Category: Inspiration

Healing our nation at the cellular level

I can’t think of anything more polarizing these days than my social media feed. It’s easy to sit with my device and post arguments and counter-arguments, but it’s a whole different conversation with a family member, church connection, co-worker, or friend, face-to-face.  Social media affords…

Potpourri: I Ran Out of Words, Holy Week, and Treasured Moments

I ran out of words this week, to say, to speak, but not to write. We are wrapping up a brutally busy, gloriously wonderful Holy Week including, worship and work and friend and family time. I am one who is often confused as an…

Poetry, Family, Creation Care

A few weeks before Christmas, I took Our 9 and 6 year-old on a walk through the basement of our house. The goal was to find ten items that I would eventually write a poem about. We play the “describing game” all the time…

Potpourri: no, yes, hope, food

Happy New Year! Our family continues to heal from a grueling last half of 2017, but we are certainly here with more hope and peace than we’ve had in a long time. There are still remnants of illnesses, but overall we are much healthier…

I bargained with God and got my end of the deal! Now what?

For most who know my family, it’s no secret 2017 has been a year of difficulties. I wrote down the “big” things the other day and came up with this list. Husband – mono (severe) and pneumonia (still dealing with symptoms of mono) Me…

Dirt Road Therapy

Before picking our children up from school today, I took twenty minutes to drive down a lovely gravel road near our house. I’m going to share more soon about the journey our family has been on this past year, but for now, learning how…

Fear and Truth

Its tendons tighten ‘round her throat Fear’s icy fingers grip A lullaby in minor chord  Echoes from fear’s lips  Why isn’t she better? The words bounce ‘round Why is it taking so long? Did we do the right thing? Did we make the right…

Rest

I heard the voice of Jesus say come unto me and rest… But what about our sick child? Come unto me and rest… What about our finances?  Come to me and rest…  What about our loved one slowly succumbing to dementia? Come unto me…

Of Praise and Thanks

Words to one of my favorite hymns paired with snapshots I’ve captured over the past few weeks.  For the beauty of the earth,  for the glory of the skies,  for the love which from our birth  over and around us lies;  Lord of all,…

Dancing; taboo to therapy 

I covered the phone receiver in my hand and whispered to my co-worker, “Is ballet a sport?” Clearly I knew nothing about ballet or sports. (When I was asked to cover my first county-league baseball game my completed article had little to do with…

Tattoos, Tributes, and the Harlow Family Seal

I’ve learned to ask for stories behind tattoos. Many are in tribute to a life or a belief, while others have no real thought behind them. In the child-loss community, some have initials, angel wings, or even actual pictures, foot prints or echocardiograms of…

“I’ll see you in the sunrise, Mommy”

I wrote those piece more than a month ago, but am just finding the courage to share. Writing has always been my therapy, and this piece brought tremendous healing as I imagined what Sadie might say to me from heaven.  “I’ll see you in…

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