Worthless Things

A perfect specimen of strength and beauty, the horse rears–mane and tail at attention, hooves, flank and muzzle covered in aluminum foil. Wait . . . what? You, too, can be the proud owner of a 12-foot wood-carved sculpture of a horse partially covered with foil for a mere $5,000. As we gazed at the…

Rest in the Beautiful Chaos

Do you ever wish you could shed motherhood like taking off a heavy coat? Hang it on a hook just for a moment while you breathe a sigh of relief from the weight lifted from your shoulders? When I was pregnant, I longed for a moment free of the literal weight of my belly causing…

Is This Where I Live Now?

“This is where I live now,” said the birthday boy as he collapsed onto the bench. Josiah started off his 16th birthday with a sick stomach just as he was opening his long-awaited presents. Still trying to salvage such a momentous birthday, we headed to his favorite breakfast joint for cinnamon crunch bagels. Though he…

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…

Fallen Beauty

Green leaves change to red, orange, and gold. A lush tree of summer becomes a multi-faceted flame of fall. The beauty attracts admirers. Scenic drives through the mountains engulf us in the breathtaking beauty of fall. In time the leaves fall to the ground. When the fallen leaves blanket our yard, what do we see?…

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…

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…

Share the Love

What’s the word on the lips of so many on this Valentine’s Day? LOVE What does it mean to really love someone? Is it merely the fluttery feelings in our stomachs when the man of our dreams comes near? Is it the swell of warmth in our chests as we look down on our sleeping children?…