Some days you need to run away

Some days you need to run away

When I write on my blog, I get to the end of a post and I see the list of similar posts I’ve written in the past. Lately, I’ve been clicking the links and reading stories that I wrote about seasons of our life I can barely remember. I’m amazed that...
When motherhood calls…

When motherhood calls…

I was standing in the middle of a farmer’s field Wednesday night, staring intently at the black sky when my phone rang. I could see a red haze creating a glow across the dark horizon. I looked down at the device in my hand. I didn’t recognize the number....

Saying good-bye to summer

On the last day of summer break, I spent four hours floating in circles around a lazy river. For the first two hours, I was with my two teen-age boys and my son’s girlfriend, and the last two hours I got rare and cherished one-on-one time with just my...

Family bonding around homemade snow cones

We have entered a stage of life in which I will take any opportunity I can find to spend a few minutes with the entire family all in one place. Recently, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas on how to make home-made snow cones to create some family bonding...

My secret code gift labelling system

A few days before Christmas, I was surprised to hear our 13-year-old daughter say what she was looking forward to the most. “I can’t wait to crack mom’s code on the gifts,” she said. About five years ago, I began replacing my traditional gift tags with a secret code....