Lightening Their Loads

"Mom, I miss people," my 10-year-old who loves alone time and video games shared with me the other day. My heart suddenly felt heavy. You see, at the beginning of the pandemic, it was easy to think optimistic, to make plans, and to explain how staying home meant protecting those we love. Yes, we see... Continue Reading →

Hope in Grief: Loving in Hurt

It's interesting. So many of us hoped for a new start in 2021... something different than 2020. In our community, our very near community, it has definitely been different, though not in the way we hoped. On January 6, John and I watched the news covertly - DC is our semi/upcoming home and it's not... Continue Reading →

Edge of my Seat

Here it is. We've said goodbye to 2020. And we're ushering in a new year. While we've all made lots of comments and jokes about not being so sad to see 2020 go, I don't think any of us expects a new world when we walk out our doors during this first week of 2021.... Continue Reading →

2021: Stepping in Quietly

Maybe you've seen it too, but this week, a rapidly spreading meme caught my attention and made me chuckle. "No one claim 2021 as your year," it says. "We're going to step in real quietly. Don't make any noise. Don't. Touch. Anything." I laughed and shared it with a few friends. But, I haven't been... Continue Reading →

Come to the Table

Several months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a friend for coffee... someone I hadn't seen for years. During this time, she shared her story, a story of redemption that I felt honored to listen to. God picked her up from one of the darkest places someone could find themselves in, and brought her... Continue Reading →

Advent 2020: Craving Hope

We all know the drill. It's not "culturally acceptable" to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving happens. We all roll our eyes when the trees come out in department stores before summer ends. We make jokes about skipping other holidays. While some of us wait with baited breath to press play on our Christmas playlists (minus... Continue Reading →

Not My Strength.

"Not my strength, but yours." "Not my will, but yours." As a believer, I know the truth behind these words, at least I thought I did. I know that I can do all things through him who strengthens me (God). I know that every good and perfect gift is from above. I know that the... Continue Reading →

Digging Deep: Planning for Winter

Unlike my extra-extroverted husband, I am not someone who thrives in loud, busy spaces. I enjoy time to think. Quiet. The sounds of nature (if an ocean is involved in that sound, even better!). I don't need to be surrounded by a bunch of friends - though I keep a small, tight group especially close... Continue Reading →

Not of This World

I've been a voting member of society since my 18th birthday. Granted, a lot of people have a few more election cycles under their belts than me, but, I've been at it awhile. Regardless how many elections I've participated in, and others have participated in, when I find myself in conversation (perhaps more often than... Continue Reading →

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