**Congratulations to the 150th rootedandgrowing.com follower, Laura R., from Waterford, VA!  Laura will receive a few of my favorite things!**  (written by Kathy and posted earlier on the MomsHooPray website) Bleary eyed from just waking up, I trudged to the kitchen to make my morning Darjeeling, a strong black tea. I like it black—just plain […]

As the days grow shorter and darkness descends earlier, it’s good to revisit the story of the Jack-o’-lantern, reposted below. Until six months ago, my family had our very own brightly lit human Jack-o’-lantern. A Halloween baby, Mom was our sweetest treat every day of the year.

Happy Heavenly Birthday, Mom. We love you and miss you. Continue reading

Recently I posted a piece on collegeprayingmoms.com acknowledging ways in which many of the women involved in MomsHooPray have Tested Positive In a Pandemic. As life continued to be “challenging,” and parents and students struggled, I encouraged these moms to shore up their own faith by turning to God’s word—in order to pivot. Pivot from […]

It’s September. Time to learn and explore something that will improve our lives! So this is my shameless plug for reading and studying the gospel of John for the first time—or the fiftieth time—because it’s that good. The gospel of John is where Jesus makes 7 compelling claims about who he is. And those claims […]

Valentine’s Day is so over.  Heck, it’s almost March Madness; time to “spring ahead” to Daylight Savings Time; time to finish those dark chocolates and pull out the bright green! Nonetheless, when I heard Milan and Kay Yerkovich share their theory on How We Love, I saved it for you. For right now. It’s time we figure out this thing called love, so we can love our mates — really anyone — better. Continue reading

This time of year, when the days grow shorter and darkness descends earlier, it’s good to revisit the story of the pumpkin, reposted below. (Afterwards, be sure and watch Interior DesignerLisa Luby Ryan, tell how she finally opened the door on all of her deepest, darkest secrets,  Continue reading