I ran out of peppermint cocoa this morning. Just like that. Not a single ounce to add to my morning coffee, nor console me that the fifth day of Pacific Northwest rain is not so terrible. My medically fragile daughter, recently diagnosed with anemia, is home today. It is "that time of the month" … Continue reading Draw Near
We all know what is going to happen here, don't we? As I stare out at the vast array of pumpkins showing off under the blue sky and autumnal sun, it really is quite obvious. The search for the perfect pumpkin ensues. Cinerella Casper white Jack O' Lantern Sweet Dumpling Galeux d' Eysines Jarrahdale No … Continue reading Day 8.
** For days 4 and 5, I shared a blog post from the Archives on my Facebook Page ** Today is just a bit of a free write. Do you ever do those? Perhaps in a journal? For many years, I taught at-risk high schoolers, as well as ESL. At the start of every … Continue reading Day 6 and 7.
Truth. I have been thinking about this word a lot lately. Tell the truth. What is truth? What is my truth? Stay true to your truth. Over the past six months, I have been on my own journey of seeking truth. I have been researching the history of racism in this country. I have been … Continue reading Day 2. And 3.
I have decided to participate in the 31 Days of Writing. Over the past few months, I have been writing articles for publications, including READY magazine and Redbud Writer's Guild. And I have loved every minute of it. Dear Reader, here on this blog, October is between you and me. The timing could not be … Continue reading 31 Days
I started swimming when I was four years old. I joined my first swim team competitively at age 5 and for the next 8 years - I never took home a ribbon that was not 1st or 2nd place in any event. My swim coach, Dave, was the type of coach every kid should experience. … Continue reading Swim.
"Carrie - do not hold on too tight." I scoffed at our beloved neonatologist when he said this. We were standing over the examining table, inspecting Bella's double lumen port that lead to her vena cava. She had just had this life giving mechanism inserted the week before and really this appointment was to scrutinize me … Continue reading 12.
The roots of a tree in our backyard. In January. Exposed. Battling the elements. The connectors between the fruit, the trunk, branch, and leaf. The exposed roots continue underground. You can't see them. The roots that seek out nourishment, sustaining the tree - in its entirety. The roots of the tree in our backyard. … Continue reading Exposed.
She is seven and I am only allowed to kiss her once a day on the top of her head. Hugs are only given, never received. Snuggling is only when there is a subsequent fever. At first - I thought perhaps my daughter was merely attempting to emulate her tween sister. I waited until she … Continue reading When Your Child’s “Love Language” is Acts of Service.
I am sharing here an article that I wrote for READY magazine with their permission. I cannot recommend this magazine highly enough and hope that you will click on this link to sign up to receive their quarterly publication via print or download. Start by getting January's publication entitled, "Shattering the Myths". I am very … Continue reading Unjustified.