We call 2019 - "The Year of the Kite"... It taught us to live with greater trust & abandon. To be honest, it felt more like being one of those Suzy-Stretch dolls from the '90's! "Well, 2020 may be the Year of the Tornado", I joke. Our routines and plans swept off the calendar in… Continue reading Who pressed the Pause Button?
It feels like coming home as I write this to you. It’s been a season that has required more of me, with less opportunity to share words and thoughts in this space. It’s stormy out tonight, but with a warm summer rain and very gentle rolling thunder. The kids and I curled up on a… Continue reading Let the kite flying begin
Dear Friend, Wishing you a very Happy New Year! If there was one gift I could deliver to your door this day, it would be encased in words instead of wrapping. A declaration of who you are, what you mean to others, and who you can become in 2019. Unwrap the truths that you need… Continue reading New Year, New Truths, New You
Eager for some breathing room? Cringe at the pace? a little overwhelmed by it all? Here's the truth of where I'm at... maybe you can relate. My voice has been quiet here for a few months. Not out of disinterest, or a renewed passion elsewhere, but sheer depletion. This fall was been a season where… Continue reading Make Room to Breathe
A battle is raging in our homes today. Fatigue wears at our spirits and bodies. We can sometimes feel defeated and wonder if we're losing control. Can respect and joy, consistency and calmness, be our daily reality? I've been on the losing side of many a power struggle. "Clean up on aisle 9 please! A… Continue reading When Love Wins the Day
"Oh Mommy,... I love that you're silly!" We laughed as I hugged him. Loving, patient, strong, hard-working, respected. We all aspire to these, but is silly in the Top 10? I'll be honest, I'm on the nurture side when it comes to silly. My mom, however, pulsed crazy fun since birth! Dad used to… Continue reading Bring on the Joy!
We were wrapping up a family vacation with popcorn and a movie. Our three-year old was enthralled in every vivid-coloured car that sped across the screen. "Well, that was a good movie," Papa nodded with a smile. "Papa!! ....It's not good..... It's GREAT!!!" Eli's dramatic reply and expressive hand actions had us laughing right out loud. He… Continue reading When Broken turns into Beautiful
A Special Guest Post! Words penned and spoken over 18 years ago, by a woman deeply loved and missed. Parenting and palliative care intersected paths for her at age 45, yet Mom's life continues to deeply impact how my sister and I parent, and many others as well. Written by Debbie Willick - Shared at… Continue reading Parenting Words from a Missed Mom
The scene that unfolded, wrapped around my heart and squeezed tight. Twice the bubbly, young girl attempted the speak out "enough!" with her hand motions, but her request was denied. Screen time with a device, over face time with her, won on that lunch date with mom. Ouch. Conviction washed over me like a salty… Continue reading Let’s be real… about Parenting
Can I just be transparent with you on this Tuesday? Thanks... that means a lot. So, this kind of unfortunate thing happened. No major crisis, just a life moment. Our cars became a rummage sale during one night, and some sticky fingers snagged the iPod found inside. It was my hubby's. He enjoys podcasting his… Continue reading Losing is winning