Everyday Promises

  Last year, something remarkable occurred: I actually kept my New Year's resolution. Seriously. ... the whole year! I don't think I've ever achieved such a feat intentionally. Sure, I've renewed good intentions and yes, I've restarted some wavering beginnings... but an honest to goodness New Year's commitment? Nope. This was a first. It started... Continue Reading →



This week I wrote report cards for my fourth grade class. I wandered through the piles of scored papers -- the mounds of mental notes -- and I put a grade on a child's blossoming life. Sigh. It's not easy, grading. It can sometimes feel too clinical, impersonal, even harsh. And then come the comments... Continue Reading →

Instructions Not Included

  I don't know what I expected when you first arrived. A catatonic version of your old self? A distant stranger? Would that sweet twinkle now be missing from your eyes? After one long month of uncertainties, you and Chris were finally coming home. Chris: wearied, burdened, but calmly resolute. You: lost, confused, with the... Continue Reading →

The Dance

My father-in-law died from Alzheimers this week. He died peacefully in the hands of a facility full of life and hope and angels dressed in flesh. And though, unmistakably, Alzheimer's is a hideous and heart-wrenching disease. To those of you living out this life with your loved ones, my heart goes out to you. Yet, I am... Continue Reading →

The View from here

It was the beginning of my summer, June 14th, 2011 -- the last day of teaching my 4th grade class, and the first day of the first summer to shed my empty-nested heart and embrace a new season of Life with my husband. I raced home with a school girl anticipation and excitement I hadn't... Continue Reading →

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