December 15, 2018

akr inspired | 105

Christmas Dinner
Eastern Nazarene College

When this picture was taken, I didn't know that...

in 3 months, I would be dating the guy on the left

in 6 months, we would be planning a wedding

in 9 months, I would be visiting his family in Michigan

in 12 months, we would be walking down the aisle

Textbook | Math

December 14, 2018

akr inspired | 104

Three (plus) favorite football movies -

1. Woodlawn (2015)

2. Greater (2016)

3. Remember the Titans (2000)

4. We Are Marshall (2006)

5. Facing the Giants (2006)

6. Rudy (1993)

December 13, 2018

December 10, 2018

Quote | Childhood

It's what we played, and who we played with,
that often leaves a mark on our memories long after childhood passes.
- Sophie Prideaux

December 8, 2018

Slice of Life | where you live

What is the best thing about where you live?

It's quiet.

When we first moved here, I remember thinking it felt like Grampie and Grammie's camp.

Just the birds singing and the soft creak of a screen door.

December 7, 2018

Slice of Life | 10 Minutes about Today

Saw - a full tank of gas when I got in the car which meant Jim had noticed the empty tank and then dropped by during school

Heard - encouraging words from an intern on the way to my car

Tasted - toast and milk for breakfast

Felt - sad about more waiting

Appreciated - being invited over to a friends' house tonight even though we couldn't go

Thought about - how wonderful (and fun) Mom and Dad are

Decided to - wait until tomorrow to decorate the tree and had a nap on the couch while Ethan played video games and Jim helped someone with the volleyball set up

December 6, 2018

Counting Blessings

morning gratitude

before you begin your day, list ten things you're grateful for

1. cozy bed

2. toast and milk

3. electricity

4. running water

5. quiet

6. washing machine

7. computer

8. books

9. heat

10. pencils and paper

December 5, 2018

December 3, 2018

akr inspired | 99

My cousin, Glenda, was home this week, and she learned something about our great grandmother while out shopping with my mom. I asked if I could share her story here.


During a recent visit to the Mission Thrift StoreI purchased a pencil case, handmade by a person with the last name “Horsman”.  Later that day, my aunt, who was shopping with me, recognized a couple she knew in the parking lot of another store, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Horsman.  This led to a conversation about the pencil case and its possible origin.

As they conversed, I shared that our great grandmother was Viola Horsman, wife of Noble Lutes. Mrs. Gordon Horsman, realized she knew her as “Mrs. Noble” and proceeded to share this beautiful story:

Mrs. Gordon Horsman’s father was the pastor of a local Baptist church. She remembers our great
grandmother and her sister, Hazel, always sitting in the last pew. As a young girl, Mrs. Horsman was very conscious of a “crooked” front tooth and didn’t like to show it. One Sunday morning, when she was leaving the sanctuary, which meant passing by the sisters, “Mrs. Noble" said to her, "You have the smile of an angel."

Mrs. Horsman then spoke these words, smiling unabashedly, "It’s amazing how a few words can change a person’s life."