Strategy #1: Keep Your Toe in the Water

Leading into my 50th birthday, I reflected a lot on my life and where I currently find myself. I was asked about six months ago, what would you tell your 30-year-old self? What decisions would you change? I responded, “I would not change any decisions I’ve made.” I made them at the time with thought…

Moments

Moments can make us or break us, teach us or beat us down. I pretend to be a glass is half-full type of person, trying to see the positive and focus on what I have or the big picture that is painted with beauty and hope and love. But my sensitive and introverted nature sends…

Midlife Soap Box

I have a range of friends, all aged 45-60, and in the last 6 months I have had many conversations that center around, “ugh, I’m tired,” and “I just need a break/vacation/day”, and “wow, life needs to slow down”. You know what friends? We are operating at a pace that we performed at in our…

Peace Out 2017!

Peace out 2017. I am done with you. 2017 was not what I anticipated, what I hoped for or what I imagined. It was a year of transition, tears, weight gain and struggle. I thought 2015 was a tough year for me, but 2017 served up its own variety of tough. I did not anticipate…

Unbridled Hope

Last week I had the opportunity to see a video of my daughter maneuvering obstacles on her horse, Stanley, without a saddle or a bridle. Let’s just consider that for a minute. Emma was riding a 1500-pound animal and the only manner in which to control him was by leg commands and trust and respect….

The Root of Community

As I walk through this season of life, I find myself more grateful than would be expected. In the initial months of my separation and ultimate divorce, I was so lonely and sad. It was all I could do to get through the day and not cry.  I was uncomfortable everywhere. I would drudge through…

King of My Heart

I tend to feel deeply and can wear my heart on my sleeve and in my eyes. This is good, in some cases, but in some situations, and I can usually see it coming, I end up in a line of people whose flights have been cancelled and I am the only one in tears….

Completion – Ethiopia

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” -A.A. Milne I think of little Gemechu all the…

Strength in Discomfort – Ethiopia

After I returned from Ethiopia, I was acutely aware of why the trip had been timed as it had, why I had been called to go at that time in that year and why, it was once again, God setting me up to breathe, float, and even swim, above the waves. I became aware of…

Step In – Ethiopia

Last year, at this exact time on the calendar, I was in Ethiopia. I have been reflecting on that trip and have been prompted to blog how God met me there. This is a long one, three parts actually, so bear with me. The trip was WAY out of my comfort zone, but a dear…

Heartfelt Delight

I love Disneyland! Growing up in Southern California, we visited Disneyland on special occasions and it was always something I looked forward to for weeks and thoroughly enjoyed when I was there. And now, as a mom, I still enjoy taking my teenagers for a day of distraction. What’s not to love about Disneyland? It…

Pure Love

Pure: free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter; free from foreign or inappropriate elements; clear; free from blemishes; straightforward, unaffected; clean, spotless and unsullied; without any discordant quality; free of or without guilt; independent of sense or experience. I heard something in church a couple weeks ago that…