We knew there would be rain. It's the Pacific Northwest. And it is La Niña. So there is always rain. What we did not know, when we escaped to the Oregon Coast for a couple of nights as a family, is that there was a tremendous storm rolling in. And we would be, for a … Continue reading Eye of the Storm
Like most of you, I am a huge fan of the television show, This is Us. And last night's episode was no exception, so if you have not yet seen it, consider this your spoiler alert. As per usual, I DVR'd the episode so that I could watch it today by myself with no risk … Continue reading This is Me
We move into our new home on Sunday. This move has been a source of panic attacks and sadness for me and I have had trouble understanding why. I mean, this should be a source of joy and gratitude, right? What is wrong with me that I have felt anxiety and dread? One of the … Continue reading The Greatest of These
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.
I sat across the table from her. It was a gorgeous summer evening, and yet, the air was heavy. She was not her usual upbeat self, in fact, the deep grief was palpable. She had called me asking if I could meet last minute. I knew, from previous conversations, that this day was coming. As … Continue reading A Friend is One.
Maybe it is just the time in life. Maybe it is the stage of life that I am in. Regardless, there are many people in my village right now whose grief runs deep and wide. And unlike a Lifetime movie, it is jagged and rough. It is costly and relentless. It takes its toll … Continue reading God is Not Done with You Yet.
My daughter turns 10 years old one week from today. My entire week has become devoted to planning the ultimate Minecraft party. We celebrate birthdays quite enthusiastically around here. Let me tell you why. My Bella is a medically fragile child. I just learned that term about a year ago when a professional referred … Continue reading 10.