Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

Last Thursday, my college freshman and I gathered in the dining commons of the university he attends to have breakfast with 35 people who were mostly strangers to us. We were asked to grab a marker and a piece of posterboard and write in large letters a word that...
Cooper goes to kindergarten

Cooper goes to kindergarten

Last night, we took our four-month-old Goldendoodle, Cooper, to his first Puppy Kindergarten class My 15-year-old daughter and I were fairly confident as we got Cooper ready to go off for this big adventure. For the past month, we have been working hard on training...
My word of the year for 2020

My word of the year for 2020

What do you think of when you picture the word “free”? Are you running through a field of flowers on a warm summer day? Are you walking barefoot along the beach, listening to the sound of the waves? Or do you imagine removing chains that have held you...
My favorite books of 2019

My favorite books of 2019

I read 38 books in 2019, which is probably the most books I’ve ever read in a year. I typically read about 12 to 20 books a year, and most of them have been nonfiction. This year, I jumped back into fiction, which greatly increased my penchant for reading. I read most...
A year of choosing brave

A year of choosing brave

A few weeks ago, I was blessed to be able to share a very short snippet of my life from this past year with a room full of people. As I listened to the words coming out of my own mouth, it hit me how much has happened from January to December during this year that I...
What I loved in November

What I loved in November

We’re in the last month of 2019, and I have come close to documenting the books, movies, TV shows, podcasts and other forms of entertainment I have loved, month by month. The end of November slipped by me as we enjoyed family gatherings for Thanksgiving and then...
It’s so … copacetic

It’s so … copacetic

Every morning, I get an e-mail in my inbox with a “word of the day.” This morning’s word was “copacetic.” I had a vague understanding of what it meant, but I laughed when I read the actual definition. It’s such a fancy way to...
A moment that was bigger than us

A moment that was bigger than us

I’ve been pondering this story for many weeks, trying to decide how I can tell it on my blog. Now that our kids are older, I know that their stories are no longer mine to tell. While this is a story that mostly involved our college-age son, it impacted me in...
The mixed-up seasons of life

The mixed-up seasons of life

For the past few weeks, a blanket of white snow has been covering the ground where we live. Typically, during the first snowfall of the year, I would go out with my camera and take some photos to mark the occasion. When you live in the Midwest, snow is just part of...
What I loved in October

What I loved in October

I was walking on the trail behind my house in mid-October listening to the last few chapters of my favorite book of the month on audio book, and I was crying. With my headphones in my ears and sunglasses masking my face, I felt like I was in my own little world. But I...