Time is a precious commodity, isn’t it? We hold the time we have close to us and do our best to spend it where we want to spend it. More often than not, I realize that it’s not my time, it’s God’s time. He has gifted me with life, which means he is the timekeeper. … [Read more…]


“My name is Mamie, not like Eisenhower, because I don’t have any money.” That’s how I was introduced to the homeowner, whose house we worked on while serving in Crisfield, MD last week. We should have been able to meet Lewis too, but he had had a stroke a few weeks back and was in … [Read more…]

Joy of the Lord

I’ve started writing several posts over the last week. But I never hit the “Publish” button. Too much stress. Too much whining. Not enough actual content worth sharing with the world. Halfway through this week, I am leaning into the Lord because any other route will be fruitless. I am wearing this bracelet today: It … [Read more…]

UB of the Week

A long while ago, when I updated the name of my blog to Unexpected Blessings, I started “UB of the Week.” I got away from sharing that weekly and it’s time to reinstate it, since this theme very much drives my purpose for blogging. I will bring it to you on Friday or Saturday, as … [Read more…]

The Secret to Meal Planning

One of the “weekly chores” that I have come to enjoy over the last few years is cooking the meals. My spouse and I divided the household chores and I had no problem with grocery shopping and cooking if it meant I didn’t have to clean the bathroom or do the dishes! It may have only … [Read more…]

Why I write

I am participating in a 7-day blogging challenge and Day #1 is to share my manifesto, as in, “Why I write”. Eight years ago, I wrote this in my first ever blog post: “Perhaps I am being a follower, but reading other people’s blogs has inspired me to create my own. I like to write, and … [Read more…]

Remembering Joy

This past week, I played handbells for the first time in three years….THREE YEARS. This is kind of a big deal. My history with musical instruments isn’t very consistent. I loved piano lessons in elementary school, but as I got older, other activities became priorities (and now I wish I would have stuck with it). I … [Read more…]