July 25, 2010


I’m not the most faithful blogger in the world, but I have been keeping our Rock Steady blog going and it’s actually been a lot of fun. Check it out 🙂

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Like you, I can’t believe it’s March already. I am thankful that I’m not experiencing the typical March weather as experienced in the mid-west/east coast… it’s nice and mild here in San Diego 🙂 I’ve been really involved with Rock Steady since December 07 and excited for the coming opportunities this year. I’ve been doing fairly well on my goal for this year – reading 1 book a month. I’m on book #3 and it’s March. yay for me! There are, of course, other areas that I haven’t been doing so well in, but perhaps we’ll wait for another time to share those things…

How are you doing with your “new years resolutions”/goals for this year? This is the point where the realities and rhythms of life as we know it thus far threaten our new goals to change for the better, so I want to encourage you to pick it back up and keep trying. Long-terms goals are reached but a day at a time. Make today count and move towards your goals in just one way today 🙂




This is going to be a great year – I can feel it. In 6 months I’ll be celebrating my 30th birthday, as will Jonathan! We send you all the best wishes and faith-filled prayers for this coming year. More to come soon…and no, I’m not pregnant.

When I was in Nashville for Thanksgiving, I asked my Dad early one morning if he could show me how to make his yummy buttermilk buscuits. I was keen enough to grab a piece of paper and a pen to take notes. It was a great father/daughter moment. I came home, went shopping for buttermilk (who carries that anyways?) and got to work. They didn’t turn out half bad. I’m pretty proud of myself 🙂

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I had quite a few early morning times with my Dad before anyone else was awake. I had my Dad all to myself and we would talk about life over a cup of Gevalia coffee. These were precious times after feeling the distance of years gone by without actual face to face time. I am so thankful for the gift of sharing our thoughts, hopes and dreams together. I will cherish it forever.


In less than a week I’ll be in Nashville with my bro, sister and Dad’s side of the family for Thanksgiving. Must remember to bring my cowboy hat!

This is my Grandma, me and my Dad 2 years ago in Nashville at Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.


I just love that the holidays brings family together. Now, I know not all family gatherings are civil, but I still do my best to enjoy them. Time just goes by faster and faster each year, so treasure it!


**Update – here’s an “after pic” with all 3 of us at Grannyma’s!


This is Grannyma now… with blonde hair


the “Freemons” at the airport



One young woman describes her experience  – I remember when I was ten asking myself as well as older females in my life how a woman of God could actually be confident, scandalous and beautiful, yet not portray herself as a feminist Nazi or an insecure I-need-attention emotional whore. How can I become a strong woman without becoming harsh? How can I be vulnerable without drowning myself in my sorrow?

Strong words, but I think she covered a lot of ground in that one statement quoted early in ch.1. Staci Eldredge (co-author) goes on to say

I know I am not alone in this nagging sense of failing to measure up, a feeling of not being good enough as a woman. Every woman I’ve ever met feels it – something deeper than just the sense of failing at what she does. An underlying, gut feeling of failing at who she is. I am not enough, and I am too much at the same time.

Uh YEAH. I can completely identify with this. I can identify with this on a daily basis, no, several times a day in big and little ways.

…The result is Shame, the universal companion of women. It haunts us, nipping at our heels, feeding on our deepest fear that we will end up abandoned and alone.

Try adding the experience of divorcing parents as a child and the abandonment issues can grow exponentially.

…The message to the rest of us – whether from a driven culture or a driven church – is try harder….And in all the exhortations we have missed the most important thing of all. We have missed the heart of a woman….Your feminine heart has been created with the greatest of all possible dignities – as a reflection of God’s own heart…And so the journey to discover what God meant when he created woman in his image – when he created you as his woman – that journey begins with your heart. Another way of saying this is that the journey begins with desire. …We think you’ll find that every woman in her heart of hearts longs for three things:

  1. To be romanced
  2. To play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure
  3. To unveil beauty

That’s what makes a woman come alive.

To be honest, when I read up to this point I wasn’t fully comprehending the three things women long for. I can understand #1 and as for #2, I understand the great adventure part. #3 – unveil beauty? Uh, not so much. I think I’m still transitioning into the whole womanhood thing and I’m ok with that. I think that growing up as the oldest of 3, somewhere in there I grew up too fast, and became strongly independent, too independent. I struggle to understand how God made me as a woman, especially as a wife. We’re on the journey together!

Do you identify with any of the 3 things women long for?

Staci Eldredge wrote this book along with her husband and I have never read a book where the authors are so transparent, especially Staci, and the end result is that I think this book is straight anointed. But that’s just me. Keep reading to find out for yourself!