On a beautiful warm day before the rain and cold weather came, I got outside and planted bulbs. I had bought some boxes of daffodils and little irises for half off at Home Depot and I had a bag of bulbs given to me last spring that I hoped were still good. I grabbed… Continue reading Planting Hope
Two weeks ago, I ran the Army Ten Miler in Washington, DC with my cousin Scott and his son Daniel. It was a great experience to be in our nation's capitol with all the military folks, including ROTC units from colleges all over the country, tough looking sergeant types and some very in shape young… Continue reading Living in the Moment
I stepped out of my car in the shopping center parking lot a few days ago and on the ground by my foot was a white index card. Curious, I picked it up. On the flip side was written in sharpie across the card “You are important.” Three colorful smiley face stickers surrounded the words.… Continue reading You are important!
Nothing changes life more than bringing home a tiny bundle who does little more than eat, cry, poop and sleep. Even for those over the moon happy with the prospect of parenthood, stress is part of the equation. Sleeping, eating, going to the bathroom or watching a TV show — all become juggling acts.
All good things must come to an end, and with sadness I pulled up the remnants of my tomato vines this morning. I dug up the long poles that they were attached to, carried them to the shed and put the bed to sleep for the winter. May through July is such an exciting time… Continue reading Time for Everything
Running and writing do not always go together, although they should. I have been running for the last sixteen years and I’ve learned many life lessons that have helped me become a better writer. Since NaNoWriMo — National November Writing Month— is an endurance event for writers, I found many similarities between writing 50,000 words… Continue reading NaNoWriMo, or How Writing a Book is like Running a Marathon
Most of us struggle at different times in our lives to be the person we feel God is calling us to be. What can we learn from Peter’s life about transitioning to a place where we feel at peace and fulfilled in our spiritual lives?
As I’m transitioning into retirement, I’m finding that the guilt baggage follows me. I wake up at night worrying about problems from my old job that are over and done with, things I should have done better or people I could have treated better. These demons love to cavort at night and to remind me of all my shortcomings and inadequacies.
Life is changing Under the Magnolia Tree! Now we have two retired folks living here and we have not killed each other yet, although there are days when we just keep out of each other's way. Transitions are not always easy. But despite the adjustments, I am loving retirement. I love the freedom and the time. I love that my… Continue reading Transitioning
About this time last year, I was out shopping and enjoying one last day of freedom before pre-planning started for the school year. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t shake the “back to school” anxiety that had kicked in and my stomach was already twisting into knots. I knew that no matter what I… Continue reading You Got This