Making Friends With My Problems

I read the words over and over, certain I had misunderstood or that in my just awakened, pre-caffeinated state I had to be reading them incorrectly. But there was no mistake about it. There they were. Right there in black and white. Words which sounded so incredibly strange to me and frankly words which I wasn't particularly thrilled to be reading that morning. … [Read more...]

Clinging to Truth in the Pain

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I went to bed with her on my mind. I woke up with her on my mind. I sent her a text as soon as I got out of bed to tell her that I was praying for her...praying hard. Praying that during their appointment that morning, they would hear the heartbeat. … [Read more...]

In the Doldrums

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Have you ever wondered where different sayings come from? My son received a really cool game for Christmas called 'Word Teasers'. (In the spirit of complete honesty let me clarify that his parents thought it fell in the 'cool' category while he thought it fell in the 'educational' category and those two categories don't always cross over in an 11 year olds world!) Essentially it is giving the background on all of those sayings, or idioms, which have become part of our everyday conversations. … [Read more...]

Treasures

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I was on a mission. My husband had taken the kids on a walk and I had a few minutes to race through the house cleaning and picking up all of the items which seemed to cover every square inch of floor. I became a veritable “Mommy Tornado”! Nothing was safe as I worked my way up the stairs and followed the trail of Legos leading to my son’s room. The epicenter of the mess. … [Read more...]

God Won’t Gong You

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Do you remember 'The Gong Show'? It was kind of the 'American Idol' of the late '70's, early '80's with one major difference. Just imagine Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. listening to each contestant and then instead of simply deciding whether or not they would earn a golden ticket, they would decide if the contestant would be allowed to complete their audition or if they were so absolutely horrible that one of the judges simply couldn't stand it any longer and must pick … [Read more...]

Breathless Expectation

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When I became a mom of two I entered into a season of what I found to be a new kind of crazy. I had gotten one child all potty-trained and sleeping through the night and drinking out of a cup without a lid and giving me a chance to take a shower and go to the bathroom by myself...most of the time. … [Read more...]

My Road Less Traveled

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“Two roads diverged in a wood and I- I took the one less traveled by…” Robert Frost The road less traveled…how often is that the direction we choose for our lives? I like the well-beaten path, the predictable trail with clear markings and maybe a Starbucks along the way. One is dark and frightening, winding its way along with overgrown trees blocking the final destination from our view. The other is brightly lit and wide enough for many to walk down it together. There are no stones … [Read more...]

When Life Gets Unfolded

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When I was in high school, I spent one summer working at the clothing store 'Express'. As it was considered the new, more trendy sister store of 'The Limited', I felt like I had scored big time and I kept a running list of all of the things I was going to buy with my employee discount. Anyone who has worked in retail clothing will tell you that it all sounds like fun and games until you find yourself elbow deep in boxes of clothing all waiting to be ironed and properly displayed and … [Read more...]

Ghosts of Christmas Cards Past

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It's begun. They annual knocking of my head on the rafters in the attic as I start to pull out the Christmas decorations. I feel a certain kinship with Clark W. Griswold from 'Christmas Vacation'! But, just like Clark, I've realized that there is something so sentimental about finding yourself in a cold attic, dimly lit by one solitary lightbulb, surrounded by pieces of your past. The attic suddenly becomes a kind of time capsule. … [Read more...]