How can it be that summer is over?  As quick as it came crashing in, it has yanked itself away with school starting and cool mornings meant for jackets and backpacks. I feel cheated. This summer season was all but a blur of goings on that seemed to roll together and never stand still.  I set out for moments to embrace in the heat of the sun and soak in the fresh chill of the water, and I vaguely recollect a few brisk fleeting swims on steamy days. Did I fail this motherhood job? My kids wanted more of me this summer, and I honestly...

  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,...

We went on our annual excursion to the Ohio State Fair yesterday and I kept thinking of the story I shared in a post three years ago, when I first started blogging.  I pulled it back up from the dusty archives and tweaked it with my slightly improved writing skills, so it would be a bit more worthy of your read.  THIS is the start of our grand experience.  I share it so my new readers and friends can grasp the entirety of how we embrace  fun at the fair!  Every single year, my daughter throws up while riding the rides.  Every single...

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...

Oh friends, do I have something incredibly special to share with you today! If you have been living in matrimony for years or freshly celebrating your recent vows, these marriage resources are invaluable to the health of you and your spouse.   I have had the honor and privilege of receiving “Marriage Rebranded” by Tyler Ward with hopes to share it’s invaluable wisdom and truths in which he unequivocally proves his powerful message of “Modern Misconceptions and the Unnatural Art of Loving Another Person.” After you learn more...

 My dear friend Julie has some beautiful encouragement for all of us mamas!  I don’t believe there is one mom out there that doesn’t struggle with this ongoing quest for the unattainable Super Mom status!  Take it in, and lets all have her mantra today!! ****************************************************************************************************************** We all love super heroes, right? The super strength, the super speed, the ability to always get the bad guy and overcome evil, the downright awesomeness that...

Today I introduce you to one of the loves of my life, Sammy. If you were to meet her, you would quickly recognize her compassionate smile and her stunning ability to look glamorous in her thrift store finds. You would see a beautiful young woman, with a light that glimmers of love, but you will also see the shadows of simmering pain. You would sense sweetness about her and feel the tension of her grip on trying to hold her life together, amidst the mess that it is. Sammy was born to a father that would soon abandon her, and a mother who...

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