when love means loss

when love means loss

I think sometimes that the purest example of love comes in the form of loss. There is such breadth and depth to the very word LOVE, and yet it can so rarely be fully realized until it is at least threatened and at most lost. My family and I recently attended a funeral viewing of […]

love freely. love vulnerably. love always.

love freely.  love vulnerably.  love always.

Sometimes, at the end of a long day, there just isn’t much left.  The reserves are drained, patience is depleted, energy is just about shot.  And it’s all you can do to crawl into bed and let it all go. Sometimes it seems as if just surviving every day is more than enough of a […]

taking life’s lemons: when threats of suffering loom large and break you hard

taking life’s lemons: when threats of suffering loom large and break you hard

I have to think that there are times in every single person’s life when they walk to the edge of heart-stopping anxiety and wild-eyed fear over the unknown that lies ahead. Perhaps the precipice is the craziest of thrill rides at an amusement park, but at least that one is temporary. Perhaps the crag is […]

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 […]

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 […]

stop hiding: part 3 – what can be done

stop hiding: part 3 – what can be done

The mass murder in Orlando this past weekend created a ripple effect of its horror upon the LGBTQ community and their families, as well as upon the rest of us who, if not related to the victims, look on in shocked fear at how easily and quickly such a tragedy of huge proportions can occur, even […]

stop hiding: part 1 – what good is hiding in fear

stop hiding: part 1 – what good is hiding in fear

It’s time to stop hiding. It’s time to stop hiding in the darkness, away from the Fear that can so easily entangle and control and manipulate strong hearts and souls into thinking that there is no Hope. It’s time to stop hiding from the darkness that so quickly envelops our lives when mass tragedy and […]

seemingly insignificant: planting seeds of love in rocky soil

seemingly insignificant: planting seeds of love in rocky soil

I suppose that there comes a time in everyone’s life when they wonder if they’re significant.  Whether his or her life actually means something to someone. Whether or not there is some unique contribution that his or her life offers that may be of value. In my experience, there are so many more days where […]

tearing down the walls of fear: loving first

tearing down the walls of fear: loving first

My three young daughters are still big fans of the Disney movie Frozen.  So the music is often floating around our house daily, with little girl voices belting out the lyrics and little feet twirling around the furniture.  It’s amazing how quickly the words get stuck in my head and refuse to budge.  But that’s not entirely bad. […]

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 […]