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Girls Gone Griffith: Mostly Positive Communication About In-Laws/Decisions

 In this post, Camilla issues a relationship call-to-action. I needed the reminder. How about you? 


I wouldn’t call decision-making my strongest suit. I can be lazy with my decisions – putting them off until someone else forces me into a decision or makes the first move. Or sometimes I “make a decision” but don’t tell anyone… […]

A Word About Haiti

I returned from Haiti the day before hurricane Matthew slammed the country, so this is not the blog post I thought I’d be writing. I thought I’d tell you about the Bible studies and the Women’s Conference. I thought I’d share how God moved in our midst and how powerful it is to worship with […]

Where Do I Find Hope?

I’m leaving for Haiti on September 24th, and I’d like to ask you to pray for our team. Since this is my second visit to the country, getting ready feels a little different this time around. I know what to expect logistically so I’m not as nervous about the practical side of the journey. I’m […]

The Future is Fueled by Hope

In my last post, I told you about my dad’s injury and his Sunday school class. You can read how he participated via cell phone here. There’s breaking news in this story and I’d like to bring you up-to-date: My daddy’s taking a cab to church.

No, it’s not an uber, although that option has […]

When You Join with Those Who Gather in His Name

I need to apologize. I haven’t written in a while and it’s not a good thing to just disappear from relationships with no warning or explanation.

Jim and I took a lovely vacation and then just as we were heading home, my dad fell and broke his hip. I spent time with him and also some […]

Girls Gone Griffith: Mostly Positive Conversations about In-laws/Prayer

My family has entered the birthday season. It begins in August and stretches to November. Every two weeks we have another amazing person to celebrate.

For years I spent the months of autumn planning a party or recovering from the event.

The best party I ever gave involved a sandbox and dog treats. The middle child was […]

My Uphill Climb

Jim and I are taking a road trip along the coast of Maine. We’ve spent much of this past week hiking and enjoying the breathtaking scenery of Acadia National Park. On Tuesday we decided to rent bikes. The young woman at the shop in Bar Harbor pointed to a trail map and assured us that […]

Girls Gone Griffith:Mostly Positive Conversations about In-laws/Change


I’ve recently encountered a lot of change in my life. In the past year I got married, moved in with a boy for the first time, got a new job, added another job, Luke started and finished school, got a job, and quit his job. All of this led to a really cool opportunity for […]

The Walls Came Down

Last week a group of women from our Tuesday night Bible study provided a Vacation Bible School for the children of El Faro United Methodist Church. 38 kiddos and 18 adults spent four evenings learning what it means to follow Jesus.

We turned jars into lanterns and made paper prayer chains. We assembled bags of toiletries […]

Girls Gone Griffith: Mostly Positive Conversations about In-laws/Get the Order Right

I regularly ask myself if what I think about a particular topic really matters to my readers. Each day you are bombarded with messages and you have to separate the valuable from the irrelevant. I believe you will only continue to read the words I write if you regularly find something of substance and meaning […]