When my oldest was a toddler, he thought raisins were “Candy.” He thought tomato soup was “Red Hot Soup” and baked beans were “Cowboy Beans.” I renamed all of the above to make them more palatable because I needed him to eat!   Continue reading

For those still trying to figure out what this rootedandgrowing website is all about, I know this — it is not about me. But it is posted by me. So a little background: Long ago in a far away galaxy, I wore the hat of an art director, which is kind of like a movie director. Continue reading

Tradition.  To be honest, I’m not one to stand on it.  Turkey at Thanksgiving?  Not necessarily.  One year I served homemade lasagna — and my family loved it!  But some ideas are worth adopting and turning into traditions, lived out year after year, like Noticing Your Necessary People, by Karen Ehman.  And some virtues, like the ones noted in this Country Music Award Song of 2016  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

I’ll bet a cupcake most of us can sing this song — and mean it — at least twice a year. Close your eyes and just… Listen

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One evening last summer, I made a special visit to a local furniture store.  And a lot more than furniture met my eye. Continue reading

When well known and widely sought after Christian writer and speaker, Lysa TerKeurst, expresses her feelings of loneliness, she might remind us of our own insecurity.  But she doesn’t leave us there.   Continue reading

by Alicia Bruxvoort


I’d stepped into marriage with grand plans to dance happily through life with the man I loved. But seven years and three kids later, our union felt more like a stumbling shuffle than a tantalizing tango.

For years, Walt and Annie struggled with infertility, but in a single moment they realized that God was writing a beautiful story for them that was over 20 years in the making.


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