28 November

3 Keys to a No-Regrets December

3 Keys to a No-Regrets December

If you’re like me, you’re still a little in shock that we’re now looking at a straight shot to Christmas. It feels like just yesterday, I was pulling out my summer clothes… and here we are, counting down the final days of 2017. If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know that I put my […]

21 November

Tight and Loose

Tight and Loose

Life and death. They’re around us at all times. While conception may sometimes be unexpected, the joy of a delivery is almost always expected. Death, on the other hand, can come painfully slow with a debilitating illness, or breathtakingly fast. And from any direction. Accident. Overdose. Suicide. Complications. Young. Old. Black. White. Rich. Poor. As […]

14 November

How’s your garden?

How’s your garden?

To say I don’t have a green thumb is such an understatement. I don’t have a small amount of disdain for yard work; no, it’s my nemesis. Every time I think I have our weeds taken care of, it feels like a blink of an eye before the unwanted botanic life returns. There aren’t many […]

7 November

Picky People

Picky People

Do you ever stop long enough to hear yourself speak? Recently, I’ve caught myself listening to the words coming out of my mouth. As we were hosting a guest last week, I found myself at a nice restaurant placing my order. As I ordered a steak, the question that followed was “How would you like […]

31 October

When you’re tired of trying to make it happen

When you’re tired of trying to make it happen

As parents, we can often see things our children can’t. And I don’t just mean the top shelf of the fridge! We’re wired to anticipate. Having “been there and done that” brings wisdom and wise warnings… yet the older my children get, the more resistant they are to acknowledge this. Nonetheless, it’s still true. One […]

24 October

So much love, we share a toothbrush…

So much love, we share a toothbrush…

It’s true. Kind of. It’s true that I don’t think it’s possible for me to love Chris Conlee any more than I do. And last I checked, yesterday, he still feels the same way about me. I’m grateful for the love we share. And, as of August 18th, we started sharing a toothbrush, too… but […]

17 October

Always out of time?

Always out of time?

There’s never enough time. Do you ever feel that way? Every day? I decided to sit down and make a list of all the things I’d like to be able to devote some time to, but haven’t. You know, those things that irritate you but you never slow down long enough to fix them. Maybe […]

10 October

To Be Honest

To Be Honest

To be honest… as Highpoint’s worship leader, Josh Maze, so eloquently wrote a powerful song about… I don’t feel like writing. I am spent. The last 7 days have been so full. Full of death and full of life. Full of despair and full of joy. Full of people asking, “Where is God?” and others […]

3 October

One of the most important decisions

One of the most important decisions

In the lives of teenagers, we beg them to make pre-decisions. We desperately don’t want them to make decisions in the heat of the moment. Whether it’s a decision to lie or tell the truth, go too far or say no, or betray a friend, making a decision in advance of the opportunity of temptation […]

26 September

What if God wanted to use you?

What if God wanted to use you?

This last week started a marathon of final college visits for my daughter. The disadvantage of having a mother who used to work in college admissions is that my children have been subjected to my insistence to do as much as possible to get a feel for an institution. We drove 16 hours in 2 […]