Let’s Grow Up Together… So We Can Grow Old Together

“I overheard the man whisper ‘I am a lover not a fighter’ and to myself I thought I, am in fact, both.  For is it love at all if it’s not worth fighting for?”  ~Tyler Knott Gregson It’s true, some things aren’t easy to write about.  But a New Year needs New Hope.  And sometimes … [Read more…]

Love-Note Stockings

Looking for a way to save a few dollars this year?  And make a lasting impression on your loved ones? This year, my family is trying something new. It doesn’t make a mess. It doesn’t cost a dime. It won’t keep us up late Christmas Eve night with exasperating instructions. It’s small enough that it’s … [Read more…]

I’ll Carry You

Because I know… The time will come, and you will grow You’ll let go. Until then… I’ll carry you.   If you’re a mom of a boy… or a mom of a kid who doesn’t quite fit in “the box”… ok, if you’re a mom at all, you might enjoy reading this one. The rest … [Read more…]

Trust on November 7th (A Leader Worth Following)

The Servant King, the Servant King He came to lay it down for you, for me His voice is like fire, His words bring peace So when our fears Ring in our ears There is no better leader than the Servant King.   Some Days come knocking on our door and we just want to … [Read more…]

Room On My Lap

“Not what we give, but what we share.  For the gift without the giver is bare.” ~ James Russell Lowell     Yesterday you needed me. Arms held up, calling my name But not quite forming your “O’s” “Mmmmm… mmmm…” you pleaded. And needed.   “In a minute,” I responded, Hands scrubbing dishes in the sink. … [Read more…]

You Are Not Your Past

The hope of a brighter future begins with five simple words: You are not your past. No matter where we’ve been, or what we’ve seen… today, we get to choose who we will be. There was a time when I stared at an ultrasound photo, knowing the kind of mother I wanted to be, but … [Read more…]

When The Sun Gets Happy And Rises

“Mama, I think when you say something good, the sun gets happy and rises.” My kids have been known to say some pretty profound stuff.  But this one took my breath away. I was lost in thought while my six year-old was coloring.  My artistic girl, the one who draws and leaves cards and notes … [Read more…]

She Was Somebody’s Daughter

I’m honored and blessed to be sharing over at Mamalode today.  Mamalode publishes thought-provoking, heartfelt articles that offer hope for our mothering journey.  The story I’m sharing today is a story that took me almost five years to write, because for a long time, the recollection of it only brought pain.  It’s a story from my ER … [Read more…]


“Come,” He whispered.  Then louder, “Come.” So they ran, and tumbled, and shouted, to Him.  Children of all shapes and sizes… some with patched-up holes in their clothes, some with dirt smudged on their faces, some with even a twig or a leaf in their hair, leftover from trees climbed. They didn’t fit the mold, … [Read more…]

1500 Miles — And The One Thing You Can Always Find (On Moving)

It was different, it was lonely at first.  But eventually it became Home. It’s the place where we brought our baby boy home from the hospital; taught my oldest daughter to read and tried to teach her to ride a bike; watched our younger girl bloom into a social butterfly. It’s the place where we  … [Read more…]