As I write this post, it's Saturday, January 20. Today marks fifteen years since our youngest son passed away, only a few months shy of his fifth birthday. I'm not a naturally early riser, so I was surprised to awaken this morning before 5:30, unable to get back to sleep. Once I was awake, though,... Continue Reading →


Out with the old, in with the new

So hey, everyone! Happy New Year! Yes, I'm sure the new year is old news to you all by now, with it being the end of 2018's first week already. But here I am, and here you are, so let's celebrate together. As I look back on 2017, I'm torn as to how I'd classify... Continue Reading →

This year, I’m okay

January 20 has, for the past 11 years, been a lousy day in our house. January 20, 2003, is when we lost our almost-five-year-old son. Nothing alters a day on the calendar for the rest of your life like the day a family member dies. Each year from then to now, the Christmas and New... Continue Reading →

Thankfulness comes in all sizes

I read a post by Elle Todd the other day, Being Thankful, that brought to mind something we don't often recognize: the things for which we can be most grateful are oftentimes not the obvious. In fact, they may have felt distinctly like not-so-great moments when they happened, and only in hindsight do we realize... Continue Reading →

A life exposed …

Have you ever had your perception of someone changed completely after getting to know them better? I mean really changed. Like one of those situations where news reporters are talking to the ax-murderer's neighbors, and the neighbors are saying things like, "We had no idea our kindly old librarian next door was stuffing paperboys into... Continue Reading →

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