The Gift of Grace

It came into my inbox, almost two months after I thought the pressure of gift giving was over.  But there it was – I was faced with the challenge of a white elephant gift exchange.  I’ll be honest, these things stress me out.  Not because I don’t like giving gifts, but because I don’t like … More The Gift of Grace

The Circles – Part Eight – Mentors

Does anyone else feel like there is just too much to know?  I’m trying to be a grown-up, I really am.  But there is just so much to understand.  To balance.  To take care of. Spirituality.  Physical Health.  Family.  Money.  Taxes.  Mental Health.  Friends.  Parenting.  DIY Projects.  Cultivating Passion.  Service.  Retirement.  Politics.  Debt.  World Issues. … More The Circles – Part Eight – Mentors


I didn’t want to do it.  But at the same time I did want to.  Have you ever had those moments?  When you feel called to do something, but that something is outside of your comfort zone?  In the grand scheme of things, this calling of mine is relatively small.  Writing about my walk with … More Qualified

First Response

My phone was buzzing off the nightstand at 3 am.  I was jolted awake from a perfectly wonderful dream to heed a perfectly frightening tornado warning. I had hoped that a perk of moving away from the Midwest would be a relief from the constant threat of storms.  Yet storms–physical and emotional– always seem to … More First Response


My eyes shifted back and forth across the room, making sure no one would witness what I was about to do.  I was quiet.  I was quick.  I stole a package of cheese crackers.  From my child.   Maybe I should back up a bit. Life is good.  I’m spending time with God daily.  I … More Enough

What If We Show Up?

My daughter’s birthday is pushing its way toward me on the calendar.  It will be joyful and fun and happy.  Yet panic is trying to steal the excitement of planning the celebration.  The “what ifs” attack me every year.  What if we pick a date that conflicts with sports and activities and life?  What if her best … More What If We Show Up?