You know what's awesome? Shopping in a store and having someone shout across the aisle, "WAIT! I KNOW YOU... YOU WERE MY COMPUTER TEACHER IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!" It's been nearly a decade since this man was a boy at our school. He's had countless teachers help him lead and learn over the years (and to… Continue reading The Seeds You Sow
"Mom! Let's play a game together!" Even though I've been a parent for more than two decades, these words always make me smile. I love spending quality time with my children - individually and together - and I have a fully-stocked game closet ready at a moment's notice for whatever game they want to play.… Continue reading Tracking Towers
One Word 2023
Last year my father-in-law surprised me with an AeroGarden so I could successfully grow fresh herbs in my home. It was an exciting gift to receive as gardening in any form is not one of my strengths. There were only three steps to success: plug in the device, insert the seed pod, and add water… Continue reading One Word 2023
50 RAKs for 50 Years – Let’s Go!
Welcome to birthday season! As many of you know, birthday season is a BIG deal in my world. Our busiest months are September and October when we celebrate the birthdays of all our children and extended family members (including myself!) I have a container of decorations that I use year after year, hanging colorful streamers… Continue reading 50 RAKs for 50 Years – Let’s Go!
A Season of All Things
This summer I attempted to do the impossible. If you read my blog post "Immersed," or viewed my social media posts, you know that my summer has been a whirlwind of grand proportions. Each month brought major life events and celebrations, many of which occur only once in a lifetime. June spotlighted my middle child,… Continue reading A Season of All Things
Have you ever found yourself in a season of total immersion? I knew 2022 was going to be a busy year when I bought a new calendar for January and started adding important events to the weeks and months ahead. Son's graduation. Nephew's baby's due date. Family vacation. Daughter's wedding. There was an energy of… Continue reading Immersed
Five Years. That's how long I have been without a mother. Today I wondered if I would see any hearts in the world around me, but nothing was unusual. Just another day, another date on the calendar. The world continues on. I listened to multiple renditions of "May the Fourth Be With You" as I… Continue reading Five Years
Kindness for Ukraine
"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" ~Mr. Rogers My heart falls back on those words of Mr. Rogers in times of tragedy and they, indeed, shine a light on… Continue reading Kindness for Ukraine
Beignets for Jessica
The world is heavy right now. So heavy. Every time I turn on the TV or tap into social media, I'm met with shock, sadness, anger, fear, and hate. All justified emotions, especially in light of current events happening between Russia and the people of Ukraine. My heart hurts for those whose lives have literally… Continue reading Beignets for Jessica
When Birthdays Continue
Yesterday was my mom's birthday. I woke up thinking of her, wondering how we might celebrate if she was still alive. Fifty years ago, in January 1972, she discovered she was pregnant with me, the weight of that insight surely a burden on her 18-year-old heart. Welcome to adulthood! Now you're a mother. I thought… Continue reading When Birthdays Continue