Want to Change a Life? Show up. Consistently.

Want to Change a Life? Show up. Consistently.

Family Some days, I just long for a gentle sunrise awakening. Or a gentle rainfall. Or the routine sounds of my family rising. These are all the things I love. Adore. Expect. My last two children are adopted. They were 6 and 7 when they came to bless our world. It’s...
Parenting Means Having Some Little Secrets

Parenting Means Having Some Little Secrets

Earth magnets are really cool! We have a few sets — round BB-size ones. Their claim to fame is that when stepped on, they can make you skate across the floor in your tennis shoes, or they hurt like the dickens in bare feet! Large ones? Seriously, I am able to hang the...
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 —...
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...