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
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
The first sign of paranormal activity in our new home was a foul smell. It smelled like decaying food and was relegated to one part of the house; my 9-year-old son’s bedroom closet. A ghost was not my first guess as the source of this odor. I ransacked his room, emptying lunch sacks, backpacks from prior school years, … Continue reading The Ghost of Gibraltar
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?
My husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary this weekend and stayed on Mackinaw Island and then took a boat tour of the magnificent Pictured Rocks in Munising Michigan. On the Island, everyone has the most stunning gardens. The flowers are bigger and more colorful than I've ever seen; like you see in Mexico … Continue reading Pictured Rocks and A Lot of Good Men
Well meaning people say "Stop running from your problems!" And they are right. We need to face our problems. So why don't we take their advice and stop running? It sounds so easy, "stop", like playing the game Red Light, Green Light. But we don't stop, we continue on. We run because it's all we … Continue reading The purpose of running
Love is in the air, do you smell it? Smells like dark chocolate to me. I don't hate Valentine's Day, but I've never been a huge fan of it until I became a mom and spent hours decorating shoe boxes with tissue paper and hearts and signing 62 miniature cards, and deciding "do we get … Continue reading Sexy Love