Seeing Life Differently

A group of seven year old boys long for a shot at the ball. They wear their jerseys and cleats proudly. Little boys with big dreams, all healthy, all happy. They step up to home plate, bat in hand, not a care in the world except smacking that ball. My son is one of those... Continue Reading →

How Do You Compare?

The word failure dangles within my sight. I reach out and take hold of it, knowing it belongs to me. Its presence so strong, my eyes refuse to focus on anything else. I don’t see progress. Or second chances. And certainly not grace.  I only see failure. It follows me around throughout my day, clinging... Continue Reading →

Everyday is a Gift

The house, noiseless. The room, dimly lit by a single table-top lamp. Throughout our home, everyone is resting comfortably, unmindful of anything but the hush of the night. All is as it should be - a seemingly quiet, peaceful night. I hold a precious baby girl in my arms as she sleeps soundly on my... Continue Reading →

Choosing to See

I lie here in the silence, darkness surrounding me. Only moments ago I was sleeping soundly. No dreams. No restlessness. From a deep sleep to wide awake, nothing but seconds separating the two. I steal a glance at the clock … 4 a.m. Why am I suddenly awake? My mind immediately goes to Elijah. Oh,... Continue Reading →

Handling the Hard Times

I’ve been mostly silent these past few months. Pulling back, withdrawing, keeping to myself more than usual. That’s what I do when life gets hard, and right now, life is hard. My grandson, Elijah, has been in the hospital nearly three months. This precious blonde headed, blue-eyed, energetic two year old boy needs a new... Continue Reading →

When the Shoe Doesn’t Fit

When those you love don’t love you back, it hurts. We all experience it at one time or another. Betrayal by someone we thought was a friend. A romantic relationship that doesn't work out. Family quarrels that separate and divide. Real life scenarios that sting us in a big way. After such encounters, we're often... Continue Reading →

Where to Run

Sometimes I feel like running away. Away from dirty dishes. Piles of laundry. Full schedules. Late nights and early mornings. Away from difficult people. From unfair expectations. From the hardest parts of my day. Yes, I sometimes wish I could escape all the not-so-fun, wearing-me-out, breaking-my-heart part of life. And I wonder, do you ever... Continue Reading →

Saying No

Oftentimes, it’s difficult to utter that tiny little word, “no”. I ponder this shortly after I’ve agreed to yet another task I should not be tackling. But it’s too late. I’ve committed myself, stretching myself too thin once again. In an effort to please everyone, I end up exhausted, weary, and longing to hide from... Continue Reading →

Finding Good in Unexpected Circumstances

I don’t mind hotel stays. In fact, I welcome them from time to time.  Afterall, what momma doesn’t love daily housekeeping services?  Yet, as I sit here this evening, in my single-roomed home-away-from-home, I’m feeling somewhat restless.  That’s what happens when your plans are interrupted and, rather than following your kids around town for homeschool... Continue Reading →

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