On Purpose


What am I holding on to? What am I letting go of? Two questions out of my Define My Day journal.

But first, a backtrack. I already shared that my very kind neighbor, Sam, offered to let me try out her food processor. So I did. As it happens, our very kind neighbor said we could keep it. It was just collecting dust at her house. Thank you, Sam!

So yes! We’re holding on to you, processor. Processing at the Inn kitchen is kind of fun🤗 Zucchini Gratin with Yellow Squash (mom loved it💗), Zucchini Blueberry Bread (thanks, Kim, for your recipe!) and ordinary humble Cole Slaw.

Hello Spring🌿 You showed up at the perfect time! We welcome lighter and brighter. Farewell Winter. We’re letting you go.

In one of my many readings, I came across this quote: “Action produces traction.”

I’m struggling to gain traction. I’ve sorta stalled. I miss creating my own rhythms. I miss the quiet unhurried pace of my former life before mom’s cancer.

Somedays, with a migraine for company, I feel like I’m on one of those dizzying roundabouts, looking for an exit. And there is no exit. Do you ever feel that way?

No matter how long or ragged the days may be, there is always a reminder, written on my wrist bracelet. Never quit.

Then these ancient words found in Nehemiah 8:10: “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Joy in the goodness of God builds traction.

I’m both holding on and letting go.

And while circling the roundabout, God has given me some pretty great friends. Gifts, really. Because it is hard to hold on and harder to let go all by yourself.

Thank you to so many who have given me the gift of understanding. Thank you to those who are praying for mom (for almost two years now).

And if you are here reading my chatter, I consider you my friend⚘️

Come, just as you are.


PS: If you are on a roundabout of your own, I’ll gladly share my words with you💗 Finding smiles and joy.

10 thoughts on “inn-keeping”

  1. So glad you are enjoying the food processor, and it came at a great price!
    Your mom is in my prayers as well as you. Some days that roundabout just keeps going round and round!

    1. Thanks Dee Dee. You’ve been on your share of roundabouts too💗 And here we are, counting our many blessings🙏

  2. I absolutely loved your post this morning. First, on a lighter note, I absolutely totally love the wonderful food you are making with the processor. Second, and on a more serious note, thank you for your encouragement to keep going, to keep trusting, to keep climbing and to appreciate the friendships the Lord has brought into our lives. I truly consider you and Chuck to be friends, dear friends. Thanks for your writing. – Mike

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. Thank you Mike for adding your kind and uplifting words to my chatter. You have an abundant number of good friends! Chuck and I are honored to be included💗 And yes, God has provided friendships. As Karen would share, “Never forget.” Blessed beyond!

  3. When we lived in TX and mom got sick your mom was so kind as to sit with her for us even though it meant she missed church. I appreciated everyone’s help. Family is everything, both earthly and spiritual family.

    1. What a sweet memory, Raynell. I remember both our moms doing nursery duty at church together. My babies were under their care. Mom still has the “potato salad” large bowl of your moms. Well used when she was still cooking. Thank you for adding your uplifting chatter💗

  4. My good friend told me the other day that is life. Just when you think you’ve got it maybe… something else comes along. Keep up the good work… love to hear from you. Antonette

    1. So very true. In this world we will have trouble. And we know it is the storms in life that deepen us, right? Hopefully not topple us🙃
      Thank you for adding your own chatter, friend. Which begs my question. How far do we go back?

      1. Well definitely since band in Jr. High…. early 70’s?… Many years, many blessings.

      2. I had to ask Antonette because I was almost certain it was you, my classmate. I’m so happy we are in touch again💗 Thank you, technology! And thank you, Antonette, for bringing cheer to my day!

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