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December 6, 2019

Do you remember that scene in Finding Nemo with the seagulls all yelling, “Mine, mine, MINE!” I think of that scene every year around Christmas time, I cringe thinking of children behaving that way on Christmas morning tearing through gift after gift without an ounce of gratitude. 

One of the most joyous times of year with perpetual hope is also one of the times when many are the most apt to put self before others... Why i...

July 12, 2019

When I was 9 years old my parents took me skiing and on our last run I had to go down the River Run. It was the steep, icy LAST run before apres ski. And I was not budging. No matter how much my mom tried to coax me into following her down, the fear in me crept so high I just wasn’t going to move an inch. I begged her to call up the emergency vehicles to take me down.

Thankfully my mom refused to be swayed by my fear and we too...

June 4, 2019

Before kids, I wanted to be an animal activist. I wanted to be on that boat that protected whales. I had such a fire in me to protect the gentle giants of the world that suddenly seemed so vulnerable and hunted.

My fire and passion over the years switched gears for my own children. Becoming their mother bear. Protecting them and guiding them toward all that is good and light.

I remember vowing to never take my children to SeaWor...

May 23, 2019

Three years ago I had an impressive baby belly with what I would soon to find out was an 8 lb 9 oz baby in my womb. My first born came right on time, on her due date (at 9 lbs). So I had an inkling that my second would come early.

This go round I decided to choose a mid-wife which was the best decision I could ever make. Being a first time mom, I had no idea what I was doing. I just felt like I was thrown into the Spanish runni...

April 21, 2019

When I was little I would go to bed fantasizing about my wedding. About the man I would marry and the four children I would have, 2 boys and 2 girls. I even had their names picked out. I started a wedding binder, collecting all the things I wanted to use for the planning of my wedding. For the beginning of my marriage.

I am not alone in this fantasy, as girls many of us dream of being swept off our feet and carried away into th...

March 18, 2019

What do Sundays mean to you? For me Sundays = family. Family and food. Family, food and Jesus.

Sundays are when we wake up slow, when the crackling of bacon and sizzle of eggs is heard and the smell wafts through our home, bringing the family together.

Sundays are when coffee beans are ground and the whistle of our tea kettle takes on the role of our rooster in the home, reminding us it is time to wake up.

Sundays are the day I r...

March 12, 2019

Recently a new song has been coming on in my car and every time it does, I find myself turning the volume up and getting chills from the lyrics and tears rolling down my cheeks.

The chorus rings,

“Maybe it’s okay if I’m not okay. ‘Cause the one who holds the world is holding onto me. Maybe it’s alright, if I’m not alright. ‘Cause the one who holds the stars is holding my whole life.”

This was such a welcomed acknowledgement that...

February 1, 2019

Dear Carol,

As I look at my daughters’ blue eyes, energetic twirls over to wrestle with their daddy… my heart aches. I suppose it is a heartache that is both full of happiness and one that has an aching of emptiness.

I was never able to meet you, never able to hug you or dance with you at our wedding. I was never able to hand our brand new baby girl over to you, which we named after you…

But the biggest thing that comes to mind,...

January 25, 2019

I have been quite overwhelmed lately. Life just seems to be on full attack from all angles. Fear mongering is e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e and it is driving me bananas. I have never been one to cower in fear, hide or close myself up. I am usually quite the extrovert. But lately, I just am becoming more and more of a homebody… I feel so safe and strong in my bubble.

Then I have to go outside, and from the first step on my porch I feel li...

December 31, 2018

Who is ready for 2018 to go? Anyone wish it would linger a little longer? I have always found myself ready for a new year, ready for a new Monday... ready to start fresh. 2018 was quite the year for our family... the second half of my cancer journey took place in 2018... 

Don’t get me wrong 2018 had some pretty fantastic moments…

my daughters growing and learning just brings me so much joy. It snowed in Texas as we rang in the...

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