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My prayer pot

Inspired by my daughter Erin’s prayer box, I decided I would write down names and put them in a container to pull out an

The dreaded adoption anniversary

Though I had been at it for four years, I could never get the celebration of the adoption right for our boy.

The influence of our elders

I have a wonderful opportunity next week to speak to a group of mostly retired women and some men.

Time at the Lake

Every Fourth of July used to be spent at the lake where my mother-in-law, Verona, and her husband, Red, live.

If you give a mom a minute

If you give a mom a minute, she'll look out the window as she washes the breakfast dishes and she'll notice how filthy with splatters the window over the sink is, so she'll decide to wash the windo

A story of the evolution of summer

Once upon a time summer was kicked off with a trip to the ice cream store.

The great thing he never told me

We never get good news from our youngest son. I'm not a fan of the words "always" and "never," but I believe "never" applies here; he just does not like to share positive news.

Staying on vacation

Letting go while not giving up

This seems to be an ongoing theme in my life as a mom. Surrender is the focus and central component in parenting our youngest.

What moms do

A new mom has taken up residence on my porch and I can’t help but be a little bit inspired by her.