For the first two years of my daughter’s life, she was sick. We had no idea why. Have you ever come face-to-face with a challenge with seemingly no answer? We had specialists, prayers and tests. Those were all great. We could not have progressed without our “team” of professionals. However, the real help, the real progress, the real-life I-am-stuck-in-a-pit-with-no-exit help came from the support of my friends. When my daughter was two years old she went in to surgery for her ears and a few other things. It was deemed a “routine” out-patient procedure that would be “easy”. Nothing about my daughter has ever been easy. It is challenge that serves her well – now. On that day I made a critical error. I took my daughter to the hospital by myself. Why do we continue to deny ourselves the community and support of friends, no matter how routine the event in life?After several hours in recovery in the back and another few with me in the family area, we were deemed “ok to release”. The problem was she had not stopped puking. It only slowed to a “manageable pace”. What is that anyway ? I started […]Read More
True Friendship What does true friendship look like? I was driving through another rainy, fall day to Lisa’s house only a short five minutes away, it was like any other day. Although this time I was going to rescue my friend and her husband because they both had the flu at the same time. We can only imagine as moms, when we are sick, the chaos that can ensue in the house. Forget organized, healthy dinners; we are simply glad for our spouse to feed them cereal and put on a TV show. Our grand plans get put on hold until mama is better. My friend and her husband were now experiencing the flu full on at the same time. They have an uncanny knack to get sick on their anniversary and whenever they try to get away for some couple time. It has become a long-standing joke. On this rainy fall day, I drove over to give them couple time – time to be sick together. It is one of those stories at the time you know will be funny some day! As I loaded up the two girls, I heard her call to me. “What if you get […]Read More
Reality intersects our everyday sometimes like a sledgehammer to a metal surface. It can leave us shaky. For the past year and a half, we have been on this moving “journey”. I use that word very loosely. Depending on the day – nightmare might seem more appropriate. It has brought all our belongings to be containerized in some fashion. Boxes on shelves in a warehouse. We have not seen them in about six months. It is sometimes hard to remember what is in that many boxes. I am most certain that when we get them back and unpack – many will go to the thrift store. Why did we ever have them? Have you ever done this? Packed something away? Forgot about it…put it on a shelf to deal with later? Life hands us some of these “boxes” we pack away – hoping to never see or deal with the “stuff” again. That is when reality can hit you like a sledgehammer. This is hard for a recovering fixer. Over the summer my aunt passed away. It was a hard struggle to bear. Death sometimes unpacks boxes we thought would stay hidden forever. This is a story to unfold later. […]Read More
I was barely six, but I knew our family tradition for Christmas. After purchasing a small tree, Dad would bring it home and wrestle with the tree stand until the evergreen stood submissively in the spot that Mother had selected. First the multi-colored lights were arranged, and then the familiar ornaments were hung. After that, it was my turn. The tinsel. Oh, the pain of hanging each piece of tinsel until one branch was completed. It seemed to take hours to hang all that tinsel, and if two pieces were stuck together, there was the unwritten rule that they had to be tediously pulled apart and each one hung separately. I don’t remember signing up for the tinsel-hanger job, but it didn’t occur to me to protest. It was my job – until my sister was born and was old enough to hang tinsel. I convinced her that tinsel hanging was an enviable station. Then came the waiting. Christmas gifts at my house were often home-made. One winter I needed a warm coat, so Mom cut up her coat and made a coat for me for Christmas. Looking back, I wonder what she used for a coat. Another Christmas, she […]Read More
As we leave November and cruise into December, I am ever so thankful for those opportunities that remind me daily to look at the bigger picture. Where we are is not where we used to be! My post last year at this time reminds me in particular how grateful we are to grow in our circumstance. That Was Then Ever realize that once you decide to do something you are given many opportunities to exercise your decision? For example, deciding to work out in a new season of health, only to pull a muscle. You have to find a new and different way to keep to your decision! Right! That is how this week has gone for me….and it is only Monday. Saturday night my friend lost her husband and Sunday night I found myself in the ER with mine – pulmonary embolism! Really?! Are you kidding…no precursor..no warning…no long flight or car-ride. Boom. This does not fit into our schedule. Our plan. These events are independent of each other and certainly not as a result of my decision to start this journey on 30 days of thankfulness. However, these events are creating opportunities to really define how proceed I […]Read More
Is your “stuff” crowding your circumstance? Last year we packed up our belongings and moved them into the garage. We made every effort to showcase our house. It’s what you do when selling. Right? Days turned in to months. Months turned into a year. We have learned to live minimally. There is something to the blessing of less. Less is truly more? However, our stuff still sat there in the garage and our house did not sell. Houses around us sold in a hot second. My best friends house sold for full asking price with holes in her yard and a broken septic! What is happening here? Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you know you are doing everything right. Everything you can do in your own might. Then you realize….that is not enough? It can be a lonely season. It can also be a season to reflect. We have accomplished so much when we were released from the mess of our “stuff”. Literally and figuratively! When our time came. We had multiple offers in one weekend and the last was “the one”. Yet there is always a catch. It seemed to just be that season. The […]Read More
“We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.” Have you ever seen this sign as you enter a place of business? How does it make you feel? Do you reserve the right to act different with one person from another? Coffee tastes the same no matter what the cup looks like on the outside. So why do we change who we are depending on the company surrounding us? Some may call my love of coffee and the “coffeehouse” environment over-the-top. Coffee to me is community. Nothing brings people together on a cold snowy day like a cup of hot coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. It is a warmth like the sun. The red cup and Starbucks are just my current relatable moment because it offers solace and reprieve from the walls that tend to start closing in on me in our apartment. This season is “cozy”. It is not always warm. The sounds of chatter, laughter, steaming milk from the expresso machine, and lull of voices are soothing. They inspire me. In the house-that-will-be I strive to mimic the coffeehouse vibe. The open door to community. The comforting cup of coffee (or tea) on cold day. The lull of […]Read More
I have several friends who’s husbands are deployed. Unimaginable. Today we set aside a specific day to recognize those who volunteer their lives to save ours. “Thank you” seems so insufficient for the struggle, time, training, and dedication required to serve in our armed forces. THANK YOU! For those times we didn’t say thank you For the times we take you for granted For those of us that can not totally understand For those that choose not to understand For those moments you say “why” We stand in the gap for the spouses, parents, siblings, friends, and children that call you “Hero” for so many other reasons than just your acts in combat or aside your fellow solider in peacetime. Thank you.Read More
Have you ever had those “we can save the world if they just listen to us” conversations with your friends? In my 20s it was after work in the bar. Lots of talk, but not usually much action. Until one day we either remembered the next day or decided enough talk more action. The next day I walked in to my bosses office and ask a simple question. “What can I do over the next five years to advance in this company”. Enough talk. I wanted a plan. Now I had built a solid professional relationship with this boss. It was a fair conversation and well received. The answer took me by surprise. Nothing. Just sit in your chair and do your job. What? With a respectful nod, I responded to him with kindness. “I am looking for more. I just want to let you know I will be putting out my resume. I will be gone in one year. Thank you for your honesty. ” This is a man I respected, worked long hours to accommodate deadlines, and admired his family oriented spirit. The decision, the culture, the process was not up for debate. I love discussion time. The […]Read More
Change is hard. Just look at the social media buzz over last year’s change in the Starbucks cups. I love my red cup season. There is something about pulling up and seeing the red cup over the everyday white. It just emotes a feeling of excitement for the holiday season. I get that not everyone feels that way. Evidence in last year’s “red cup controversy”. No matter what side you take regarding the feeling of the red cup — it is opinion. Change certainly brings out many opinions. Moving is no different. I have heard many times, “moving defines who your friends are”. While I do not really support that opinion, the intention of the phrase is a good one. Change brings the support of relationships you have intentionally cultivated. After all, moving takes so much work! So why have I focused on my moving – or lack of moving saga this week? The moving saga has been a long one for our family. It started with a year of listing but no offers, then selling twice in a period of two weeks. (That is a separate post altogether!) This sale landed us in our current dwelling – a temporary […]Read More
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