Crowning Glory…

  • Susan Ford
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  • January 20, 2019
  • Teenagers have long been front and center in my life. I love young people and the energy they bring. Teens are sometimes thought of as being self-centered and perhaps, once in a while, that can be true, but more often than not, most teens will rise to the occasion and show the world who they […]

    It is not sunset just yet…

  • Susan Ford
  • January 5, 2019
  • Never think you are too old to begin new adventures! In December of 2018, after witnessing the wedding of our son, this grandmother of 11 climbed Mayan ruins near Merida, Mexico and jumped into underground Cenotes in the Yucatan interior. At Christmas, I learned to kayak in the Pamlico sound of the Outer Banks, NC. […]


  • Susan Ford
  • January 2, 2019
  • Last year, I determined to be more intentional. Intentional about many things actually, but listening was one of my top areas in which to be intentional.  The practice of listening, it has been said, is the “lost language art,” and I believe it!  We often listen only long enough to formulate our answer or we stop […]

    The 1st Sunday of Advent… Hope

  • Susan Ford
  • December 3, 2017
  •       There is, in my heart, an almost childlike anticipation each year for the celebration of advent!  This year I am especially excited, although, I suspect that I say it each year.  The preparation of our hearts for the coming of Messiah and taking of time to reflect on what that means, is […]

    Always, at this time of year…

  • Susan Ford
  • November 25, 2017
  •           It is always, at this time of year, that I miss these people most of all! My “Aunt” Marie and my “Uncle” Harry were my only family in Miami, Florida, for over five years. They were some of the most selfless people I have ever known.  Marie Pfeiffer Ingalls and Harry O. Ingalls were […]

    When Autumn Leaves…

  • Susan Ford
  • November 24, 2017
  • In 1959 I was in the fifth grade at Swansboro Elementary School, which sat high above the White Oak shore in coastal North Carolina.  That year, in our little school choir, we learned Autumn Leaves.  I can still remember singing the lyrics and feeling so very sad for the person who wrote the song, and sensing the […]

    Come Ye Thankful People Come…

  • Susan Ford
  • November 21, 2017
  •      As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I cannot help but remember when this celebration was one of the highlights of the year!  Weeks before, in school we would begin making Thanksgiving day crafts of pinecone turkeys, or pilgrim people. Our classrooms and homes became a filled with fall leaves and colors as we turned […]

    Mercies New Every Morning…

  • Susan Ford
  • November 12, 2017
  • No matter what we feel like on any given morning, the truth remains that God’s mercies are new every morning!  I am not, nor have I ever been a morning person. Unlike my husband who wakes up early and is ready to face the day with joy, I tend to procrastinate, often running late and otherwise […]

    A Season of Preparation…

  • Susan Ford
  • November 11, 2017
  • The weather has, at last, turned colder in Eastern, North Carolina. Today we built a real wood fire in the fireplace and burned candles for accent. Many places have already decorated for Christmas and advertising holiday specials abound.  The Christmas decorations will be placed about the house, but not a minute before Thanksgiving is over! It […]