Happy People

Happy people are fun to be with. How can I be one of them? We have this interesting dynamic going on at our house. Some of my kids are really into laughing, clapping, humming, dancing. Others? Not so much. Recently, an older sibling was shushing a younger one for expressing that joie de vivre. I […]

He can calm any storm.

Image by Kevin Dooley under Creative Commons license I was reading in Matthew this week about the disciples in the boat in the storm: Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was […]

A Confession

I confess, Lord, that I have nitpicked my children. Oh yes, I have. In the name of wanting to teach them the right way to go, I’ve discouraged them. One sighs, “I can’t do anything right.” And my heart tears in two. Please change me. Please forgive me. Please use my words to build them […]

Who Sets You Free?

The following was originally published on July 4, 2011. Photo Source: Michael Caven I love the country that we live in. I love the principles that the Founding Fathers set forth: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I love that there have been men and women willing to fight for those freedoms, whether physically […]

Flight Plans May Be Delayed

We can make the best plans in the world, and the experience can still be fraught with complications and challenges. What then? A couple weeks ago I flew across the country to spend a weekend talking, laughing, and brainstorming about life with some blogging friends. I had a chance to tour Colonial Williamsburg, meet one […]

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will […]

The High Cost of Watering

Motherhood is like watering the lawn. It’s costly. But the results are totally worth it. Warm weather has arrived. Yeah! A few weeks ago we received a reminder from our gardener (included in our rental) that we should up our lawn watering. The result?  A higher priced water bill — and a lusher lawn. Every good […]

Needing You More

As my children grow older, I realize finally what my friend Cathy meant when she said my children would need me more, not less, as they approached the teen years. My three younger children, 7, 5, and 3, need me to orchestrate baths, prepare their meals, and take care of a myriad of other details. […]