be grateful

Sometimes life sucks. There’s no more eloquent way to put it. Life experiences can be frustrating, heartbreaking, painful, depressing, and more. Regardless the extent of the challenge, age and experience lead to understanding these two truths: Whatever the difficulty, it will eventually pass. Make the best of every situation. Even the most unbearable situation will […]


Restoring Our Faith

December 16, 2012

in Life Lessons

When a tragedy strikes, we, as a nation, grieve with the victims and their families. We feel touched by the heartbreaking accounts when the tragedy is a natural disaster, but so much more when the tragic event is caused by another human being. Loss is loss–no less significant if children are swept away by a […]


Thanks Santa

December 3, 2012

in Life Lessons

It’s official. With only 22 days until Santa arrives, we are in full swing for the Christmas season. If you are like my family, the count for this holiday starts 364 days in advance. The excitement isn’t just about Christmas morning and presents though; it’s about the return of the Christmas season. Picking a tree, […]


Love, Hope, and Faith

November 21, 2012

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Consumer-focused Black Friday is looming, and threatening to take the spotlight off Thanksgiving. Many retailers are opening on the holiday this year, which to me is sad. I refuse to shop Friday, planning to spend another family-focused day together instead. Thankfully, others are also thinking of more important needs than those that are found at […]


The gray area. My own version of a mental Purgatory. Having uncertainty leaves me spinning, looking incessantly for the answer so that I can move myself safely into a clearly-defined area: the land of black and white. But sometimes, no matter how hard I focus on something that is not clear to me, I won’t […]


A Week of Giving Thanks

November 19, 2012

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This week of Thanksgiving I will be doing something more productive than stressing about seating for dinner, figuring out if I have enough plates to feed 40+ people dessert, or whether I am buying the right size turkey to feed the crowd. Instead I am working a little each day to prepare logistically while spending […]