Rest in Peace, Ruby

Rest in Peace, Ruby

Oh Ruby. We never knew we were “cat people” until we met you. We’ll never forget the day you showed up on our doorstep–you and your orphaned siblings. We picked you and your brother out of the lost litter, plucked you right out of a cardboard box to join our family. We liked him because […]

The perfect Valentine’s gift

So, how was your Valentine’s Day? Did your significant other buy you a sparkling diamond tennis bracelet? Did your honey get you a new set of golf clubs? Did the love of your life hire a quartet to come to your house before breakfast to sing “Let me call you sweetheart” to you while you […]

Chipmunk cheeks and cabin fever

Yes, Colette is here! She is already 10 weeks old.  How did that happen?!  She’s lovely, and chubby in all the right places.  And she definitely has my cheeks.  In fact, it’s hard to tell whose chipmunk cheeks are bigger right now, hers—or mine. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those lucky women for whom breastfeeding […]

The top 10 things I learned this Halloween

The top 10 things I learned this Halloween

1) I’ve definitely adjusted to living in the Midwest. I sent my kids out trick-or-treating during a tornado watch. 2) It was fortunate that the boys wanted to dress up as Tuukka Rask and Tom Brady instead of Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. Here in Cardinal Nation, we may have gotten rocks instead of candy […]

The Search for Significance

The Search for Significance

“My soul’s chances for expressing itself were definitely limited long before I was born.  My heritage certainly did not prepare me for a life in the purple.  No great fortunes or royal blood have descended to me from either side of the house.  Nor has my heritage served to indicate that I have more than […]

Tending to my Sheep, and Waiting

Tending to my Sheep, and Waiting

“Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, ‘The Lord has not chosen these.’ So he asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ ‘There is still the youngest,’ Jesse answered. ‘He is tending the sheep.’” (1 Samuel 16: 10-11) What was David doing to prepare himself to become Israel’s next […]

Follow You … Anywhere?

Follow You … Anywhere?

Lately, I just can’t seem to escape it.  Whether it’s the simple line, “I’ll follow you anywhere,” spoken by Rachel, Jackie Robinson’s wife in “42,” or it’s the following passage from the book I’ve recently started reading, “The Astronaut Wives Club,” the message has been flashing at me all week as if from a giant, […]

Happy Birthday Nana

Happy Birthday Nana

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 136:1 Yesterday was Joe’s mother’s birthday.  It was the first time that we marked her birthday—without her.  November 19, 2012 was the last day that we saw her. That we talked with her. That we kissed and hugged her. […]

Jesus Loves Me — Part II

Jesus Loves Me — Part II

After the unbelievably sad news about Joe’s mother, I had a small, quiet dinner with the boys, and then my best friend, Gwen, came to the house, so I could join the rest of the family at the hospital.  I made it to Nana’s room at about 8 o’clock.  I whispered in her ear that […]

Jesus Loves Me — Part I

Jesus Loves Me — Part I

Since June 8, I have kept a “thank you” journal.  Inspired partly by the book “One Thousand Gifts,” partly by some really dark days I was having at the time, and partly by my sister who said she’d read somewhere that it’s impossible for the brain to experience the feelings of gratitude and worry at […]

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