Posted on 2.09.2022 by Jody Noland


Have you ever been given a gift at a funeral? No, neither have I.

But gifts of Leave Nothing Unsaid were given to those who attended the funeral of 84-year old Jacob "Jake" Hammrich, a beloved resident of Ipswich, South Dakota (population 954) in June, 2021.

Posted on 2.02.2022 by Jody Noland

 Have you ever heard the old adage “when you’re inside the jar, you can’t read the label?” If you are a mom or dad, grandparent or mentor, you know those words are  especially applicable to children.

From an early age, our children reveal who God created them to be. We see glimpses of their natural wiring and inclinations practically from birth. 

Posted on 1.26.2022 by Jody Noland

The late Truitt Cathy was known for asking “How do you know if a person needs encouragement?” His answer? “If they’re breathing!”

Well, if you’re reading this, I’m counting on the fact that you are still breathing. (If not, please call 911 ASAP.) Like most of us, you are probably thirsty for some encouragement.

Posted on 7.14.2021 by Jody Noland

When a “milestone” birthday is looming in someone’s future, there is often an accompanying sense of dread.
Rarely is someone saying “Oh, yay, another year older! I’m hitting the big one!”
As children, we can’t wait for that next birthday celebration, the thrill of getting a learner’s permit or (legally) ordering a drink! Yet most of us seem to stop being quite so excited about birthdays around the ripe old age of 25. 
But turning 40? 50? 60? 70? 80? Ugh. 

Posted on 6.08.2021 by Jody Noland

Earlier this year, I finally summoned the courage to begin a new relationship.
Yes, the decision required a LOT of thought and prayer.
Was it wise to open my heart again?
Could I even trust my judgment and discernment after my tumultuous last few years?
After nearly a year of COVID-induced isolation, I decided having plants as my only living companions was not enough. So, I swallowed hard and took the plunge.
I decided it was time to reopen my heart!
Yes, friends, I got a puppy! 

Posted on 5.31.2021 by Jody Noland

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for their friends.” John 15:13

Posted on 5.20.2021 by Jody Noland

Think teachers don’t make a massive impact in our lives? Think again.

Posted on 1.24.2021 by Jody Noland

Seriously. What do you think of when someone asks about your highlight reel? For most of us, memories of life’s best moments come to mind.

 Maybe it’s your wedding day, the day your children were born, getting the job of your dreams, writing a best-seller, winning a big game or reaching a level of financial success. Undoubtedly, your highlight reel would include your most joyful days of answered prayers and dreams come true.

Posted on 1.17.2021 by Jody Noland

Mother-in-laws. They’re the brunt of countless jokes and the subject of endless conflict.  If you’re raising children, you know that the time will eventually come when your own offspring will “leave and cleave” and their spouse will become the #1 focus and priority. It’s natural. It’s healthy. And you, too, might eventually become that maligned or underappreciated mother-in-law.

Posted on 12.20.2020 by Jody Noland

I have a challenge for you, Friends! Consider making this meaningful stocking stuffer for someone you love. 

No, you don’t have to go shopping or order something online and pay expedited shipping charges to get this done in the last few days before Christmas.

Nor do you need to be “crafty.”

All it requires is a little bit of time and a heart full of love.

I promise you, it is a gift that will be cherished by the recipient for years to come.