The Saddest Words I’ve Ever Heard

The Saddest Words I’ve Ever Heard

I don’t know how anyone gets through hard times without hope. My belief in God is what sustains me; without him, where would I look for hope? Through him, I know I can hold on to what is true. One of the things I’m most grateful for, one of the things I...
Three Steps To A Changed Life (Personal Case Study)

Three Steps To A Changed Life (Personal Case Study)

I’ve invested more than 25 years into personal growth and making changes in my life. Growth is necessary, for everyone. You may have heard it said that growth does not take place inside our comfort zone. Changing your life isn’t always easy. And changing your...
Message to My Younger Self

Message to My Younger Self

I married just before my 22nd birthday. I had my first child at the age of 24. Life was good. I was fortunate to have a loving husband and two beautiful babies. (Pause.) Life was good, most of the time. The truth is I believed for much of my young life I was never...
Three Truths That May Be Keeping You From Enjoying Life

Three Truths That May Be Keeping You From Enjoying Life

Have you laughed today? When was the last time you burst into a belly laugh? What are you doing this weekend that will promote fun? Make it happen. If I can go to a funeral home and hear laughter, in the midst of pain and deep sorrow, then I should be able to...

Happy Mother’s Day, Dennis!

Every year for 29 years I have received a card in the mail with the most thoughtful message, wishing me a Happy Mother’s Day. This particular card wasn’t from my children. It was purchased and signed by my brother-in-law. For nearly three decades Dennis...

What I Learned From My Babushka Years

[Originally posted on January 15, 2013]  Bumps in the road. Ever run into those? It seems that a few years – and perhaps more than a few wrinkles – tend to reveal new perspectives. Scarves are a staple in my wardrobe. I have a fair collection and I can often be seen...

Holding On To Joy During Difficult Times

If you would have asked me a dozen years ago what it means to live in a spirit of gratefulness, my answer would have been, Remember every day the things for which you are grateful, and thank God for them. Today, I know it means so much more. Actually living in...

Saying Yes To The Dress, Or To Selfish Mothers?

Two words come to mind when watching TV shows like Say Yes to the Dress:  hot mess. And I’m not talking about the bride! This show makes me almost believe I’m a mom deserving of a medal. Well, at least in the bridal-gown-shopping category. Yet I...