Second-Time-Around Mom Life: Messy and Beautiful

Second-Time-Around Mom Life: Messy and Beautiful

Shhhhhhh! It’s that time of morning, when everyone is gone but me. It’s still. It’s quiet. It’s golden! Honestly, it’s only 7:45 am and my pillow beckons as I make up my bed. The 6 am alarm was unwelcome today. I think crashing back in sounds lovely. Then I remember —...
Acceptance Is More Than Tolerance

Acceptance Is More Than Tolerance

Rejection hurts. But sometimes I think mediocrity towards a person hurts worse. I grew up hearing, “Hate the sin; love the sinner.” And since we all are guilty of sin . . . let’s just give everyone a big giant love fest! Gotta hug for me? I need a big ol’ dose of...
The Life Changing Power of Live Theater

The Life Changing Power of Live Theater

Musical theater — where I was able to see my two older kids’ hearts heal and reach out to others. It’s where I was able to watch them find a place they belonged, and something they excelled at. I loved every moment of that discovery. We had moved to Virginia Beach,...
New Kid in Town Blues

New Kid in Town Blues

She looked completely dejected — head thrown back, eyes staring, body slumped. “What’s up, Love?” Deep sigh. Rolling eyes. Outburst. “I don’t have any friends. I’m new. The girls all pair off, and the one I had over for the play date only plays with her best friend...