My Valentine

He doesn’t tell me I look tired even when I stumble out of bed, bleary-eyed every morning. He responds to emails and reads the news while he waits for his turn in the bathroom. “Love is patient and kind.” When my best friend drives in for the weekend, he encourages our movie-watching. He provides the…

And We Wait

Saturday mornings are for sleeping in and watching cartoons … but not for swimmers. The alarm sounded at an ungodly 5 a.m. I stumbled around doing my Mom thing to get myself ready as well as the things we would need to survive until past noon. We backed out of the driveway in the dark….

A Treasured Gift

The tide splashed over the rocks a few feet away. I retreated several steps. Still, Kaden climbed. At the top of the boulder, he gazed in awe at the last rays of the day sparkling over the water. As the sun continued to dip and the water continued its march inland, I insisted it was…

The Benefit of Trust

I opened the pen so the dogs could stretch their legs in the yard. They ran around, relieved themselves, and ate worms–they are dogs, after all. When it was time to go back inside, I was presented with a problem. My parents clean the dogs’ paws whenever they come back in the house. Mario was…

The Rules of Christmas

It’s November 24th and many of you will begin the process of decorating for Christmas. You’ll drag the tree in from the garage and try to remember how in the world the pieces fit together. When you get it set up, you’ll grind your teeth in frustration over the section that refuses to light up….

Time to Fill Up

Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin bread. Candy corn. Kids in costumes fill their buckets with delicious candy (and sometimes apples, boxes of raisins, or coupons, unfortunately) as they panhandle door-to-door one night of the year. We stuff ourselves to bursting with turkey covered in gravy, mashed potatoes covered in gravy, and dressing covered in gravy. Okay,…

Forget-Me-Not Day

Today is National Forget-Me-Not Day. No, I am not making that up. According to nationaldaycalendar.com this is a day to reconnect. Since there is no history for who started this national day or why, I’ve created my own backstory. I imagine a woman was planning out the coming holidays (because most of us like a…

White Elephant

We are smack in the middle of Christmas party time. My family attended a small group Christmas party this week. The dinner and dessert were wonderful, but the most enjoyable part of the night was the white elephant game. If you’ve never played this game, here are the rules. Each person brings a wrapped gift…

Messes and Mishaps

A few years ago my son Kaden and I were shopping in Target during the holidays. I made the mistake of going down the aisle with the gingerbread house kits. My creativity is limited to writing, scrap booking, and home design. Even still, a theme of “less is more” carries through those categories. Crafting is…