Every Complaint Holds the Option for Gratitude

“Quit complaining!” I am curious to know how many times I’ve said those words throughout my eleven years of parenting.

Scarred Treasures

We spend hours combing the shorelines searching for them. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors. We gather them

Enjoying the Sweet Spot

Our kids were in Vacation Bible School a few weeks ago, so I decided to enjoy a break from catching

Taking the ‘Dis’ Out of Disability

I should have known better than choosing the black pants and white blouse. I should not have chosen to sit

Heroic Parenting

A hero, by definition, is someone known for accomplishing a brave or noble act. “Heroes are born every day. Some

Just the Six of Us

We were trading “you guys” for “y’all”. Mountains for beaches. Long winters for humid summers. Familiarity for the unknown. We

Launched Across the World

Venezuela. Czech Republic. Peru. Mexico. Canada. Japan. Several of the United States. And those are only the ones I’ve been

Regular Teenage Heroism

“I saw a spirit of heroism rise up from what appeared to be regular teenagers in the Columbine library, students

Columbine Anniversary

20 years. Crosses with pictures of those lost. Tears. I’ve lived with this ‘new normal’ longer than I lived with

The Gift I Didn’t Want to Need

I’m a gift-lover. I certainly never mind receiving one, but I find so much joy in carefully wrapping a thoughtfully

The Unfairness of it All

The timing of the hard questions never feels right; the ones about blindness or being different. While I strive to

The Cracked Table

Five years ago, I was on the hunt for a white farmhouse table to use as our everyday table in

It is finally here!

I struggled to believe this day would finally arrive…Over My Shoulder is finally available! The past four and a half


Last night, I woke up at 2:00 a.m. to the sound of my cell phone alerting me of an email.

The ‘Box’ and the Introvert

I was recently reminded by Facebook about a picture of our daughter, Logan, spending time in her ‘box’. The throwback

Big Realities

A couple of days ago, one of our daughter’s best friends noticed the scars on my shoulder and front of

Twelve Cents

Breakfast was on the table. Eggs, muffins and bananas. I had woken up early to go running while the kids

Your Story Matters

Life stories matter. They matter a lot. I’ve been privileged to the front row seat of many storytelling sessions. For


Welcome to my website! I’m so excited to have you here, taking a peek at the many things that have