I can still see him now. He is walking towards me. His eyes are smiling straight through to my heart, sending my stomach in a kind of butterfly somersault medley. Standing outside my apartment door, I return a smile full of excitement and anticipation. It was at that moment, and a million others since, I knew I loved him.
Relationships, Parenting, Marriage
My husband and I were sitting around a table at a wedding. We were among friends, and the conversation was jumping from one couple to another as we caught up with each other. Someone asked my husband “how is your son?” He gave a brief rundown, and I interjected with “It’s been great! Everyone’s son should get cancer.” Our son …
When my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, her doctor said she had a few years. Despite chemo rounds, we watched her decline quickly. A short seven months after the diagnosis, she was gone. It’s been two years now, and I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the things I learned from my mother. It’s interesting …
Being a parent is just plain hard. There is no other way to say it. We love these little people with whom we are entrusted with all of our heart. Through them we can feel the most rewarding joy and the most wretched pain.
A powerful teacher does not tell their students what to do, rather they help them understand their reasoning, teach reciprocal respect, and recognize the worth of each individual, all of which allows the choice for wisdom to flourish.
Even when I was up to my elbows in diapers, laundry, and crying babies, I knew time was precious and I needed to treasure each moment.
It seems like pure madness to think about wedding planning at the first of the year, but about this time last year, our oldest daughter got engaged. I learned a few tidbits of wisdom that I wish I had known from the get go. So, for all you parents that have a daughter’s wedding on the horizon - this one …
These gaps represented, to me, the various traps or stumbling blocks we can fall captive to if we are not mindful as we move along in life.
The busier we become the less time we spend focusing on what will draw us closer to God.
When we make the assumption that we have more power and influence than we actually have, or that our family or friend is helpless to handle difficult situations on their own we take the responsibility away from them and open ourselves up to be overwhelmed.
At times I think my kids thought I was the meanest mom in the world, and I guess I am okay with that. They know I love them no matter what, but they also know that I want them to be the best they can be.
Are we sensitive enough to notice when one drop of poison might be destroying our attitude, fostering frustration, or giving way to ingratitude?It is being able to perceive the small changes and choosing how we will let it affect us.