From the monthly archives:

February 2009

Dear Karen: Is Y2K Finally Here?

by Karen on February 26, 2009

This morning, out of the blue, I got a Facebook message from an old friend. He asked, “Are you still waiting for Y2K to hit?” I’d like to share my answer to that question with a little background first. For many of my friends who knew me in the late 90’s, I was very involved […]

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Murdery Mystery Dinner

by Karen on February 15, 2009

When life feels like it is getting a little crazy (or too serious), it seems crazy not to have some fun! On Valentine’s Day, our dear friends hosted a Napa Valley Murder Mystery Dinner. It was a hoot! We all were assigned characters — and characters we were!   Clockwise are Bonnie Lass, Ralph Rottinggrape, Papa […]

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Our family is fairly involved with kids with disabilities. My husband and I are on the board of Young Life Capernaum, an incredible outreach to high school kids with special needs. Our daughter, Stephanie, works full-time with Friends Life for young adults with special needs and volunteers with YL Capernaum. But at the risk of […]

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Why I love downtown Franklin

by Karen on February 11, 2009

Steeple at Cumberland Pres. in Franklin This photo was inspired by my friend Randy Elrod. Hopefully, imitation is still the highest form of flattery.

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God on the Beach

by Karen on February 11, 2009

Sometimes you can see God’s heart in something simple like the light in the sunset. This is a photo I took at the beach in Emerald Isle, NC this fall with my sweet daughter Kelly.

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Russian Countryside

by Karen on February 9, 2009

Russian Countryside

I took this picture in the countryside of Russia. In the last two years I have gone to Russia three times with Children’s Hopechest to visit orphanages and care for the caregivers who work with them. Russia has an estimated 800,000 orphans. This picture was on a river by village that was sort of like our Williamsburg (only older). It was lovely and so displayed the rich beauty of Russia. I’m learning how to reduce and post pictures so please be patient with me as I figure it out!

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images-1Okay, friends. I fell off the wagon again… that is the diet wagon.

I had been attending a wonderful conference all week hosted by my friend/neighbor/blogger Randy Elrod. It was wonderful, stimulating and exhausting all at the same time. I did great all week. Salmon with no rice, salad with dressing on the side, no desert, I even ordered milk for my coffee instead of cream. But by the end of the week I was toast.

My downfall started with a simple glass of red wine…

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