building.

My porticos (past and present):

I’ve only lived in two houses that had a porch. The first was a nice covered porch. The full length of the house. 7 white columns which upheld the covered roofing of the porch (I always hated that there was an uneven number). No railings between the columns but definitely a 1’ drop from the porch to the ground. On occasion porch sitting, after a long day of work, with kids playing in the front yard would happen. I’d try to gulp down a steaming hot cup of coffee. I say “try” because… Well. Because. I hate coffee. There, I said it! I have tried over and over to like it but I just Do Not! Anyway, at that time I didn’t realize how much I’d grow to love porch sitting.

Fast forward 3 years or so…And I now have the second home with a covered porch. I call it a home; it’s an apartment. An apartment which is the basement of a home. A split level home, where the top floor has tenants as does the bottom. Confusing I know. Anyway, what is considered my “front” porch, is actually below the top floor tenants’ covered back porch. Further confusion. …but it’s absolutely lovely. It’s tiled flooring, which I love, because no fear of splinters if you’re without shoes. It has 4 circular columns, which line the edge of the porch to the yard. Parallel to the columns is the exterior of the red brick home, with a large 2-panel window with white shutters. Then a full glass wall / door into the “entry way” of my home. I’ve added a rug, a couch, and a fire pit (which I’ve wanted for a while and finally bought for myself this last year). And to top it all off, I’ve lined the white ceiling with outdoor bulb lights for evening time porch-sitting. Side Note: I’m still trying to outsource the work of hanging a TV for music or even movie watching but have yet to find anyone willing to do this task. Anyway, this home, this porch, is by far probably my most favorite place on earth. Aside from the beach (keep that in mind, as you’ll want to remember that for later in this post). One of my favorite humans even calls it “The Happy Place.”

Why? Why do I enjoy the portico?

So, now that you can picture the porch you’re sitting within, in your mind, I can actually write the post I set out to write. Whew! Like I mentioned, I didn’t realize that those initial porch moments would grow into my porch now being my favorite spot in my entire home. Growing up, I was never, and still am not, an outdoorsy person. I don’t love to hike or bike. I don’t like to camp. I don’t like to fish or play sports outdoors. I have allergies which make me crazy if I’m outside for too long. Really, the closest thing to me enjoying being outside is riding in a convertible with the top down. (Sad, I know). However, as I moved into this home, I knew something special had to come of this porch; hence adding the rug and couch.

When I first moved in, and still now, I sweep the porch. At least weekly, sometimes more pending the dirt build up, etc… Keep in mind it’s actually a long porch, and therefore takes some time to sweep. However, I love to sweep it. I own a leaf blower which would be so fast and efficient, especially with 3 kids, but I’ve never used it. Not once in the 8 months I’ve lived there. Sweeping, Ive discovered, on my porch, helps clear my head. And…I get to be in my favorite spot a little longer. Sometimes just me and my thoughts. And sometimes, if it’s been an icky day, I can escape and sweep away all the negativity. And breathe.

And today. Today I spent ALL day out there. In “the happy place.”

Not sweeping all day. Ha! I’d be a crazy person if I did that. I mean, I did sweep at the end of the day, but the morning, I simply started off my “work from home” day, in the crisp spring air, laptop in hand and sunshine glistening off the freshly mowed (from the day before-otherwise I’d been sneezing up a storm) grass. My kids got there and we continued to just stay on the porch/yard. Not necessarily on purpose. It just, happened.

Starting the day!!
Rain-Made creek
Evening activities❤️

We ate lunch, snacks, and dinner out there. I finished my work day out there. They climbed trees and ran races and jumped in the “rain-made” creek I now have in the back yard. And even after dinner and after creek-jumping, as bath-time rotation started, we stayed. And we cranked up the fire pit and plugged in the bulb lights and roasted marshmallows. And I swept.

And as I was sweeping, my daughter said “oh I love this, it’s like the beach!” (And remember from earlier, I love the beach). I stopped. I smiled. I said, “yes dear, it is!” And just like that, I’ve definitely created a “happy place.” It’s freeing and simple and warm and refreshing. Just like the “beach” vibes give to us when we are there.

So, my conclusion: our portico is our “portal” to our “beach” (mindset at least). I LOVE that. And I love even more, that my kids sense and feel and love it as much as mom!

Posted in Random Ramblings

What to write?

There are so many articles and thoughts and memes and posts to read write now. Especially since we’ve all been given the gift of time; extracurricular activities are cancelled, schools are closed, sports are suspended, restaurants and such are take-out only, and we are to practice “social distancing.” Which alternatively means, now we can watch all those shows we’ve been trying to binge on Netflix for weeks (like YOU in my case) or we are taking walks (almost everyday!) or we simply scroll social media for the latest COVID-19 update and case numbers (20x a day).

So as I sit here, I wonder. What is it that people would want to read write now.

Do you want to hear words of encouragement. Do you want something to distract you, like a post about music or make-up. Do you want a book review (well, tough luck on this page because I haven’t read any to review lately LOL). Do you want to hear more truths on the matter of what we’re facing.

With all that in mind, I simply decided to note my quarantine life thus far. Maybe that’s interesting. Maybe not! Oh well.

Day 1- Monday March 16, which was supposed to be a travel day for me and prep for an important German visitor, turned into working from home, doing conference calls about our preparations and proactive planning for Coronavirus impacts to our business, eating ALL day, a walk at the park, and cooking Turkey Bolognese with carrots and celery (and other ingredients of course). Combined with watching “Contagion”. While that may seem a little twisted watching such a movie given what we are facing with COVID-19, it was so good. Very enlightening about how quickly germs spread! A Must see!!

Day 2- Tuesday. Working from home. More conference calls. More emails. No walk because it was pouring rain. Cooking Turkey stroganoff. And watching “Uncut Gems” .

Day 3- Wednesday. Working from home. BUT…today I got actual work done instead of just meetings (yay!). Today, I ventured into the outside world…the dump and picked up my prescription a. Then a short walk. Cooked pasta + Turkey meatballs (you see a theme here…) and watched “Outbreak”. Another movie about a deadly virus that spreads quickly. Another must see, if I say so myself.

Day 4-Thursday. Working from home, but on my awesome porch. It was such a nice day! Perfect for outdoor working. A nice walk in the park. Leftovers!! No cooking. Thank the Lord, I was getting exhausted (haha-if you don’t know, I don’t really like to cook). Then watched ESPNs 30 for 30, “Fantastic Lies” about the Duke lacrosse case from 2006. Very good!

Day 5- Friday. Worked from home until after 5! I know it’s Friday! But anyway. Picked up groceries and a swing set I had ordered for my kids. Cooked Turkey Tacos (delicious btw). Watched, what I’ve been told are two classics: King Pin and Hot Tub Time Machine.

Day 6-Saturday. Slept until 11:30am. It. Was. Glorious. And the rest of the day includes getting gas, a walk, and hanging out with one of my dear friends at my home (staying 6’ away from each other) binge watching Netflix.

Day 7-Cleaning. Laundry. Meal planning for the week (this is my first time doing this, so fingers crossed-hahaha). Spending the evening bathing and hanging out with my sweet babies.

So yes. A week with very limited exposure to the outside. Lots of patience in learning how to work from home, daily. More cooking in one week then I have done my whole life. And LOTS of movies and documentaries, including a couple I didn’t mention…no idea when they fit into the week, but somehow they did: ESPN 30 for 30 Micheal Vick’s documentary—which I do recommend. Horrible Bosses movie. Parks and Recreation episodes. 12 Monkeys movie.

As we enter week 2, Stay safe and healthy. And enjoy outdoors and family time.

Posted in Jesus Jabbers

In uncertainty: Love ’em Like Jesus

March 21, 2020

Today as I woke up and fianlly decided to get out of bed and start my day, I did what probably most of us are likely doing in the circumstances we are facing with COVID-19,  I started scrolling Facebook.

As I did, I came across posts of Churches moving to online opportunities, so you can still attend, just via a screen from the comfort of your couch.  I saw posts of people sharing scripture or asking “what scriptures are you leaning on” during this season of life where we are facing many uncertainties.  I also came across several Coronavirus updates; another case for our county, government mandates, and finally one that said 627 people had died in Italy from Coronavirus from Friday-Saturday (24 hours!).  That one stopped me in my tracks.  I was shocked. Stunned.  I’m sure there have been numbers like that before in China or other countries, but today, it stood out even more.

I finally was able to scroll on and when I did, I came across a post from Natalie Grant.  Her and her husband were sitting at the piano and while he played she sang to Jesus, in the simplistic ways of her worshiping her heavenly father.  The video had a few different songs and lasted about 10 minutes; it was beautiful.  Bernie, her husband, plays the piano in the most brilliant of ways and her singing with him was simply a work of art, one that helped bring some solace for me in that moment.

As I continued to listen, I thought to myself, why is this happening?  Why couldn’t this outbreak have been quarantined immediately, why wasn’t it stopped?  Natalie sang words of “letting the storms be tamed and that everything that comes against us be bound by Jesus’ name.”

As I kept listening to the words of the songs, songs I even know and worship to, I wondered what about the person who doesn’t know Jesus would say as they are watching this.  “this” being this video of worship or posts about online opportunities to watch your pastor or scriptures.  What is in their head?  Are they saying “but Jesus let the storm come and rage against us”?

So I text one of my dear friends…”I’m a Christian.  You’re a Christian.  We love Jesus.  People are saying it’s time for the Church to rise up.  But…if i was a non-believer, my first question would be, ‘if your God is a God of Love, why is He allowing this.  People are dying.’ and so what do we say”

SIDE NOTE:  Before you crucify me with your comments, please think about how you came to know Jesus.  Some of us were raised in church, it was our upbringing.  That’s why we know and act and do what we do today.  So please keep in mind that “non-believers” doesn’t always mean those with addictions who we want to classify or assume that they have shunned Jesus”.  No, sometimes “non believer” simply means they grew up in a homelife that wasn’t as fortunate as some of ours.  So simply put, lets just be heartfelt and open for a moment about the “non believer,” because we were all that at some point.

As we chatted and I continued to ask other folks this same type of question:  why is this all happening.  I got answers like “this IS the end time”, or perhaps only “signs” of the end times, and also maybe it’s simply to “get our attention”.  That we as a people are too focused on ourselves (#selfish) and our lives, and we need to slow down.

As this days begins to end, I came to my own conclusion of sorts.  I don’t think I’d have an answer for the non believer who would ask me why Jesus is letting this happen.  Because from my heavy heart today, I don’t want to be a person that scared them into knowing Jesus or scares them away, I think I would simply be honest and say, “I don’t know, I have that same question myself.  But what I do know, is that He is still God of this world” (and use examples in my own life that reminds me daily, He’s still there, and share those).

I think what’s most important in this very critical season we face, is that we, “we” the Church, “we” the Christians, “we” the ones that know Jesus, have to love like Jesus loved.  That’s all.   It sounds so simple, I know.  But Jesus was simple.  He didn’t necessarly share with folks things that would scare them.  I feel like by telling anyone “it’s the end of times and you need to know Jesus” or more or less trying to “scare” them to know our loving God, is not going to work.  The way in which the Church should rise up, is by being the literal “hands and feet” of Jesus; which is what we are called to do afterall.  We can take lunches or coffee or gloves or supplies to those on the frontlines.  You can cook a meal for that elderly person down the street that you know doesn’t know Jesus.  You can call and check in on your co-workers that you now don’t get to see because of shut downs or working from home office.  You can share your toilet paper! (Because seriously people, if we love Jesus and aren’t sharing TP, we got problems-LOL).

So I hope today, that somehow this post simply urges you to share with those around you, in some way/shape/act/form, how Jesus simply loves you daily.

Stay Safe and Healthy.