Life is Full of Firsts

We had lunch with our son yesterday, the youngest of our six kids. This morning my husband voiced the significant and weighty reality—the next time we see our son, he will be a Marine. From the first day we met our son when he was 10 years old, he was all about the military, and…

Facing A Giant

Our son is registered to wrestle in the annual “Who’s Bad” tournament at the end of the month. He’s getting ready to face another giant, and he’ll emerge a winner no matter what. Because he’s been facing giants for pretty much his whole life, and he’s learned he can face a giant. Our son faced emotional giants,…

Separately Together

WARNING ALERT: This post drips with honesty and vulnerability. I’ve had my time of emotional upheaval and draining this morning. It’s actually been going on for 24 hours now. And I’m now in the wake of its hangover. I wish I could tell you this was new territory, but it’s not. Not by a long…

Schedules, Miles, and Hours

On September 10, the youngest of our 4 daughters walked down the aisle as a bride. During the week preceding the wedding festivities, we had out of town guests, took Sammie (the dog) to the vet for an unplanned visit due to an abdominal mass, Mark had a tight schedule for completing work and finalizing…

Layers, Dynamics, Investment…and Love

Another school year has begun. Which means the holiday season is soon approaching. I’m not sure how I feel about that. On one hand, I’m looking forward to it. We scheduled a vacation house where we’ll have all of our grandchildren in one place at the same time, and we’ll include all their parents too!…

Raw and Real

Although pretty “raw,” this video speaks for itself, and the magnitude of the content is undeniably powerful. The first time I watched it, I was overcome by what came up inside.

The Vocabulary of Language

Many areas of life have their own vocabulary and language. Law. Medicine. Emergency Services. Education. Football. And many more. The words we use can be understood and they can be misunderstood. How and what we say can make a difference. Our words matter. But many times it can be like learning and speaking a foreign…

Tell Me A Story

Whether I’m unpolitical, emotional, or whatever I am or am not, my story matters. So does yours. And together our stories make up the world in which we live.

The Need To Be

At the core, no matter what our age or physical, social or economic position, every one of us needs something worthwhile to do, we need to be needed, to be valuable, to be important.

Going Deeper

More than just About (me), this is some of the backstory.

When It’s Not About You

What do you do with anger and hurt when something happens, or you’re in a situation and you have to be part of it, but it’s hard? You become aware it’s not about you, but you have to live in it.