Sowing Seeds: A Word for the Forgetful

(This post is for a friend. What you do, matters.) All I was doing was the laundry. It was a normal day. Got up. Made bed. Popped in a load. But, on this normal morning, I glanced over my left shoulder and I saw the most beautiful, most hopeful thing that I had in a while. . . … Continue reading Sowing Seeds: A Word for the Forgetful

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Dealing With It: When Life Erupts and You Can’t Ignore It

It was the smell that got me. No, before that, it was the toilet. The toilet that I, jokingly, told my Facebook friends needed more of a relationship: But, there were signs. There always are. First it was the toilet, water rising at an alarming rate and thankfully (or, so I thought) receding to lower levels. … Continue reading Dealing With It: When Life Erupts and You Can’t Ignore It

Do Not Grow Weary. . . Because it’s Exhausting Being Good

It was a rough day. I could tell as soon as she walked to the car. Eyes down, chin to chest. Something was up. Back home, we sat down together and read the note from the teacher. It hadn't been a good day. At all. She cried. I was perplexed. This was not my girl. … Continue reading Do Not Grow Weary. . . Because it’s Exhausting Being Good

Made to Share:

There was an irony in yesterday's post. While I am not on Facebook, my post was. It was tossed in the pile of Feeds that I bemoaned yesterday. What effect it had, I have no idea. That's the sorrow of throwing something out to a hundred different hands. Yet, I know that what I offer isn't … Continue reading Made to Share:

Disconnecting: How Hard it is

If the sunlight brightens a leaf on a tree and no one posts it on Instagram, does it really happen? I'm taking a break from social media this week. I'm not responding to text messages unless it's a plan to get together. I am disconnecting and it is not easy. Sitting in the living room, watching … Continue reading Disconnecting: How Hard it is

Rain and Relationships

Winter has set in. Hard and resilient, the ice storms and snow days have compounded the Midwest. I never thought I would dread an early morning call from the school. Thankfully, we have only suffered one day of power outage. The rest has been a time of waiting and a willing remembrance that spring will … Continue reading Rain and Relationships

Pain and Community: How We Validate Each Other

Today was my smallest girl's yearly check-up. Big four as she told her doctor. She's doing fine. Growing well. Everything she's capable of is appropriate for her age, including her sudden dislike of green food variety. But, then we hear the news:She'll need these shots today. . . I wasn't surprised. I figured this was coming. … Continue reading Pain and Community: How We Validate Each Other