The mystery of grace

Ryan has a heart catheterization tomorrow. I can see the looks on their faces as I tell them this... the other mothers. Their looks of concern and promises of prayer. The fear is palatable. It’s not our first time around the block. We’ve been here almost a dozen times before. While we know there are risks - big ones (stroke, death, internal bleeding, emergency... read more >>

Stitch Fix {8}
I've lost count at this point and am too tired to go back and search, but I think this is my 8th Stitch Fix. It arrived Monday afternoon on my door step. I'd been on the lookout all day since getting my shipping notification Friday saying it was on it's way. I'm telling you. Getting a Stitch Fix is like Christmas. You know a present is coming, but you have no idea what it... read more >>

a safe place to land – revisted

for years I thought I was doing the right thing. striving to make a soft place for them to land. making it as comfortable as i could and letting every emotional weight land on my shoulders. for years, I thought if I could carry it all for them, explain it all to them, and talk them into the confidence I had in them..... then all would be right. my family. my... read more >>

The unromantic truth of motherhood

the unromantic truth of motherhood
I just read another blogger’s story about bringing home her fourth baby and how awesome and wonderful and peaceful it was. It made me want to cry. Not because of how heartwarming and beautiful it was but because it was nothing - nothing I tell you - like my experience of bringing home any baby, but especially not my fourth. After an unwelcomed c-section I was in... read more >>

It’s been a long time for me, but not for you.

Whew!  Easter is over and so is Lent. Breathe deeply. Smell that fresh air? As fun as it was walking the 40-day journey with you, the longer it went on, the more I realized how much I enjoy sharing my every-day-living life with you and have been longing to do just that. If you are a subscriber you received two Insider Editions during the six weeks, the last one... read more >>

He is Risen!!

Happy Easter!!  By now you are ready to celebrate! On Resurrection morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie! Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Resurrection Day, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. (Read Matthew 28: 1-9) He has risen! Hallelujah! Celebrate as a family by going to church to... read more >>

40-day Easter Journey – Day 40

Can you imagine how the followers of Jesus felt the day after His crucifixion? Here was the beloved teacher they followed - some of them for three years - who they saw heal the sick, raise the dead, and cast out demons. The man they thought would rescue them from the Roman Empire. Now what would they do? Would the Romans come after them too? Reflect on what it would... read more >>

40-day Easter Journey – Day 39

Good Friday Mark 15:22 - And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. And they tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh; but He did not take it. And they crucified Him, and divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them to decide what each should take. Whew! So many things happened on Friday because the Jewish leaders... read more >>

40-day Easter Journey – Day 38

The Trial of Jesus Mark 14:61-65 ... Again the high priest was questioning Him, and saying to Him, “Are You the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the Blessed One?” And Jesus said, “I am; and You shall see The son of man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” And tearing his clothes, the high priest said, “What further need do we... read more >>