sanding the rough edges: finding faith even when you don’t want it

sanding the rough edges: finding faith even when you don’t want it

Lately I’ve spent a lot of time learning.  A LOT of time. As a teacher, I certainly believe that most moments have the potential to be teachable moments, if they are used as such.  As a homeschooling mom, I max out those learning opportunities at every chance I get because life truly is one of […]

finding rest in a season of weariness

finding rest in a season of weariness

A new day has dawned, or in my town it has clouded for no sun can be seen amongst the clouds of imminent rain.  And in the rare quiet moments when all of my kids are actually still sleeping, which really does not happen often – ever – there is the realization that tiredness has […]

more work to do: what the presidential race & election really means

more work to do: what the presidential race & election really means

I’ll be really honest right now.  I really, really, really do not like politics or what political races, mudslinging, policy-talking, or anything else related to politics means.  So for this particular presidential race where every time I turned on the morning news for the past year, it opens with the latest Trumpism or Clintonism, I […]

no fear in love

no fear in love

And then there was the day that a truck driven fully loaded with weaponry and gun firing on happy, celebrating crowds. And the celebrating that turned to chaos and pain and terror and loss. And fear.  Always fear. For fear seems to walk hand in hand with tragedy, especially that which is unexpected. A fear […]

in the balance: living life emptied & filled

in the balance: living life emptied & filled

I’ve been struggling for words for days.  The right ones just didn’t come, and even still I’m not sure that these are right. Yet, at some point silence becomes words of another voice. So much violence has erupted in the past week in cities and states around the U.S. – shootings of intention and perhaps […]

saving dependence in the midst of independence

saving dependence in the midst of independence

In light of Independence Day, the crowds along red-white-and-blue-strewn parade routes, the sparkling and boisterous fireworks displays, and the overabundance of picnic food most of us probably will serve as leftover lunches, sometimes I wonder if perhaps our quest for independence has gone too far. So much of life, from the time we are itty-bitty, […]

5 things we can all do to change the world today

5 things we can all do to change the world today

It feels like the events of the last weeks are just too much – the tragedy in Orlando where 49 lives were cut way too short and countless more were affected instantaneously, the horror in Istanbul where men carry bombs dressed up in luggage and weapons for killing innocent lives without pause for human life but […]

embrace the shadows: learning to live in the Light

embrace the shadows: learning to live in the Light

Sometimes it is so much easier to keep running.  To just put one foot in front of the other, foot past foot, sometimes more quickly and sometimes barely shuffling.  Racing from activity to sports to church to grocery store and back again, even when racing might not be necessary. Sometimes it is just easier to […]

marriage is hard, even on the best of days

marriage is hard, even on the best of days

This week marked our 9th wedding anniversary, and the 12th year that Husband and I have been together.  Our marriage has been beaten up and battered, rebuilt and reborn a few times throughout these years… and it has been worth it, even the hard days and the best days. We’ve given up high-paying jobs, health […]

Father’s Day reflections: loving the imperfections

Father’s Day reflections: loving the imperfections

In each of our minds, especially on a day like Father’s Day, there is probably a mental picture to describe the title of Dad or Father or Grandpa or whatever other name can be bestowed upon the pre-eminent male figure in your life. Maybe your memory is of an amazing man who was the rock for […]