New Year – New Word

Happy New Year! I’m super excited for 2019. First of all, I love odd numbers. Since this is an odd year, I’m hoping it’ll be a good one. Secondly, I’m going to take up the one word ‘challenge’ again. I barely wrote about my word in 2017, I wasn’t in the mood to write. I didn’t even pick a word for 2018, again, I wasn’t in the mood to write. But hitting the end of 2018 has me feeling like I’m in the mood to write again, so why not choose a word, a theme on which to center the blog?

What word have I chosen? I’m so glad you asked. This year, I’m choosing the word UNCONDITIONAL. Why? I’ve been struggling to live and let live, to accept life as it is, to let go of expectations of myself and others. Because of this struggle, I’ve been allowing self-pity to rear its ugly head. I’m not okay with this. I’m not okay with this because it shows a lack of faith that I haven’t experienced in some time. I’m choosing this word because I sense the Lord leading me to take this journey with him. God is all about sanctification, molding, shaping, changing me into the person he had in mind from the beginning. And I say yes! Here I am!

So yeah, UNCONDITIONAL. It’s my word for 2019.

What about you? Have you chosen a word for the year? Leave me a comment. 🙂

~ m


After the epic hike I had this past Monday, I decided I needed to break that new personal best. So today I took a hike in the Superstition Wilderness. Yes there is such a place. And it is absolutely stunning in its beauty. The Lord sure knows how to create beautiful things!
I started early, as the sun was rising. Because here in the AZ you need to get a jump on the heat. 

Since I walked 16.5 miles on Monday, I decided to shoot for 18 miles today. The plan, walk 9 miles or 4.5 hours, whichever came first, then double back. I was not having any repeats of being stranded again. 

I have to say I made excellent time. The only set backs being minor. At mile 7ish, I encountered a Gila monster! These are endangered. When I asked him for his photo, he stuck his tongue out at me and moved on. At mile 8.8, I encountered a rattle snake!!! As I came around a curve, I heard the distinct rattle begin, a little too close to the trail I might add. I screamed so loud the rattler took off like a flash away from me! Hahahahaha! That woke me out of my hiking reverie! Other than that and a new blister, this was an epic hike!

18.03 miles! 143.53 miles down, 856.47 miles to go! 

Will you donate $18 dollars to MercyShips in support? You know you want to!

Happy Tuesday!


We’ve been in Arizona for 4 weeks now. I’m loving it so much! I’m so thankful to be here. Thankful. It’s my word for 2015.


595. Roadrunner!!!

596. The top of South Mountain has a spectacular view of the whole valley.

597. A fabulous meal cooked by a fabulous #1.


598. Don’t jump to conclusions — there may be a perfectly good explanation for what you just saw. Proverbs 25:8 (Message)

599. Confirmation that I jump to conclusions way too easily.

600. Learning sooner than later the importance of foot cream in the desert.


601. Praying for 2 of my patients for peace before surgery.

602. Sharing a short version of my testimony with 4 people in my OR room.

603. Learning that one of my coworkers is 100% Native American is so exciting!


604. #1 has 2 new job opportunities.

605. Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian community and the museum and the hospitality of the ladies and being invited to return for mesquite pancakes.

606. Dinner with Jess and Bryan and Riley and #1.


607. #1 got 2 job offers and starts a new job on Monday!

608. The power keeps failing. In the sunshine.

609. I have a patio.


610. Sunrise on McDowell is beautiful.

611. Power is out again and the gates are closed. Trapped inside an apartment complex. Haha. But the water still works!

612. For the neighbor who called the emergency number.


613. Camelback mountain is even more gorgeous up close.

614. Echo canyon trail. I need closed toe hiking shoes.

615. 33-35 Oh, let me sing to God all my life long, sing hymns to my God as long as I live!
Oh, let my song please him; I’m so pleased to be singing to God. But clear the ground of sinners — no more godless men and women! O my soul, bless God! Psalm 104 (The Message)

Happy Sunday!