We say "if you could only walk a mile in another's shoes" but frankly - most likely those shoes will not fit. Right? I am a sucker for metaphors, symbolism, idioms, even a hyperbole or two. No question. As a mother, I find this phrase to be a beautiful springboard for conversations that lead to a better … Continue reading When Your Shoes Do Not Fit Me.
I know I am preaching to the choir, here, but sunsets. Oh my goodness. I love them. Always have. My favorite type of sunsets are the ones here on the West Coast that settle down over the Pacific. I have hundreds of captures. I am sharing some of my favorites here with you. I turned … Continue reading Chasing Sunsets
I cannot believe it. Honestly. On Saturday, June 20th, we completely missed the 10th Anniversary of Bella's Kidney Transplant. Missed it. Woosh. Is that a good thing? I guess it is in the sense that life has moved on. And we are living it. And Bella is doing well. My body knew, however. I felt … Continue reading 10th Anniversary
We met across the ocean. Under the shadow of a beautiful Bohemian cathedral, cobblestone streets, medieval architecture, and the best beer in the world - we fell in love. And it was the controversial type of love, as I was his teacher and he was a student in my conversation class. Upon completion of my … Continue reading To My Husband.
My daughter graduated from Kindergarten today. For the end of the year program, each class takes turns standing up on the stage and performing their recitations. My daughter's class had a song, a poem, and a Bible verse to recite. My daughter HATES recitation. And truth be told - it is really not her strength. … Continue reading Moving Back a Row
Last weekend, I got to fulfill something on my bucket list by attending International Justice Mission's Global Prayer Gathering (GPG) in Washington, D.C. I was there at the invitation of a non-profit for which I do some contract work. The GPG is an international gathering of all of IJM's field directors in various places around … Continue reading Please Come Back For Me.
Bella asked me tonight if I remembered the day of her birth. Boy, do I. I remember so many things, and yet, there is so much I do not remember. I remember the roads to the hospital - the route we took so many times. Too many times. I remember the look on my doctor's … Continue reading Remember.
We're Different, You and I. It's true. We're the Same, You and I. It's true. I believe in the value of reformed health care. You believe it is complete rubbish. We're different. When my daughter was sick, you pitched in. You know hurt, and pain, and loss. As do I. We're the same. … Continue reading We’re Different, We’re the Same.
There are moments. Moments like this - in the midst of the chaos external and internal where there is Pause. It catches you off-guard. You literally stop in your tracks. Silence. The moment is so pronounced that you are acutely aware of your Inhale. Innnnnnnn..... The lungs expand. You hold your breath - not wanting … Continue reading The Beauty of the Inhale
We talk about dreams a lot. Have you noticed? In fact, we are an entire nation built upon them. We are a nation that freely bares our soul, shares our stories, and as such- people come from all over the world in pursuit of their own. I certainly am a dreamer. If I were to … Continue reading I Am Enough