Category Family

A Poem for Some Dear Ones

I know someone dear to me Who exemplifies both strength and fragility All in one life, side by side Courage soars and fear tries to hide Certainty and doubt vie for first place And a myriad of expressions cross her face Joyful laughter and deep sadness, too Hurt and confusion not hidden from view Yet […]

Checking In

Greetings to all!  I still enjoy writing, I still care about this blog, and I am still the same person.  In fact, the one-year anniversary of my blog came and went last week, with only the fanfare of sharing the news with my husband!  There have been many things to write about in the past […]

The Day the Cat Got Out

Sixteen years ago, our orange tabby cat, Larry, nudged his way out of our screened porch in New Orleans.  He had never gotten out before, but that’s because Vien and I always remembered to latch the screen door when we knew Larry was out there.  Saturday, April 23, 2005, was humid and warm, and I […]

Our News/Reflections on Cleaning a House

Yesterday morning, our house went on the market.  We have lived here about two and a half years and have made some wonderful friends and enjoyed ourselves.  It is a bittersweet period, but my dear husband is pursuing a new opportunity within his profession that will require a move this summer!  I love seeing excitement […]

You Have to Train Before You Run the Race

I named my blog “Running the Race” in tribute to a favorite Bible verse from the book of Hebrews (ch. 12, v. 1) and also in reference to a lifelong love of running. Literally speaking, running–and with long distances especially–many miles and hours go into building up endurance, power, and speed.  This is called “training”, […]

Reposting from my own archives: When Luke Raised His Hand

The post that follows is something I wrote a few years ago, as I was remembering the events in our family in December of 2008.  Luke was three and a half, and we didn’t know we were going to have Anna yet!  I’ve edited it a bit so it makes more sense in the details, but […]

Why I Don’t Mind Having My Lap Covered in Kitty Fur

Our cat, Larry, is on my lap.  Not a big deal, right?  The kids are in bed, the house is quiet, I’m sitting on the sofa, this is part of our routine.  Tonight, it’s kind of a big deal, because while I was getting little A. settled in for the night, I was praying that […]

It’s Just Allergies…

I’ve spent the past day or so trying to convince V. and myself that my endless sniffles and sneezes are in fact “just allergies”.  It’s become a joke by now, and everyone knows that Mommy is indeed under the weather.  I’m breaking some kind of mommy rule, I know, but here I am with my […]

Colors Nearby: Family Trip to Captiva, FL

A blogger friend of mine posts beautiful pictures often of the plants and scenery around her.  Today, she posted some shots of great blue flowers in her garden, along with a poem inspired by what she saw.  Her poems always get me to pause and realize just how much God speaks to us through all […]

Octoberfest: The Results

A few posts ago, I wrote about our family’s gathering to celebrate four birthdays:  my father-in-law, my mother-in-law, my mom, and my daughter.  In our house, we would be hosting both sets of our parents, V.’s sister, her husband, their baby, and their dog.  We are blessed to have room to spread out to play and […]