your people

She looked breathtaking in her wedding dress. And when her nine bridesmaids danced through the bedroom door to get a first glimpse, many of their eyes filled with tears. They were so happy for her and overcome with joy to see their dear friend in the gown that she would soon be married in. Hosting... Continue Reading →

point to the son

Today is my middle child's twenty-first birthday.  Only yesterday, I was dragging myself around the supermarket in tears because it was his first week of kindergarten and I felt like both of my arms were missing.  Two kids now in school and I walked in circles for a few weeks until I figured out my new normal. Today,... Continue Reading →

a chain reaction

No sooner had the words come rushing out of my mouth that I saw a single, fat tear roll down her cheek.  My heart pounded as she looked at me with skeptical eyes. A few months ago, I had been in this same shoe store and noticed that the young woman working seemed very upset.... Continue Reading →

the last turn home

As we finally rounded the corner onto our street, the yearning and anticipation I'd felt for the last ten days couldn't be contained for one second longer.  In our driveway, I left everything in the car and ran through the deep snow to the front door and flung it open. My little boy had been... Continue Reading →

a fine line

There's a fine line between joy and despair, laughter and tears, the truth and a lie, life and even death.  We should've seen it coming, we already knew we were on very thin ice. Especially after our agency was shut down by the U.S. State Department in December, but still, we had hope.  Looking back... Continue Reading →

our bodies, our vehicles

I drove my daughter to school today in our well used, deep blue Honda Odyssey van.  It's rusted in a few spots, dented in the rear from our sons' drivers ed days, and smelly from transporting dogs and sweaty ball players, wet snow boots, pants and skis, bathing suits and God knows what else. That... Continue Reading →

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