Category My Daughter

Celebrating Two Special Birthdays

Perhaps because I’m an only child, and perhaps simply because of the people we are, I’ve always enjoyed a close and happy relationship with my mom.  She was a stay-at-home mom until I reached middle school, but no matter what, she was always there for me.  Driving me to multiple tennis lessons each week and […]

The Right Words

Sometimes, we feel as if we are coasting through the days and everything falls neatly into place.  Other times, we feel as if we are trudging through thick mud against a strong wind.  I’ve had a few “mud and wind” experiences over the past few days, and I’ve found that if I don’t step back […]

Things I’m Learning from Them

There’s no doubt that children teach the grown-ups around them more than either the kids or the grown-ups realize.  I love the mutual blessing of being with both those who are older than ourselves and younger, too.  Perspectives need freshening, ideas need tweaking, faith needs a boost, joy needs amplification.  Here are a few things […]

“Mommy, Can You Take Away My Sickness?”

In this house, we see frequent, but not too serious, cases of strep throat and ear infections.  I know what the symptoms look like, I know how to care for the kids, even though it’s mostly L.  Little A has had a handful of colds and minor afflictions, compared to her school-aged brother and his […]

The Race Marked Out For Her…?

Do you ever feel like a small decision you have to make, could end up snow-balling into something much bigger?  When you catch yourself feeling that way, do you dismiss the concerns and act, or do you start considering all the possible ramifications from the start? Before this gets any more cryptic, here’s my own […]

Progress!

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of “progress” lately, as I see it in my own life and in the lives of those around me. Sometimes, it feels like nothing is changing, and we feel discouraged.  We try many different approaches to the same challenge, but none seem to work.  We hope and […]

It Was a Cloudy Day, But We Can See the Sun

Does anyone else have unspeakable joy in her (or his) heart, but have days when it just feels like there’s a cloud over the mind?  There are some days when everything feels muddled up there and like I’m swimming against the current.  Today was a “cloudy” day.  I’m sure there’s a strong correlation to elements […]