Three Ways to Build Resilience in Children Through Forgiveness


Recently I am being asked more and more to share a talk I have created on building resilience in children. The basic foundation of the workshop is intentionally teaching our children how to forgive. For any children in our lives, we need to actively find ways to eliminate brittle bitterness. Instead, we need to model and … Continue reading Three Ways to Build Resilience in Children Through Forgiveness

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I know why Hagar sat a bow shot away


I recently had a new tattoo created. It is a protective caim encircling each of my children’s names on arrows. The symbolism is centered around Psalm 127. I want to provide a sanctuary of safety and security for love and acceptance for my children as they grow and develop. However, my ultimate desire is to shoot … Continue reading I know why Hagar sat a bow shot away

Still include in the better yet ideal return home


The ideal return Home still includes someone's eyes lighting up when you walk through the door or better yet meeting you at your car door with an back breaking embrace already starting so you can't begin to get out of the car but not staring through you with resigned disappointment not seeing you as you come … Continue reading Still include in the better yet ideal return home

36 Things I have Learned from my Grammy


On Friday January 24, 2014, my Grammy, Mrs. Elaine Cornett turned 100 years old. She had already lived a full life by the time I was born as her first grandchild. She has taken to calling everyone “honey” rather than struggling with names. But her eyes are still bright and sharp and kind with 100 … Continue reading 36 Things I have Learned from my Grammy

Fish and Family


“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse... and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.” -Rick Riordan, The Sea of Monsters Fam-damily. We're going through another tough time in our family. A close … Continue reading Fish and Family

Where were you?


Where were you on September 23, 2006? I can't really tell you exactly what I was doing on September 23, 2006. I may have been celebrating my husband's birthday. I may have been training for a race. I'm sure for some part of the day I was on a soccer field watching my 2 children … Continue reading Where were you?

For once, I just wanted to be one of “those moms.”


For once, I just wanted to be one of "those moms."               My kids have been back in school for a week. We started off on the right foot. All of the school supplies bought 2 weeks before hand. All of them sorted and labeled properly before Meet The … Continue reading For once, I just wanted to be one of “those moms.”

Titled: I should know better or Mounds of Friends, you pick


I know should know better than to eat after 9 p.m. It just leads to either crazy dreams or disrupted sleep. But of course last night my last Hershey bar and the jar of peanut butter was calling my name at 11 p.m. The result was not just crazy dreams but a tormenting nightmare which … Continue reading Titled: I should know better or Mounds of Friends, you pick

Constant Communion-Part 1


Imagine considering every moment as a potential time of communion with God. ~Max Lucado I don't remember which Lucado book this came from but I do remember thinking when reading this, "I am desperate for this." I also remember sharing this idea with my small group at the time and they once again staring at … Continue reading Constant Communion-Part 1

We Have a Cheesy Movie Kind of Love


DH and I celebrated our 20th Valentine's Day together tonight. So it was really appropriate for my daughter asked me tonight how I knew I was in love with my husband. My lame, weak answer is really the truth. I just knew. So she pushed a little further and said, "Well, yeah, but HOW did … Continue reading We Have a Cheesy Movie Kind of Love