For all you Nat’s fans out there, today is the season opener!  I know you’re excited. Very excited. Good for you!

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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

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