It seemed a simple assignment. Define a word and use it in a sentence. A basic vocabulary exercise. My son sat across the table from me. Looking for my approval, he read me his understanding of the definition. He had used as few words as possible to minimize how much he had to write. “So […]
We had a long winter this year. Maybe it was the absence of sunshine or lack of a church home within our new community, but I struggled with feeling really low. When I found time to write, I couldn’t get a coherent thought to form on the page. You may have noticed my absence. I […]
The end of summer is often marked by the arrival of September. Bright yellow buses are seen in many neighborhoods, taking away backyard activity and the roar of children laughing. I was surprised how early the schools in our community began this year. Even some homeschooling families were sharing back to school adventures several weeks […]
When my son battled cancer, I never asked “Why?” I put my son and my trust in the hands of God. Throughout his illness I prayed for healing. I knew my God was bigger than cancer. I had always been taught if I had enough faith and stood on scripture, the sick would be healed. […]
I wanted to be excited about my evening out. As a stay at home mom, an evening out with my husband was something to look forward to. Oh I know, I know, it was a holiday party. Although you never know what to really expect, it was a break away from the usual routine of […]
His face reflected such deep concentration as he bent over the small paper leaf, gripping his pencil too tightly. He’d just learned a new cursive letter and insisted he had enough letters to write out, in cursive, what he was thankful for. With satisfaction, he announced I could put his leaf on the thankful tree. […]
Memories and emotions are funny things. Although they know no bounds of time, time can cause memories to stir and emotions to come to the surface. At least that was my weekend experience, where ten years felt like yesterday, as I reflected on the anniversary of the loss of my son. The morning of my […]
I have come to believe parenting is the single most challenging privilege I will ever experience. The rush of responsibility in holding a new infant, the joy of first steps, the worrisome late nights of illness, the hours of backyard batting practice, and nights of just one more book. So many memories already made with […]
When my daughter was only a few years old, I had a major “uh oh” moment. She displayed behavior which was clearly an effort to get what she wanted by manipulation. She even admitted as much.
My son would have graduated high school this year. I pray his childhood friends remember the message he left for them.