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Grandparent: The Verb I Am

My first grandchild, my granddaughter Isla (pronounced “eye-Luh”…as in Island), turns TWO today. As we prepared to celebrate her little life at a Minnie Mouse themed birthday bash, I got to thinking about the things I would be willing to do for her. I got to thinking about the effect grand-parenting has on those of… Continue reading Grandparent: The Verb I Am

Kimly's Trade

Why I am Thankful for my Failure

Today is the final day of a fundraising campaign that didn’t reach its goal, and we are thrilled about it failing. There are a couple of reasons the failure  brings us pleasure. First, it is a reminder that God has called us to walk by faith in all things. The phrase, “One Step at a… Continue reading Why I am Thankful for my Failure

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My Favorite Shoes I Barely Wore

When I was fourteen-years-old I joined my High School’s Track Team. Impressing my classmates with my agile Kenyan-like abilities, I won the team’s MVP award and garnished the nickname “Jackrabbit Jackie” for my hare-footed speed. Okay, well maybe that’s not altogether accurate. What actually happened might have fewer accolades. During the spring semester of my… Continue reading My Favorite Shoes I Barely Wore

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Don’t Believe Me; Just Watch

I have lived with a nagging, disgruntled voice in my head for an indeterminate amount of time. Late at night, she sneaks into my room, crawls into my bed, and whispers words like, “more” “different” and “better”. Sometimes I don’t recognize her when she comes calling until I’ve listened too long. She’s a persistent dame.… Continue reading Don’t Believe Me; Just Watch

spiritual growth · Uncategorized

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

A friend of mine gave me a great suggestion when we relocated to another state and would no longer live near our toddler granddaughter. She suggested I get a children’s book and read that same book to my granddaughter via FaceTime or Skype whenever I had the chance. My friend was spot on in her… Continue reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Grief · spiritual growth

Feeling Twenty-Two

A baby girl was born twenty-two years ago: flawed, imperfect, and desperately wanted. Her little life ended before she was two, and because a Momma never forgets, on this, her birthday, I am feeling twenty-two. It’s twenty-two years with her, but not. It’s twenty-two years of her here, then gone. But that’s not all it… Continue reading Feeling Twenty-Two

Kimly's Trade · spiritual growth

Ready to Quit, After Four Short Days

Have you ever noticed how as soon as we take that first step in faith, we begin to feel like we are on the wrong path? Ironically, we find ourselves wanting proof where God has called us to walk in faith. Is it just me? Or can you relate? We can be completely confident in… Continue reading Ready to Quit, After Four Short Days

Kimly's Trade

Because I Said So

I didn’t think I would ever say it to one of my children, but then one day it just fell out of my mouth. “Why do I have to practice piano before I watch Sponge Bob?” “Why can’t both of the cats and the dog sleep in my bed with me?” “Why can’t I jump… Continue reading Because I Said So

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Kimly’s Trade, a Novel by Jackie Sill

  American journalist, Kimly Denim, thought again about the man she met crossing the street in the center of the city of Chiang Mai. Something about him had left her feeling like a fluttering teen. Was it his eyes? She closed her own and visualized his gaze. Did he really have gray eyes? It wasn’t merely his appearance. Yes,… Continue reading Kimly’s Trade, a Novel by Jackie Sill

Community · spiritual growth

Jacob and the Pokémon Card

Imagine you’re an active six-year-old boy named Jacob. Like any youngster, you have some favorite possessions, and sometimes you’ll bring those items with you to places that don’t necessarily make sense to adults. For instance, one day while you were getting ready to spend the afternoon doing fun things with your Mom you decided to… Continue reading Jacob and the Pokémon Card