7 July 2021

What’s On Your ‘Real’ To-Do List?

Dan and I are camping at one of the mountain lakes in our area this week. One of the loveliest things about camping is this: it affords the opportunity to put away to-do lists.


Kayaking on Lava Lake against the backdrop of South Sister
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30 June 2021

What are you homesick for?

With scraps of wood from the pine that lines the ceiling of our new addition, Dan and I fashioned a house number sign. Now, if we need to find our way home, the address is hanging beneath the light fixture just to the left of the garage door.


Just to the left of the garage door
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22 June 2021

Is this Plan B … or Part Two of Plan A?

In a 2015 post, I wrote about driving from Oregon to southern California and being escorted off the Pacific Coast Highway by two highway patrol cars.

It struck me as odd that there was no traffic on the PCH. None behind me, none ahead. But I enjoyed the show as the sun painted a watercolor sky and then bowed off stage behind the Pacific Ocean.


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16 June 2021

How not to be anxious

I’ve been here before. I recognize these Naugahyde chairs, the clink of glass wheeling past on carts, the overhead speaker announcing “Code Blue” in Room 617.


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7 June 2021

Is your life a story worth telling?

I recently ran across a quote that resonates with me:

Make your life a story to tell. Accumulate memories, not just possessions.


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1 June 2021

Are you an influencer?

On a normal year, there are anywhere between 100-120 family members. COVID took center stage last year and the family reunion was cancelled. For the first time ever.

But an unofficial invitation was sent this year. Turns out, 76 people showed up. And fun was had by all.


I love seeing a man in the kitchen (especially my man)
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26 May 2021

But Lord … I don’t want to wait

My friend, Emma, is a year out from the loss of her husband, who valiantly battled cancer before leaving her with three children.


Photo by Duong Chung on Unsplash
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18 May 2021

Here’s how tea can reduce the world’s problems

It’s official. I’ve turned my husband Dan into a Chai tea snob.


Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
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11 May 2021

What will you do when an adventure falls to you?

That great philosopher Winnie the Pooh once said:

I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen. 

A. A. Milne

This speaks to me of my new husband, Dan.


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4 May 2021

How community is forged from imperfect people

Back in the days when televisions fit into cabinets, this primitive hutch housed a TV. It once served as extra storage for kitchen items, and it once set outdoors for a spell, housing vegetable seeds and flowerpots and garden tools.


Funky curved doors with fingerhole openings
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About Me

Hello, my name is Marlys Johnson Lawry. I’m a speaker, award-winning writer, and Chai tea snob. I love getting outdoors; would rather lace up hiking boots than go shopping. I have a passion for encouraging people to live well in the hard and holy moments of life. With heart wide open.

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