Thankful, On Purpose

For some reason, the term 'on purpose' is amusing to me. When our kids were little, they used to say 'I did it, but I did it on an accident'; their adaptation of the opposite of 'on purpose'. These days, I'm Thankful...On Purpose. I chose the timing of this post intentionally, because I feel I'm standing in the middle of a bridge between the past and the future. I can look back over the bridge and … [Read more...]


In the summer of 2002, Mike and I were sitting on the back deck of our home outside of Chicago. It was a beautiful summer evening, and I was unsettled and upset while we sat there and talked of our future. We both knew that change was in the air, we were just uncertain as to what type of  life adjustments we were facing. Within a matter of months, Mike began his coaching career, and I had to … [Read more...]

Doors and Windows

“When God closes a door, He opens a window.” This popular cliché’ has been tossed around as an attempt to comfort and console one experiencing disappointment. Am I the only one who wishes God would just leave the door open? Why is it necessary to close the door? And if the door is closed, how long before He opens the window? Having the door closed before the window is open can feel stuffy … [Read more...]