Keeping that Christmas Spirit Alive

I read somewhere on Facebook last month a comment something to the effect: I am so glad to see all this brotherly love, but why can’t it happen all year long? It’s true. For some reason it’s easier to buy the lady behind me at Starbucks a Peppermint Mocha in December than it is to […]

How to Have a Happy (New) Year

photo source We say “Happy New Year!” But I wonder if we are really just referring to the night or the day surrounding the change of years. Ya know, “Have a great party!” Rarely on January 1 have I thought about the year as a whole and how to make the next 364 days happy […]

Getting My Christmas On

I mentioned last week that I decided to go to battle for Christmas. I went Christmas shopping. Ordered from Amazon what I couldn’t find locally. I even wrapped everything as soon as it came in the door. This is progress, people. I usually spend all Christmas evening wrapping. Not this year. I’m going to bed […]

Perspective & the To Do List

The Plague slowed me down this year and last year, too. And that is probably all well and good. We all need a little perspective sometimes when it comes to our Christmas “to do” lists. The following post was written four years ago when we were reeling from the death of my mother-in-law. I had a newborn. […]

Time to Worry Means Time to Pray

I’m blessed with some amazing friends, both real and virtual. Some I’ve known forever; others I’ve never met outside of the computer keyboard. Either way, they are amazing people. My cup of friendship is definitely on the full side. I count you among them as well. Your responses to my struggles last week were so […]

Little, HARD Things

As I type this I’m sniffling back tears. It’s been a week of “little, but significant” HARD things. Let’s face it. The month has been like that. Dear friends are moving — to Australia. Do you know how expensive it is to fly eight people to the land down under? Money was stolen from my […]

You are Not Alone

photo source Wednesday night I came home from my dinner party to discover that my ten year old had shingles. Yes, really. I recognized it from ten years ago when FishPapa had them. The three boys at the time got chicken pox. This particular child was just a baby and got the worst ever. All […]

Reflections on Pregnancy Loss

This weekend we celebrated our miracle baby’s 12th birthday. Every year it gives me pause to see how much time has passed and how our family has grown — in size and maturity — since the evil year of 1999. For those of you just tuning in, here’s the short version of my miscarriage story. […]