This Just Might Work

Welp, America seems to have pulled itself through another crisis ~ or two ~ these last few weeks. It's amazing to watch people helping people, regardless of race, class or gender; evidence of what I have always believed: America is made up of good people. We ABSOLUTELY have some rotten ones, but the vast majority of us will lend a helping hand when … Read More...

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Reinforcing Your Calling

New to the 2013 schedule, each team in the NFL plays a nationally televised Thursday night game. The preparation between the prior Sunday's game and the Thursday match-up is intense with one or more near all-nighters, but the weekend following the game becomes a mini-Bye with an enjoyable couple … [Read More...]

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My Little Porcupine

Do you have a porcupine? We do. Actually, we've got a sweet daughter whose turning 21 today, and she spent the better part of her teenage years as a porcupine. That's the image God gave me for her as I spent countless hours praying about her behavior. Porcupines actually have soft hair, but … [Read More...]

Thanksgiving Leftovers

My philosophy for holiday celebrations has always been 'the more, the merrier.' Before we started coaching, we were living in the house we thought we'd live in forever back in Chicagoland.  The flow of the house, the finished walkout basement and the yard were all appointed with entertaining the … [Read More...]

Halloween

This is the time of year I'm regularly asked my thoughts on celebrating Halloween as Christians, and I'm happy to share my response. Halloween has its roots as a Christian celebration. It originated as All Hallow's Eve, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallow's Day, which was a … [Read More...]

Birthday Boy

                  Both the Baylor Bears and the Chicago Bears posted birthday greetings on their Facebook pages of the man I used to be married to. I've actually only had one husband, but over the last 35 years I've known … [Read More...]

Weeds and the HOA

The home we are are currently renting, I believe I mentioned before, is in a beautiful, gated Jack Nicklaus golf community. The houses are meticulously landscaped, each different in design and style, and the trees are mature and lush. That's part of the beauty of Minnesota ~ as soon as your bags are … [Read More...]

Sights and Sounds of Summer, pt. 2 {MILEstones}

I was a card-carrying member of the "I Do Not Run" club. For anything. Several years ago we had a very short layover in Europe, for which we had to all-out sprint in order to make the flight, and I was ready to miss the flight instead of run that far. For as long as I can remember, I used to say … [Read More...]

Sights and Sounds of Summer, Part 1

There's probably no argument that the beginning of summer is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Christmas may compete with summer for generating the most enthusiasm for its arrival, but for the 2/3 of the country that experiences winter in all its splendor, we eagerly anticipate … [Read More...]

Rites of Passage

Memorial Weekend, the traditional start-of-summer ~ even if the calendar chooses to hold off for a few more weeks ~ is usually a time for me to segue into the warm months, strolling through the flower markets and designing our flower pots in my mind. It's a time to sleep in, enjoy coffee on the deck … [Read More...]

We’ve Made It!

This photo is from Spring 2012, as Spring 2013 appears to have hit a snag. Minnesota's temperatures reached the upper 70's this past weekend, allowing for the kids' first un-cancelled track meet of the season. The day was one for the books: picturesque azure skies with brush stroked clouds, musical … [Read More...]

My Mouth on Mute

The weather. It's a harmless enough subject; the basis for the majority of checkout register chit chat, right? Except for me. For the immediate future, I'm not to talk about the weather. This post is really about much more than the weather, but I got myself in a bit of trouble talking about … [Read More...]