Connie Gochenaur

Just a Simple Magnifying Glass

I wasn’t prepared for the reaction Phyllis had when I set the magnifier in front of her.  “Oh my!  Look at that! Can you believe it?  Wow.  I can see … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Encourage the Artist in your Life today

  Some of you, who are artists, might recognize this picture.  It was one of the very first drawings I did as an adult when I rekindled my interest in … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Color Or Paint? Assisted Living Art Class Update

In my last blog post, I promised to keep you updated on the art class at my Mom’s assisted living facility.  We have had two classes since that last post. … Continue reading

August 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

How Art Lessons For the Elderly Teach Life Lessons to Me

“I want to come back, Connie.  Whatever it takes, I want to come home.” It has been almost 2 years since I put “pen to paper” about my journey with … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

Marriage Is About Pulling the Weeds in Your Own Garden

I read an article last night about yet another prominent Christian woman ending her marriage after 25 years. This woman has a world renown ministry.  She writes books and speaks … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Moving Past How Are You, I’m Fine.

I’ve been meeting with a group of women from my church over the past several months as part of a Women’s Leadership Team.  What does the woman of 2016 want? … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

“A Babushka Pirate Named Maude”

A babushka pirate named Maude.  What? I cannot even begin to tell you the meaning behind the title of this post. Well, let’s see… It is the last comment of a group … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Celebrating the Farmer In My House: Write 31 Days

NATIONAL FARMER’S DAY Oops, I missed National Farmer’s Day.   Did you?  It was 3 days ago.  I’m sure I’m not alone as most of us didn’t know October 12 was … Continue reading

October 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

I Still Get To Eat Dinner With My Mom: Write 31 Days

Write 31 Days I walked into the hospital room, and was shocked by what I saw.  A old lady lie in the bed, mouth open, eyes rolled up toward the … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Write 31 Days: Two Choices: Grumble or Trust

I grumble. I don’t want to be a grumbler. But I am. Evidently. As a woman who looks for Divine intervention in her life, I read my Bible, study my Bible … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Soaring, Part 2 of Finding My Joy

If you’re just joining me, I hope you take the time to read the previous post where I expressed my struggle to find joy in my Christian walk.    I think … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

“Being a Christian Is Work” Part 1 of Finding My Joy

Hey there!  Do you ever just feel kind of bogged down in the nitty-gritty of life?  Just trying to make it through the day?  Even as you’re checking things off … Continue reading

August 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

Radiant Like Moses

“Connie, what have you been up to?  Your face is radiant like Moses!” That is how my Pastor greeted me on Sunday morning — after Speak Up Conference.  I thought it was … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

25 Reasons Why We’ve Made It 41 Years

We just celebrated 41 years of marriage.  That’s a very long time.  We married young, too young really, but somehow we’ve made it work.  Thinking about this, I jotted down … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

To My Sister’s Daughter…

I know you lost your Mama way too soon.  You weren’t ready to let her go.  The cancer was ugly and quick.  You barely had time to say good-bye.   It was over … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Doors of the Past: Five Minute Friday

Linking up with Five Minute Friday as I write for 5 minutes on the word prompt: Door. There are 4 very old, dirty doors in our shed.  We salvaged them from … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chocolate Cookies and Her Mama

I was browsing in a local shop the other day, trying to find some little gifts to add to a care  package I was sending off later in the day.  … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Motherhood Is Like A Dance: Step In, Step back, Step Out, Step In

Thoughts about mothers and daughters and their relationships consume me these days.  Motherhood is something most of us ask for and wish for; we enter willingly and with anticipation.   We … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 2 Comments

84 Years Old and Given a New Name

It’s Easter morning.   I didn’t go to church today.  I only remember missing one Easter service in the last 35 years.  It was the day my first child was born … Continue reading

April 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

5 Reasons Your Mom Won’t Come To Easter Dinner

Talking with a friend recently, she shared her disappointment when her mom didn’t want to come to Easter dinner.  “She’d rather sit home alone than spend the day with family?!”    … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

No Spunk Here

The house is quiet.  Everyone, that is Mom and my husband,  has gone to bed.  Recently due to illness, Mom has come to live with us.  I know I should … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

My Covenant Valentine

This is the 42nd time I’ve celebrated Valentines Day with you.  You were barely, if, a man when we exchanged tentative kisses that first year.  I most certainly was not … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

I Did Not Marry A Farmer

I had the first date with my husband when I was 13 years old.  Well, almost.  The story actually goes like this:  My 8th grade best friend called me on … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Lessons Learned from Dad

My dad was an “Archie Bunker” kind of dad.  Any baby boomer knows what that means.  His word was law.  He spoke, we jumped.  And frankly, I was kind of … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

10 Things Every Gramma Should Know:

10.  Taking care of those kids will wear you out!  You think it’s because you are old now.  It is actually because we have chosen to forget the chaos of … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 2 Comments

I’m Up for the Chaos — Bring on the Grandkids Again!

Not only are the windows overlooking my backyard covered with fingerprints, there are numerous nose prints here and there on the glass as well …which makes me smile.  Grass clippings … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · 5 Comments

It Gets Muddy Before We Bloom

A little seed, in a packet, content to be with other seeds.  It is a comfortable, safe and happy place.  Once plucked by the farmer, it is planted in a … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

Do I Need More Blessings?

 — dedicated in memory of my dear friend, Susi, who found her joy, and taught me to see my blessings. My farmer husband is testing the waters today.  Are the … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Some Respect For My Farmer Please

Lately I’ve watched a few people … those who maybe haven’t seen my husband since he changed careers.  They aren’t good at disguising their surprise at the change.  There is … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

I Can Sleep…God is Keeping Watch

Does every empty-nest mother have this hollow feeling as she crawls into bed each night?  Does she mentally think of each daughter or son?  Names them one by one as … Continue reading

October 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Someday… What Will My Words Reveal?

Philippians 4:8  “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”   Philippians … Continue reading

January 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

25 random things about me….. from my facebook page….

1. I started dating my husband when I was 15 1/2 years old (even tho I wasn’t suppose to date until I was 16). I married him two weeks after … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Am I a Mom or What?

A new chapter has begun.  Not sure how I feel about it yet.  Well, that’s not true. Yes,  I do.  My feelings are raw — like a fresh wound.   … Continue reading

September 30, 2011 · Leave a comment

Hebrews 10:35-36

Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have a need of perseverance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. You will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.

2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.