Distraction or Connection

I open my journal, prepare the Bible app to read a chapter of Scripture, and call out a short prayer: God, I want to hear from You. A whistling interrupts my prayer. I jump up to silence the noise before it wakes the whole house. Tea now brewing … where was I? Oh, right, God,…

Smack in the Face

Tears slid down my cheeks, unbidden. Why did they have to come? Pained and bewildered eyes looked down at me. This six-foot teenager tucked me under his chin as he embraced me, not knowing what else to do. But it was all wrong. How could this towering young man be the same creature I lifted…

The Things We Do to Be Healthy

Being an adult is hard. There, I said it. Envy bubbles up from the recesses of my mind when I consider the responsibility-free life of my children. As an adult, I am expected to take care of my health. I brush my teeth without being told and go to the dentist, hoping to never have…

Pain in Training

My feet are frozen ice pops without socks to warm them, but I suffer through the discomfort. I’ll just think warm thoughts. My chai tea has cooled, making it an unappealing room temperature, but this one time, it’s okay. I’ll just drink it anyway. I can hear the tune announcing the end of the dryer…

Unmasked

During a time when children don masks and panhandle for treats throughout neighborhoods, leaves remove their masks of summer. I am not too proud to tell you that a child opened my eyes to a new truth this week. I vaguely remember from elementary science that the limited fall sun causes a lack of chlorophyll,…

A Ride in the Car

Some things take some getting used to … like my youngest riding next to me in the car. For the past 12 years I have caught my son’s eye in the rearview mirror as he rode safely tucked in the backseat. Now that he is legally allowed to ride in the passenger seat, I’m struggling…

Closer to the Edge

My youngest starts 6th grade today. I read that sentence and think, “That cannot be right.” (Also, I’m not old enough to have a high schooler and middle schooler, right?) How did this happen? It seems like yesterday I lifted his tiny body out of the crib. Now he is nearly as tall as me….

Offer an Oreo

Today is National Eat an Oreo Day. I admit I had no idea. We are big fans of Oreos in this family. When we’re feeling a bit adventurous, we try seasonal Oreos. We are always disappointed, though. The original Oreo trumps all other Oreos (except Double Stuff Oreos … maybe). Oreos provide a great memory…

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…

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…