A Season of Lasts

To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1 With my oldest child about to graduate from college and the youngest from high school, this past school year has been a season of lasts. They’ve already had their last … Marching band event College Christmas concert Read More

Uncomfortable Praise

Since announcing my contract signing with Winslet Press, I’ve been flooded with congratulatory emails, phone calls, notes, hugs, etc. Needless to say, it’s been pretty wonderful. But along the way, a few compliments have made me uncomfortable, not because what they said was bad. No, just the opposite. Their praise *felt* too good, describing me as Read More

Living Out Our Gratitude

Fluorescent light and a thump on the bed awake you. You blink, slowly bringing your child into focus. His eyes are wide with expectation. “Wake up! Santa came!” And though, as a teenager, he doesn’t believe in the Santa of the red hat and white beard anymore, Santa’s spirit is very much alive. You shoo Read More

A Thread of Hope

This past weekend I received one more “No” to add to my Rejection Collection. (sigh) It’s never easy to hear no when your dreams are attached to it, even though it was a very kind no, and it did offer a thread of hope. But on that day, the thread seemed awfully weak and appeared Read More