Mary, Did You Know?

I know that I have said this before, but let me just start with this: I LOVE Christmas. Everything about it. The decorations, the lights, the cheer, the gifts, the giving, the gatherings, the traditions, and the music. My husband would probably ban the last part if he could but as soon as the tree … [Read more…]

Santa Won’t Be Visiting Us

Santa Wont Be Visiting Us

I know it is still a bit early but December is next month (and next week) which means Christmas will be here before we all know it. And no, I am not trying to rush past Thanksgiving – I would never dismiss a holiday where it is permissible (and even encouraged) to break out my … [Read more…]

Chasing Happiness

Chasing Happiness

I was the baby of my family. Having an older brother was great. I always had someone to protect me. I always had someone to fight with. I always had someone there to listen to me whine and complain. I always had someone there to make those good ole family vacations even better. I looked … [Read more…]

I Prayed For You.

I Prayed For You

I prayed for you. I prayed for you way before I ever knew you. Way before I ever knew what love meant. Or felt like. Way before I ever knew how to give it. Or receive it. I prayed that God would give me a man who would love me. Who would encourage me and … [Read more…]

The Weight of Motherhood

The Weight of Motherhood

It all feels so heavy. The weight of being a mother; a parent.My daughter and I were in the bath tub, as we are every night. I scrubbed her little body; her adorable chubby arms. I washed her hair; stuck it up in a shampoo mohawk and we laughed like we always do. I lathered … [Read more…]

My Kind of Fairy Tale

The Kind of Love Story the World Needs to Hear

It really is quite remarkable. Lasting love. In a world where the average divorce rate is almost 50%. Where marriage is no longer just meant for a man and a woman before God. Where friends, or strangers for that matter, can pay a few bucks on the internet and suddenly be ordained to speak a binding … [Read more…]

Overwhelmed Schedule. Underwhelmed Soul.

Living with an Overwhelmed Schedule and an Underwhelmed Soul

An overwhelmed schedule and an underwhelmed soul. Most days, this describes me perfectly. It aches me to say that. But this life, this hectic scheduled life of mine, that’s the consequence. A calendar so full…and a heart so empty. And the most terrible thing is, you wouldn’t look at my calendar and see anything note … [Read more…]

Take It Easy On Yourself

How You're Stealing Your Own Joy - And Why You Should Stop

The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God has to be the heart of a mother. But what makes our hearts so lovely also makes them so very fragile. So easily hurt. So easily discouraged. On good days our hearts are so full. The fullness spills over into confidence and optimism. But on the tough days, when … [Read more…]

Count It All Joy

Count It All Joy, My Friends

Grief is so often connected to the loss of a person, a loved one. One walk through a library or a book store and you’ll find an entire section devoted to books about grief and about how to deal with losing someone. I myself have lost 3 very, very important people to me in the … [Read more…]

And Then Came the Light

Birth Story Part 3 - When Things Don't Go As Planned

In case you’re stumbling upon this story late in the game, click here to get up to speed. While still in the hospital, the infectious disease team was working hard to try and find the most effective combination of antibiotics to attack each of the different bacteria causing the infection in my lung – especially the E.coli. … [Read more…]