#OneWord365 2017

Are you familiar with the idea of choosing a single word and seeing where it takes you in a year? It’s not too late to join the official movement here: This past year my word was restore; and did I experience restoration? I think so, yes. More about that in a moment. It’s both a […]

10 Ways I’m Becoming My Mother

I’ve noticed a recent mental shift. When I have flashbacks of childhood memories, I’m thinking less about my own perception of experiences and relating more to my mother than my own young self… The way she tried to dance around us lingering in her bathroom as she got ready… The way she listened to our […]

Day 30: The Gift of Listening

So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.   -Jiddu Krishnamurti   One of the greatest gifts we can give someone is the gift of listening. […]

On Not Belonging to our Social Networking Feeds

It’s day 27 of my #write31day challenge and I have been meaning to write on the topic of social media since the beginning!  Back in 2007, I signed up for an account with a trend I couldn’t let slip by. I got to add my profile picture, supply my info and let the world know […]

Belonging Day 24: Gaining Eternal Perspective

I’ve been out of town for a few days with the kids and belong with my husband right now. Therefore, I can not be laboring behind a computer all evening…. but I do have this #write31days thing I’m doing and tonight’s no exception. Our trip took us back to Michigan to fulfill an obligation I had […]

Where Is My Fairy Godmother?

On Belonging to Our Reality It’s four o’clock in the afternoon and in my house, that usually means the witching hour. Something is heating on the burner for dinner, toys are strewn about, the kids are at their highest need levels and I am at my most emotionally burdened point in the day. And there […]

Creativity Takes Courage

  “Creativity Takes Courage” – Henri Matisse Every night my husband and I mechanically whirl through the evening tasks. Dinner served, kitchen cleaned up, kids bathed, teeth brushed, lunches assembled, toilets wiped down, stories read, kids tucked in, bills paid and emails returned. Weary, grateful, angry, cheerful, lonely, filled. The emotions ebb and flow as […]

Belonging Day 14: On Being Married to Your Opposite

There  My husband and I have many aspects in common: our faith, our love of the outdoors and camping, our mutual need to exercise, our passion to play and listen to good music. Those are the points of intersection that drew us together, the initial realizations that made us rotate our posture from side to […]

Day 12: Belonging in the Light

Last night on the sprawling city golf course near our home, the beauty was enchanting. The rolling hills awash in a glow of soft light, the trees bathing in the colors signaling their coming sabbatical and the wind gently tossing around the 70 degree air. I’m just starting to toss around the idea that if I’m […]

Day 10: Pining for The Place You Used to Belong

When I was in high school, I carried with me many dreams. Some of them were about vocation (nurse), now many kids I’d have (4), who I’d marry (it’s changed many times since then) and where I’d live (out West). In college I entered the nursing program and finished four years later. One box checked. […]