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Category: Life Lessons

Memorial Day Memories

I was eleven when I learned what Memorial Day meant.   I woke up one morning to the hushed voice of my mother as she spoke to someone on the phone.  I could tell something had happened because she never used that tone of voice unless something was serious. Only able…

When Near Misses Happen

Photo Credit:  Brent Bielmann They say our children are the best teachers.  But sometimes it’s their friends who also teach us meaningful lessons. My daughter’s friend, Corinne–a wonderful woman of faith and amazing mom–shared something recently that stopped me in my tracks…

Sock Treasures

Bedtime at our house is filled with typical five year old antics–stalling, more time in the bathtub negotiations, tooth brushing, water drinking and the ritual of choosing the toy of honor that gets to share the bed for the night.  “No, you can’t sleep with…

Never Say Never

Ever heard, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans?” Well, my own version would be, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him what you’ll never do!” Starting out I was eager and ready to tackle my future. I believed in being prepared so…

Mother’s Day Isn’t About Mom

When I was young, Mother’s Day was about making cards and giving simple, mostly handmade gifts; which Mom appreciated and treasured like priceless gems. Those gifts were eventually replaced with cards and occasionally flowers–more out of convenience than anything else. As the years passed, it became easier…

Sometimes It’s OK To Fake It

If I’ve learned anything in my thirty plus years of parenting, supporting one daughter through her pageantry years, moving nine times, accepting jobs I had no idea how to do and especially when facing uncomfortable unexpected situations; faking it is completely acceptable.  In fact, faking it is often…

Grateful For Monsters

I love this quote by Nikhil Saluia:  “Being a Mother means that your heart is no longer yours; it wanders wherever your children go.” My heart has taken me places I never dreamed I’d go; certainly places I never wanted to go. But I wasn&#8217…