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“You have a very sick little girl here. When should I take her to the hospital?” We had landed in Texas for my sister’s wedding. After finding our hotel and settling into our room, we made the call to my Mother In Law to check in on my baby. Days leading up to this, I had been in that desperate state of decision. My precious daughter was sick, and I was leaving her to be in my sister’s wedding. This weekend was about my sister’s celebration. Her big day. It was about all of her family leaving their lives to be in hers. It’s...

Our world is entrenched in war, in mass killings and terror that spreads throughout the globe. I wake each day holding my breath as I listen to the headlines, afraid this may be the day that evil spreads to this great land I live in. I exhale an exhaustive relief that I am protected once again to carry out my life untouched by the excruciating and torturous acts that are carried out on the lives of millions far from my safe and comfortable home. There are countless innocent victims who have to endure such suffering of violence and hate,...

This is the season for letting go, as countless mothers are sending their beloved children off to school. Whether it’s kindergarten, grade school, middle school, high school or college… It’s never easy. I have endured and embraced this fine art of letting go… endured the anxious peeling off of my grip on control and embracing the independence of both my kids. It’s profoundly bittersweet, yes? On one hand, we watch them as they step forward into the unknown with all that they are and all they will become. On the...

I tend to write some heavy stuff here in this place of mine. And I usually try to balance my posts with a bit of lightness that gives relief of the usual depth that resonates in my words and my message. I think about how I live my life, laced with long meaningful conversations with loved ones about life’s circumstances that fall hard and heavy- and when I sit at my laptop with prayer for what to write next… The passion to find faith and perspective in the gritty stuff pours out. But? I spend much of my time laughing. Being absolutely...

Friends, today I am sharing with you two beautiful people with an honorable mission in parenting.  Lori and Becky are the creators of 1 Corinthians 13, a site which I have had the joy and the privilege to contribute to regularly.   They offer such great information and encouragement with a variety of articles from many different authors. Their Christian values, based on the scripture surely will resonate with all parents in loving their children with compassion and patience!  If you haven’t checked them out yet, be sure to take...

  A beautiful older teen girl recently referred to Middle School as “the Devil’s playground”. And although her statement was meant for insight and truth, those very words instantly grew long claws with jagged edges and sharp spears that scraped the very flesh of my heart, leaving it raw and bloody. It got me. The Devil’s Playground. And she went on to say that middle school is where you learn about EVERYTHING. Others nodded in agreement with that collective moan. Oh God. I just dropped my child off at the devil’s playground…...

 I have had the privilege and honor of receiving some amazing books to review, and this one is no exception. As a matter of fact, I think this one is my absolute favorite, probably because it speaks so much to my heart. Kate Conner’s “Enough” gripped my attention from the very beginning and I was in awe of her insight and her seasoned wisdom about teenage girls. If you or anyone you know has a daughter entering into this season of life (pre-teens as well), then you need to stop what you’re doing and go now to buy this book. You...

Beauty blooms in hard places… Life’s messes Create barricades that can suffocate the hope Right out of us. If we let it. Stuck. We can’t seem to find any color in the depths of grey. But. If we search long enough And open our eyes to see… It’s there waiting in all its glory. Re-trace back through your path Of your life’s journey Through the hard places… Dig deep through the rocks. Do you see it? In all its splendor? Beauty blooms in new found: Strength Wisdom Grace Faith Healing Love Growth Transformation Reflect and reclaim...

Twisted, Tangled, Tied and Trapped This season of summer is supposed to be filled with joy and the ever-elusive sunshine that radiates gladness and glory of all that the free flowing air can find. And yet, this season I have been winding myself around a slowly dissolving well of constant doing and giving and serving… which has left my tank drained of nourishing water from which to drink in and get my fill. It happens. Although I thrive on giving and serving and doing, the very act has somehow led me to this place of dried up twisted,...

For you, Kim. Sifting through the layers of dark tormenting rubble that covers me. My body mangled into something I cannot see. There are no cracks of light, pure black. I soak in the darkness, drenched into my very pours, as the weight crushes my lungs and I gasp for air. Where is this source that illuminates the healing within? I know it exists somewhere out there, but I can’t seem to reach for it. The shrapnel pierces my skin and tears at my flesh leaving me paralyzed. I am trapped beneath the suffocating wreckage of what is now...

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