I’m not supposed to be here

I’m not supposed to be here

“I’m not supposed to be here right now.” An anguished big sister spoke those words on Friday morning at her 18-year-old brother’s funeral. I can only imagine how surreal that moment must have been for her. We aren’t supposed to be...
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...
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...
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...
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...