Radical Surgery

Scoliosis. The word conjures images of leaning over in the middle school locker room while the coach checked my spine for abnormalities. An extremely uncomfortable situation became an area of concern when I failed the spine test. My spine has an s-curve with a twist. I like to think of my spine as just being…

Flail or Flip

I lived at the pool as a kid. I turned cartwheels from the side of the pool into the water. I performed dives, both forward and backward, from the curved edge of the water. Maddeningly, I could not summon the courage to jump from the diving board. The board was a mere five feet above…

Delusions

I came down with a sore throat over a month ago. Congestion was followed by an incessant cough–a cough that would not allow me to speak more than 2 words of a sentence before the pressure in my chest would cause me to cough. It has been super annoying and draining. By late afternoon each…

Am I a Failure Because I Failed?

I have an admission to make: I failed geography in the 9th grade. I could make excuses. My parents had just gone through a grueling divorce. We had moved across the country to yet another new school. My teacher spoke with such a strong accent that I could barely understand what he said. However, if…

Come Sit with Me

When I first got married, I felt less than. My brand new husband and I had just moved across several states so he could minister to the youth at a great church there. The women were friendly but it seemed the main topics of conversation were cooking and having babies. Looking back, I know that…

Calling Out

Sitting on the hard ground in front of Cinderella’s castle, my son Kaden fidgeted. We had just experienced one of the most amazing fireworks displays at DisneyWorld’s Magic Kingdom. We were holding down the fort for a great seat at the Once Upon a Time show. None of us had ever seen the show before….

On the Plateau

Easter: what a wonderful day to celebrate the resurrection of Christ! Because of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, we, as believers in Christ, will also be raised from the dead in due time. Whether we are employed by the church or volunteer our time and talents to the church, we have just come off a…

Unlimited Room

When I was six years old, I wanted to be Dorothy Hamill. Dorothy Hamill skated so beautifully over the crystalline surface of the ice. I coveted her life so much that I even asked for a Dorothy Hamill haircut (which looked more like a boys’ bowl cut on me). I skated for hours a day,…

New Arenas

Splitting your pants is never fun. Splitting the ski pants you borrowed while learning to ski with friends can be a little funny … in retrospect. Several friends and I decided to go skiing in Mammoth. I was the only freshman skier so I decided to brave the slopes with them and learn along the…

Shout for Joy

It’s that time of year again … March Madness. Sixty-eight college basketball teams begin the tournament hoping to win the national trophy three weeks later. Coincidentally, this is the time of year I read more books and magazines than normal and binge watch TV shows that only I like. My husband and two sons alike…