Create Memories

Create Memories Blog

The coronavirus has changed our lives. Rather than worrying about of the situation, create some great memories with your family. Like the smell of wood burning, one day your senses will remind you of the wonderful days spent together at home. Instead of watching the news 24/7 and stressing about social distancing, spend your energy creating great remembrances.

Drought Index

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We are all experiencing some sort of drought with the coronavirus now in the USA.  Are you relying on the Lord for the assurance that He is ultimately in control? Please share how you are finding JOY in spite of these difficult days.

Flight 93

My husband and I stopped in Shanksville, Pennsylvania this summer on our way home from vacation. This isn’t your typical vacation spot, but our son had encouraged us to stop and see the temporary memorial site from Flight 93, which crashed during the attacks on September 11, 2001.I have to admit my initial response was a little mixed. There didn’t …


While recovering from major surgery I had a day of setback. My pain seemed different and more painful than previous days. As if the pain wasn’t enough to dampen my spirits it was a dreary morning. There was very little sunshine which eventually lead to pop-up thunderstorms in our area. Though the storms and rain weren’t close the gloomy gray …

Tough Love

Sometimes in our lives we exhibit tough love to a friend or family member. Tough love is the moment you give another adult an ultimatum as a result of their bad actions. Tough love is a two-way street though. Your offer for help may be accepted or it may be rejected. If the person continues down the wrong road, you must rely on the power of prayer and seek understanding from God. Now that is truly tough love!


So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, …

Introduction to Live Life in Full Bloom

We recently remodeled our master bathroom. One of the first steps in the project was the removal of a six-foot-wide mirror from the wall. It now leans against our bedroom wall, but it has been rotated. Instead of being six-foot-wide, it is now six-foot-tall which gives me a totally different perspective than before. We do not intend to leave it …

Social Media

Last night I read an article about the ten practices which should be eliminated from the church. The writer felt that sermons should be eliminated from the church service, which totally shocked me. They compared the length of the sermon to the attention span of people as a result of social media. They didn’t feel it was a valuable use …

Who Are You?

While Pastor Kathy was leading the Communion mediation, numerous times she asked the question, “Who are you?” The odd thing is, every time she asked the question, she was looking directly at me. I was starting to get a little paranoid and leaned toward my friend Angie and whispered, “Why does she keep looking at me?”

She replied, “I don’t know, but I was wondering the same thing?”

The first time Pastor Kathy asked the question I thought to myself, well I’m Joe Conklin’s daughter. A phrase I have proudly said all of my life. Other thoughts included: Jim Rodman’s wife, Matt and Ryan’s mom, Bill’s sister, author, grandma, friend. All the while I was missing the entire point. What Pastor Kathy was trying to get each of us to understand is who does Christ say we are.

So now I am asking you, “Who are you?”

Long Distance Friend

I have recently become friends with Leah as a result of my first book. We have never met in person. I’m in Ohio and she lives in New York. I love reading her blogs and seeing how her faith is strong through the many struggles in her life. In spite of these struggles she is always focused on Christ and …