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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 2 – the crisis that lurks within

stop hiding: part 2 – the crisis that lurks within

The simple fact of the matter is that there is a crisis that has been building under the fragile skin of society that has barely been addressed, much less publicly voiced.  Because too many of us are too afraid to say anything out loud.  I’ve been one of those people too, but can’t be any longer. […]

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 […]