September, 2018 I’m driving north on Hwy 41 for probably the 800th time in my life. I toggle between Relevant Radio and WKLH and when Africa comes on I turn up the volume. Loud. And sing along. Loud. It’s not pleasing but that’s okay. There are no kids rolling their eyes, moaning “Moooom” as if … Continue reading A Sorrowful & Surprising Summer
I cried from Bismarck to Minneapolis. It wasn’t pretty. I laid on the seat in the third row of our SUV heaving, sobbing, snorting, blowing. I grabbed tissue after tissue from the box and left a wet spot on the pillow. I tried to cry quietly because I didn’t want the kids to hear but … Continue reading The Bittersweet Good-bye
It was to be a meeting of the minds. The youngest earned his drivers license and was itching for more freedom. He sees our use of Find My Friends as a statement of non trust. We decided to negotiate. Raising toddlers involves physical endurance ~ sleepless nights for both child and parent, temper tantrums that … Continue reading Meeting of the Minds
When the sun comes up each morning and I sip my coffee quietly while reading the newspaper, I see that the world is a messed up place. People in one place are killing each other and over there another elected official has done something immoral or heinous. There is hunger, homelessness, uncontrolled fire and sadness. … Continue reading When the World Roars: A Love Letter to Soccer
and the two shall become one flesh (Eph 5:31) Two became one on August 7, 1993, and today that one turns 25. Here's what I've learned marriage is: still looking forward to him coming home from work feeling comforted when I see him lying beside me in the night using "we" more often than "I" being … Continue reading We are 25!
How is the clothes chute like our relationship with God? Read on to find out.
How do we follow the rules when they are hard and we don't agree with them?
The Pretty in Pink soundtrack is a portal to the high school me. When I hear a song from it, even the ubiquitous If You Leave, the 17 year old girl of my heart & memory arises. It is briefly 1986 and I am unsure, scared and wondering. The music was the background of my … Continue reading Pretty in Pink and 17
Position Title: Somebody Immediate opening. This ongoing concern is looking for a person with a variety of skills. This position is varied and never dull. Job description: We are looking for an individual who is always ready to jump in and help out. This person must be able to handle a variety of low-skilled tasks. … Continue reading Job Opening
The day had finally arrived. After nearly a decade of talking about it and a full year of planning and saving up, we were taking our kids to the motherland - Italy. Everyone had a valid passport, a suitcase and enough books to last two weeks. We had airline tickets and train tickets and chapters … Continue reading The Anthem in Italy