reflections in the mirror: searching for the truths of Easter

reflections in the mirror: searching for the truths of Easter

This year, my family and I spent Easter in a totally abnormal way for us.  We woke up in a hotel, about five hours from home, had breakfast with strangers in sweatpants, and ate Subway sandwiches from a rest stop instead of a fancy brunch. It hardly seemed like Easter – no fancy dresses for […]

flight of the broken-winged bird: holding on to hope

flight of the broken-winged bird: holding on to hope

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.”                             ― Langston Hughes Have you ever watched a baby bird trying to fly?  It’s such a difficult process and terrifying for both the baby and its […]

when enough finally becomes enough: lessons on Love, life, & setting limits

when enough finally becomes enough: lessons on Love, life, & setting limits

We celebrated my oldest daughter’s birthday last week when she turned 7, an age I still can’t believe she could be and yet she is.  It never feels like time has flown by as quickly as it has.  So therefore, I thought that it was probably time to write her, and eventually her little sisters, […]

value is more than a price tag

value is more than a price tag

  “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of […]

a love worth keeping

a love worth keeping

So listen, it’s Valentine’s Day again.  That day of romance and surprise and flowers and chocolate and maybe dinner out. Well, either I’ve been cheated out of these opportunities for Husband to express his adoring affection for me for the past many years of marriage and the 3 previous years of dating, or it really […]

new year’s resolutions to live life differently

new year’s resolutions to live life differently

Super.  So I’ve failed my three usual Resolutions for the year, and I’m a week into the New Year.  Cue the fizzles and gray smoke left behind after the bursts of noisy, colorful fireworks.  And I fizzled out almost as quickly as the fireworks did.  Oops. Just chalk it up to another rough year because […]

finding hope in a hope-broken, heart-aching world

finding hope in a hope-broken, heart-aching world

It has been a hard year, struggles abounding in too many places, peace seeming hidden and lost amidst the confusion.  The hard stuff of life looms so large, doesn’t it?  Too many friends are entrenched in similar battles of the heart and soul, alongside us in their own quiet places.  Too many neighbors searching for […]

walking in blind faith

walking in blind faith

To be abundantly clear – this post is not about the literal act of jumping off of a cliff, and it is in no way a suggestion regarding suicide.  It is absolutely a reference to a dream I’ve had several times where God calls me to a cliff – a major decision that will change […]

finding faith in the little things

finding faith in the little things

I’ve found that when I look, truly and intently look, at the wonder that surrounds me in the simplicity and intricacy of God’s incredible Creation – I can’t help but be awe-struck that He who knows every intimate minutia of every blade of grass, flower, fowl, bug… everything. Have you ever looked at snowflakes?  I […]

finding faith in the ashes

finding faith in the ashes

It was the day that started like so many others, worked out for an hour or so in the Grove City College weight room as soon as it opened, went to breakfast in the cafeteria, ate alone while reading my devotional, and then I left the door and saw the crowd, the silent, fear-struck group […]