Gardeners Touch

Getting to the ROOT of Change

Cultivating Life’s Garden

The pruning and cultivating are the life lessons, where the process of growth is in the hands-on, active work. Branches need to become strong enough to support the fruit without breaking. This is where lasting change takes place; where healthy roots are established through strength and perseverence.

A Season Such As This

Advent has so much of a focus around Mary, the mother of Christ and the things she pondered in her heart.  This has been a season such as this for me as well. A season of reflection.  A season where my heart was drawn to the God who humbled Himself and entered the womb of …

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The Weight Of Our Words

The weight of our words are so very powerful, not simply in how we use them but also the effect they can have on others.  Despite the old rhyme about sticks and stones, names can hurt us, no matter what our age and they can find a home deep down in our soul.  Those words …

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Transformation

For the first time in many years, my husband and I have been breathing new life into a few projects around the house in need of transformation. We have always liked a good project to dig our teeth into.  Over the years, taking care of our growing family, our time didn’t lend itself to a …

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Dear Mom and Dad – Congratulations!

With high school and college graduations happening this time of year, I thought the below story would be wonderful to share.  As I reflect on the many graduations we’ve been through these past 15 years, I recall one speech in particular that grabbed my attention.  There are so many things that a speaker can highlight …

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I Was Born To Be A Farmer – Paying Attention To The Distractions In Your Life

There are days where I think I have the attention span of a squirrel! Seriously – I’m all set and on a mission, then suddenly I’m distracted by someone or something and I can do a complete 180.  Like when I head to Hobby Lobby for one particular item and suddenly find myself with more …

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This Gift Called Motherhood – To My Children

So many days I find myself unworthy of this gift called motherhood.  Not only was I blessed to share in this act of creation once, but God blessed me four times.  As I lifted my very first child into my arms, I felt an overwhelming love that I thought would burst through my chest.  The …

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Are We On The Same Page?

For all my sisters out there…..I’m so Melinda!!  Don’t worry if your view of Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart isn’t up to par with all the ads and videos you may be watching today or what other’s tell you it should look like.  Love comes in all shapes and sizes.  God’s placed you just where …

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Cooking Through Lent With Your Kids

The kitchen has always been the hub of our household; the center of conversation. What better place to have meaningful conversations with our kids about our faith. Lent is a great time to teach them our faith story through cooking.  Cooking can be a visual reminder of the story you are telling.   Not only are …

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Keeping Your Kids Engaged Throughout Lent

Can you believe that we are having conversation about Lent already?  Weren’t we just swaddling the infant Jesus and celebrating His birth? I’m blogging over at Catholicsistas.com today.  Link to my post here for some creative ways to keep our faith story alive with our kids.

New Year – New Beginnings ~ Resolutions and Listening

While others begin their New Year with countdowns and resolutions, I prefer to review and bring order to my surroundings. For as long as I can remember, heading out on New Year’s eve and ringing in the New Year really hasn’t been my cup of tea. The thought of partying all night and paying for …

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