Our friends just brought home a darling little girl they adopted from Colombia. I saw the photos from the celebratory homecoming at the airport with their family and closest friends and I was moved by what I saw. Almost three weeks away from home, just shy of a month separated from their older children, and … Continue reading Adoption
A couple of weeks ago when we were up to our calves in gifts and all sorts of Christmas baubles, I had a thought: I have too much crap and I need to get rid of it. Not very holiday-spirited, but I was feeling a bit closed in. The stuffed snowmen on my mantel stared … Continue reading Letting go
I stared at the page on my computer screen, unable to write a word. Self-doubt paralyzed me as I attempted to fill out an application for a job a friend told me about. She said I'd be perfect for the position and could fit easily into the work culture at this company. I was thrilled … Continue reading Am I enough?
When I was younger, more often than not, I would sit in discomfort or pain rather than risk hurting someone's feelings. I was terrified of telling a friend or especially my spouse the truth of a matter because it might "hurt their feelings" or make them uncomfortable or worse, angry with me; meanwhile, my migraine … Continue reading Feel free to hurt someone’s feelings
I'm usually not one to say a person has to do anything every day, except brush your teeth, but as I get older, I see the value in doing the following three things and if you do them daily, they will change your life. You'll feel more joy, more love, and more connection. First, wake … Continue reading Being a light
I forgot I was supposed to write a blog today because I'm so focused on rewriting my manuscript. It's one of those days, and it might be one of those months. I don't know, I just want to get through it without having to properly apologize to too many people. 😉 So, the photo above … Continue reading My favorite things
It's my daughter's birthday today, so I want to give her a shoutout because she's a pretty incredible person. Happy Birthday, Aleigha! Today is a day to celebrate you! And I'd like to do that with a story from your childhood. Don't worry, it's not embarrassing. I'm saving those for another time. 😉 haha Remember … Continue reading The Birthday Girl
I've figured out a way to have joy in my life and I think this is how you can have it too. I used to look out the window of my beige apartment, down to the parking lot below and think my life would always be a dark, scary, unhappy place. I thought all my … Continue reading JOY – Just One You
For many years I've been on a frightening journey of faith. I say frightening because I stumbled into the land of doubt and uncertainty and wondered if the God I was raised to believe in could love me even though I had serious questions about this Christian faith I was told was the only path … Continue reading Who is God, really?
Years ago, after selling our home and waiting for the new home to be built, we rented a house that used to be an old barn. In renovating, the owners preserved the charm of the barn on the outside as well as the inside of the house. They kept the old wooden rafters, wood floors, and … Continue reading Trick or treat