Some of us are breathing again, on this day after Mother's Day. The ones breathing again today lost babies during pregnancy or at birth. The ones breathing today grieve not being able to conceive a child in their womb, only in their heart and mind. The ones breathing today buried a child, lost their own mother to death, or watched her fade away because of memory loss. The ones breathing today … [Read more...] about Breathe: Lamenting What Was, Showing Up to What Is
RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATION
This weekend, it's Mom's turn On Mother's Day, most Moms probably will be in the family photos. It's easier to remember to take a photo of Mom then. But Mom, you need to be in those photos more than once a year. Mother's Day isn't the only photo-worthy event this spring. Recitals, proms, awards ceremonies, and graduations fill many calendars in May and early June. And images from these … [Read more...] about It’s Mom’s Turn: Time to Be in the Photos
“Fish and visitors smell after three days.” — Benjamin Franklin I grew up less than two miles from all four of my grandparents and saw them almost daily. Our relationships grew in the routine: shelling peas on the sofa with my grandmother while we watched General Hospital, riding in my grandfather's truck to buy new Barbie clothes at the five-and-dime on Sunday afternoon. We'd … [Read more...] about Ignoring the Smell and Creating Connections
My parents married 50 years ago at the church they grew up in, that I grew up in, and where my husband and I also got married. It's a special place, with wonderfully imperfect and lovable people. On their actual anniversary, we were able to worship there together as an extended family, and then we went to brunch. My parents, who joined the ranks of the 6% of couples who reach a 50th … [Read more...] about The Ties that Bind: Reflecting on 50 Years of Love, Faith, and Connection
April 1, we all know, is April Fool's Day. It's also my friend Judy's 65th birthday. You might expect she's been the victim of a few birthday pranks through the years. This year, Judy already has made her birthday wishes known. It's for everyone to complete a Random Act of Kindness. That's #RAK, if you post to social media and know what a hashtag is. She made her request on … [Read more...] about Instead of an April Fools Prank, How About Acts of Kindness?
Can you think of someone who has an amazing story to tell? Someone whose story deserves to be told? Someone who needs to be celebrated? Maybe it's someone who needs some encouragement. Someone who is struggling who needs to know they are loved. Someone who just achieved a big goal. Someone who makes a difference in your world - and maybe they don't know it. If you can think of a deserving … [Read more...] about GIVEAWAY! Who Deserves a Completed Album, and Why?