Terrified and torn, a young woman girl, seventeen, sacrificed so that her firstborn could have life.  For nine months, perfect innocence was knit together in her womb. Yet on a […]


The marigold shag carpet etched its shape into my knees as I leaned over and enthusiastically accepted my neighbor Adam’s invitation to a coloring throwdown. With a pink crayon clutched […]


Change is hard for me. I like the comfortably predictable and the gentle rhythms of routine. Last year was a year of big changes for me. My best friend in […]


As we greeted those sitting next to us in church that Sunday, one of my dear children accidentally kicked over my husband’s full — very full – cup of coffee. Creamy brown liquid dribbled in rivulets from our […]

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I said to a friend the other day, “I’m at the bottom of my barrel. I must take a break.” I was talking about writing specifically, but really about life […]


I got a Christmas card from my mom. You don’t know how significant that is. I know, it sounds so normal to get a card, right? But for me, it’s […]


I used to gather my strength at the year’s end for a running start into the new one. I’d limp through Christmas, the demands and social gatherings jabbing tender places. […]


My daughter comes to me with snot and tears streaked down her face and asks between wails, “Do you still love me, Mama? Even when I’m crabby?” She then bursts […]