We sometimes work really hard to create joyous moments. We buy fancy toys, watch the latest entertainment, and take expensive trips. Sure, these are fun – but aren’t these moments far greater when we spend them with the people with love? I was in Boston once for a work conference. I saw these impressive historical sites, ate delicious seafood, and took a walking tour of the Freedom Trail. It was a really enjoyable visit! But the pleasure was muted because I was alone. Continue reading
There have been a few events lately which have forced me to think about life and the passage of time.
As this writing posts, I will be arriving at a 24-hour “Taste of Camp” with my six-year-old daughter. This is the camp where I learned that it is okay to share my thoughts about faith with a group of strangers. This is where I spent my summers during college, where I met my husband, where I met some of my closest friends. This camp had a huge impact on my life, and continues to be a special place of ministry for my family – and now my youngest child is old enough to actually attend! Continue reading
A memory appeared in my Facebook feed this week. Six years ago I wrote: “If this baby was born as early as my son was born, she would have arrived last Saturday. So, I still have 2 weeks to go – but have been pregnant longer than I was the first time!” Now, I doubt anyone really cared about this little piece of information, but I certainly did. I cared a lot! I was gigantically pregnant and counting down the days! Continue reading
Why do we spend so much time worried about what others think of us? My poor 9-year-old struggles with this – he has since he was little. He doesn’t want to disappoint anyone, he wants to follow the rules, yet he wants to do what his friends do. It can be a real struggle, and he is only in 3rd grade! The kid has no clue what is store the next 10 years… Continue reading
Last Sunday morning, my son and I raced to the car after soccer practice and flew out of the parking lot, hoping we would hit the stop lights just right and actually make the 11:00 church service on time. (We didn’t…) As I drove, he worked on peeling off his stinky shin guards and changing into something presentable for church – as much as he could constrained by a seat belt that is. Continue reading
I went to the dentist this week. I’m a grinder – not just the ‘grind at night’ type, but the all day, every day grinder. It’s a method of coping with stress and anxiety that is apparently causing significant harm to my teeth! The dentist bugged me for years to get a mouth guard, and I finally decided to go for it. I took time out from my busy day to have an impression made. (I’m grinding my teeth right now just thinking about it…) Continue reading
I am blessed with amazing friends and family who love and support me – even though I am often stubborn and too independent! One dear friend stepped it up this week. She is a very busy mom struggling to balance life, yet took the time to deliver lunch to me on Friday. I enjoyed a spread of goodies from Panera, and got a tight hug in the middle of a chaotic day! To top it off, this friend agreed to be a guest writer for my weekly blog! I am thankful for one less thing on the “to do” list today, and am very excited to share her words. Her message is raw and sincere and inspiring… Enjoy!! Continue reading