for the mamas and daddies of sick littles: finding the door of hope

for the mamas and daddies of sick littles: finding the door of hope

To all of the mamas and daddies out there who have sweet angels who struggle with their health, you are loved. You are appreciated.  Your work and devotion is not unseen.  You are heroes, especially when you don’t feel like one.  For you… Our sweet and spicy middle girl became really sick, really quickly.  And […]

learning to get up again: finding life after abuse

learning to get up again: finding life after abuse

Abuse. “Abuse” was a hard word, a weighty word, to hear.  Harsh and unflinching in the bright lights of that quasi-meeting room, and “abuse” wasn’t really the word I expected, much less wanted. If anything, it was almost like I could feel THAT word dangling in the air, like it was suspended in time and […]

focusing on the forest more than the trees: loving those with mental illness

focusing on the forest more than the trees: loving those with mental illness

There are just too many times where we cannot see the forest for the trees. Urban Dictionary explains this phrase as being too focused on the details to get the bigger perspective of the picture, too close to the situation to recognize that there’s more to be seen. What if we don’t notice the forest because […]

lessons from the delivery room: loving broken hearts anywhere

lessons from the delivery room: loving broken hearts anywhere

  We stopped at the bank on the drive into the city.  I remember waiting in line while the armored car picked up its daily money collection.  I remember barely being able to contain the impatience and excitement. After we parked and walked through the cold, blustery winter afternoon, we rode the elevator to our […]

stop banging on the door and look for a window: finding the strength to start over

stop banging on the door and look for a window: finding the strength to start over

Sometimes watching the door close on a day, a season, a moment in life is both the easiest and the hardest part of life. It’s so very difficult to know that a closed door usually signifies the end of something, whatever that something is.  Maybe the end of a relationship, a career path, a dream, […]

why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

why holidays are hard: loving when love was lost

Holidays are hard.  Really hard.  And they really don’t seem to be getting any easier or less complicated. I’m not trying to be a Grinch or a Scrooge, honest!  I really do like giving gifts and trying to be thoughtful about giving them, rather than just buying anything and shoving it in some wrapping paper.  […]

love anyway.

love anyway.

Too often we see what we want to see in other people. We spend so much time focusing on the actions and appearances and choices of others, rather than on the love of God and the reflection of God in each person.  It’s so easy to get distracted by emotional reactions or by physical characteristics, […]

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

taking the road less traveled: answering God’s call, even when it’s unpopular

There comes a time, oftentimes more than once I’d think, when each of us comes to a crossroads in life, left with a choice of two directions in which to travel. As hard as we might try to look around the bends and see what lies ahead, which road will be the most fulfilling or […]