Finding Peace, Hope For a Grieving Heart

Eighteen years ago a little boy walked into my classroom and told me his cousin had died. He was devastated and this was one problem I couldn’t fix. We talked, he cried, we talked some more, we both cried. I was thankful he trusted me with his broken heart, but I...

Memories

Lately I’ve been wondering … is it possible for memories to be truly contained in plastic totes and cardboard boxes? In our attic are rows upon rows of totes and boxes, filled with tangible proof of our kids’ “moments” and our own. I suspect those restless memories...

We Have the Power to Change Our World

The day felt dark though the sun was shining brightly, and the air was heavy with words and images that kept reminding me of the stink of evil. I found it ironic that the unknown was front and center, blinding in its invisible presence. On that dark, sunny day, I had...

I Love the Airport

I love the airport. I spend a fair amount of time there, and I go of my own free will; no one has to twist my arm. I understand why many people say that they hate the place-flights aren’t on time, baggage is held up, security is a pain-but I still love it....

My Daughter’s Getting Married

Four words are in the forefront of my life lately – My daughter’s getting married. For those of you who have been down this road, my sentiments will probably sound eerily familiar; for those of you not quite there yet, it’s a milestone to anticipate. If you’re like...

An Uninvited Guest Heats Up the Holidays

December tends to bring out the crisis mode in our family. One December in particular stands out as truly classic. Our old farmhouse was the perfect place for entertaining; it was big enough to allow for roaming, and cozy enough with the two fireplaces blazing, to...