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…

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…

A Layer of Mulch

Weeds abound in our yard. They snake under and through the bushes. They migrate to our potted plants. They pretend to be grass. Our new yard guy has some big shoes to fill. The previous yard guy parked in front of the house every two weeks or so pulling a trailer full of equipment. Not…

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,…

Is Now a Good Time?

My oldest son is applying for his first job. As he filled in the applications, he peppered me with questions. “What hours should I say I’m available? I don’t want to work on Sundays because of church, but I also don’t want to work on Fridays so I don’t miss out on all the fun…

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…

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…

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…

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…