Buried Treasures

Buried Treasures

As we journey in this life, we so often feel our buried growing pains are burdens instead of treasures. When I wrote the following piece, I was wrestling with this very issue. It was hard to see the “treasures” that my experiences were creating. With reflection and visually putting my feelings into words, I have better realized what true jewels these experiences have become in my heart. These treasures have also allowed God to uncover and reveal to me amazing truths! This week dig into your ocean bottom and see what revelations come to you! It is not easy, but the hunt is so worth it!

Buried Treasures

Such a hard thing.

Buried in our hearts and minds for years and years.

Emotions and feelings that we choose to not acknowledge.

Buried treasures, buried ghost.

Buried gold, buried jewels, buried pains.

Buried up to cause reactions.

Reactions blamed on others that are bystanders.

Who knows why these moments of history,

Archaeologically etched their pain on your heart.

But the pains you have each day try to move you.

The pains try to erase the etchings.

One second brings the fears to the surface again.

Then in one fine moment-

When you finally lay all in front of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit-

You try to listen instead of talking.

You try to give up and not control.

Then as a speck in the sand,

One ray of light reflects and refracts to one glance of hope.

Reason presents itself.

Immediately you smile, you cry, and the etchings melt into your heart.

One small stain is left.

The stain fades as it is whitened by the repair of the Holy Spirit.

Hope reappears.

You now know not to run.

You stop and accept the hope.

The buried treasures revive your ship to sail again.

You have the compass and scope that guides the ship.

These allow God to direct each second.

The present includes your reactions, your feelings, and your emotions.

When the etchings come,

Your treasures through God will lead you to the light.

The light near the horizon.

The light seeking the other buried treasures wanting to be healed.


Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Thank you for joining me this week in my journey. I appreciate the time you are sharing with me on my journey. I wish for you the happiest treasure finding possible!









Two Souls, One Heart

Finger Love Couple

This time of year brings about many weddings and marriages. Our beautiful son and daughter-in-law will be celebrating their anniversary this week. I just cannot help but to think how blessed I have been to share my life with the one I love. I wrote this for my husband many years ago. Although the wedding excitement has far been gone, energy of our commitment to each other flows with strength and power. I wish you the blessing of finding the one that can continually produce this type of energy with you. Blessed wishes to all those going through the ceremonial passage right now!


Two Souls, One Heart

Some people say it’s so.

Some just don’t believe at all.

But for two souls years ago,

It was more than so.

Two souls became one.


The years have come and gone since their eyes and hearts met.

Soul mates from the beginning of the stars and light.

They were not always strong in each other.

At one time their weaknesses were revealed.

This was during one of their complicated times.

Now their weaknesses fuse to help each other grow.


They are individuals with freedom.

Yet they are fused by commitment to journey together.

Not a false commitment.

Not a obligated commitment.

Not a required commitment.

But one that is true, pure, and freeing.


He heals her hurts.

She holds his hand when he needs strength.

He wipes her tears.

She wipes his sweat.

He hears her ideas.

She hears his jokes.


Never to part through space or time.

Never to serve another with such passion.

Through fears, joy, triumphs, and sadness,

They walk this sacred path together.


Two souls, one heart.

As time passes, they will forgive, trust, and let go.

In order to have two souls become one.

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman

Everyone has a soul out there that compliments them and helps them to grow. Be on the look out-you could be gazing upon that very one right now! Thank you for reading with me this week!

I love you, Danny.


Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman




Passion Through Purpose


As I sat with my daughter this week looking across the Hudson River at Ellis Island and Lady Liberty, I could not help but to reflect on the bravery and passion represented by so many of our family members. How their sacrifice and passion for a better life for their families carried them to a new world. I am so thankful for their love for me and for seeing the future for family.  They have allowed all of our dreams to come true!  They have allowed our children’s dreams to come true!  This is for those who loved us before they knew us. Reflect on your loved ones who sacrificed for you.

Passion Through Purpose

Let us be as immigrants-

As we know, love, and honor from where we came.


His short pencil, knife-sharpened, and pad in pocket,

Scribbles on paper.

Some words with patterns,

Some words with loss of letters,

Yet the model of my life.

His valor through the $1.50 work weeks.

His respect from all of those who shake his hand,

The sparkle in his blue-green eyes.

Pride for the one who he had given life.


With one by his side,

Together and young as their school days ended.

Celebrating life as change made its way.


She continued to work as the child grew to her heart,

Miles from the 260 acre farm.

Her soul never met a stranger.

Her heart fed them all.

She was real.


It is my purpose that stands through these words.

For and through this man and woman-

I celebrate the hope that my pencil and soul holds.

That my hand and heart reaches out to each child.

For each child has a pocket to fill and a soul to satisfy.

Will it be you or I?

No matter.

Let us all be as immigrants with passion

As we share, grow, fill, and satisfy where we go.


Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman



Don’t let those down that sacrificed for you—go out this week with passion and a greater purpose!






Family and Traditions




Always At Home


New York Skyline

At this time of year many families and family members are traveling away from home. This writing was for my daughter as she ventured out into the world last summer. This week I am so blessed to be with her in New York! As we travel, we will carry our families and family traditions with us no matter where we go. These memories and rituals allow us to be at home no matter where we travel!


Always At Home

This is your journey.

You are afraid and it is ok to be afraid.

Do not let that fear stop you.

Many have sacrificed for you to be able to go this path.


Em, Jim, Great Grandmothers, Great Grandfathers, and Great Greats!

They have not sacrificed money or finances,

But they have sacrificed in order that you can make the journey.

Making the journey further than they ever did.


Remember where you have come from .

Remember how you have been raised.

Never lose yourself or give yourself away.

Deep inside you know who you are.

Although new relationships will be made and new environments will be in your life.

Stay true to you.

Stay true to the soul God made.


See, this journey is not just for you.

It is for those whose lives you will change.

You are going to be God’s servant to someone else.

Even though you do not know who this is.


Experience and live and sing and dance.

Take all that you see with you.

Carry it on to the next part of your travel.

When you stand at the Statue of Liberty-

When you see the sun set behind the Brooklyn Bridge –

When you present your work to others,

You are not standing alone.


I am beside you.

Dad is beside you.

All that have struggled, lived, and learned are beside you.

Everyone is standing with you to triumph.

You will be someone else’s experience, joy, and light.

Someone else will be blessed to have known you.


Just know when you cross the porch leaving to travel.

You can always come home.

Come home not to hide from the world,

But come home to rest from the world.


Then you can go on to your next path .

You can go with confidence, security, and hope.

But you can always come home.

Don’t forget you are always at home wherever you are.

Why? Because we are with you.

God will always make sure that you are always at home!


Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman


Happy trails for the summer!

“Home Sweet Home” is only a moment away!





Family and Traditions

The Free Life

Flag and fireworks

A simple writing—simply put—A special and sincere thanks to all who allow me to live a free life!  And to all Americas who live bravely and proudly each day!  To all of those who get up, go to work, love their families, love their country, and love each other!  I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing group of souls!

The Free Life

I am free!

Free for God!

Free for me!

I wonder how it can take so long for us to know what freedom really is—

Many find freedom early in life—many find it late in life.

I really believe it doesn’t matter, because God provides the freedom just when we need it.

It means so much to our human souls and means being at home with our spiritual bodies.

Home is where freedom is given so greatly from God!

Freedom rings!

Freedom sings!

I am free!

I am free from me and free to God!

Lori Rennae Hickman Chapman


Let’s not take for granted this wonderful free life we live!

Thanks for reading the site today!

From one great American to another—