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…

Lessons from a Hack

You may have heard about the Equifax breach, but have you heard about the equally frightening Randlett hack? My son complained of his computer not allowing him access to the website where he completes his online classes. A fully functioning computer is a necessity when completing online school. I don’t consider myself technologically illiterate ……

Sacrifice

I remember exactly where I was (sick in bed with my first pregnancy) sixteen years ago when news of the first tower’s collapse spread. Most people do. So many men and women sacrificed their time, energy, and even their lives rescuing survivors that day and in the following days. We remember such a horrendous day…

Longing for Home

It was 9:45 on a Monday night when my cell phone rang. It was a number I didn’t recognize. There are way too many telemarketers out there offering “free” 3 or 4 night stays in Orlando. “All we ask is that you attend a 15 hour timeshare presentation where we will not take ‘no’ for…

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…

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….

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…

Faithful

“I’m finished! I’m finished! Praise the Lord!” This is what I wanted to run through the house yelling, while doing cartwheels and dancing like a crazy person…but it was 1:00 in the morning. I had to settle for a sigh of relief and a pat on my own back (pathetic, I know). I have had…

Lessons from an ultrasound

I’ve been creating photo albums of my two sons to give as gifts for my family. I came across this page in our own family book… (This is not my profile, by the way; it’s just a generic die-cut.) I remember how excited my husband and I were to find out the gender of our…