A Walk in the Margin

My son Kaden, at 5 years old, said, “Mommy! I’ve been running around a lot and now my breath hurts!” I know just how he feels. So often I run through my days like a hamster running on a wheel. I rush through every item on my to-do list until I finish … or collapse…

2015 Challenge: De-clutter

I know some people don’t like resolutions. I get it–why set yourself up for failure, right? However, I like to use the beginning of each new year to develop a new positive habit. 2015 is no different. While on Pinterest, I found an article on Hometalk called “The One-A-Day/365 Day De-cluttering Experiment–Simplifying Life!” This article…

The Kiddie Car

I miss the days of pushing these carts around the grocery store. My sons loved to “drive” down each aisle. When they turned the wheel to the right, the cart turned right. When they turned the wheel to the left, the cart still turned right. Wait…that can’t be right, can it? My boys loved to…

Human Warning Signs

“Tiger-splash zone. Stand Back” “What in the world does that mean?” said my son Kaden when we visited the zoo that is part of the Greensboro Science Center. Two tigers were prowling around the enclosure. We backed up … just in time to miss being sprayed with tiger pee. Whew! While we laughed about how…

Happy Anniversary, Dan River Church!

Today we celebrate five years since we launched Dan River Church. My, how time flies! Our first Sunday was October 4, 2009. We prayed for months ahead of time. We built a team of volunteers to help us launch. We prayed together. We prepared the materials we would need for the service, as well as…

A New Season

Carting chairs onto a field of manicured grass covered in dew. Waiting in anticipation for a fresh, new jersey and socks. Accomplishing the nearly impossible challenge of cramming a child’s wiggly foot into a shin guard, never-ending sock, and tiny cleat. Yes, folks, fall soccer season is upon us! Kaden played in his first game…

It’s Good for You

Take your vitamins. Eat your vegetables. Brush your teeth. Do your homework. As a mom, I ask my kids to do things they don’t like to do because it’s good for them. Well, I got a taste of my own medicine. I have just stepped in as a trainer for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at…

Make a Wish

When my youngest was 4 years old, he used to love riding around the neighborhood in a little green wagon. Every time we saw a “wishing flower,” I had to stop immediately so that Kaden could get out. He would then carefully pick the flower, make a wish, and blow the flowers until he had…

Measure Up

We celebrated my youngest son’s birthday last weekend. My big 9-year-old. The celebration started with a giant donut from Halls, a local pastry shop. He opened presents, put together a new Lego set and hex bug track, played video games, ate steak, fries, and a s’more for lunch, played at a trampoline park, played more…

Developing a Taste

One night my husband and I asked our boys where they wanted to go for dinner. My oldest son called out, “SAMs!” “As in … the warehouse SAMs?” I asked. “Yes, I love their pizza and cinnamon pretzels,” he replied. This is the same kid whose favorite foods are seared ahi tuna and cedar-plank salmon….