The Sound of Spring: A Spirit of Expectation

Yesterday we woke up to our first dusting of snow. I walked Jaco and thought for sure we’re going to have a white Thanksgiving. It’s been that kind of cold for the last couple of weeks. That kind of cold where the sky is gray and the splendid of fall feels like a distant memory….

Look for the Light & Dance

I look at this picture and remember the fun my kids were having in the vertical fountain by the Intrepid Sea & Air Museum. It was spontaneous and carefree. It’s a scene that comes to mind as I teach them how to cope with life. I encourage them to never be afraid to step off…

Grown Kids

“Grown Kids” it’s an oxymoron literally and figuratively it’s a very real head trip. As a parent, I’ve gone through every stage of development from nursing infants, to defiant terrible twos to rapidly growing and discovering kindergarten kid and in a flash know it all teen. For me out of all the periods of growth…

When Vacation Happens

I’m convinced that vacation is a state of mind. I’ve been home, sitting on the back porch and felt my body and mind drifting on vacation. I’ve walked away from Long Dock Park at sunset, with my folding chair slung over my shoulder. And felt the renewal of a vacation minute. As I sit on…

He Takes Over

Somewhere between Los Angeles and Honolulu, it occurred to me that this is where God takes over. I planned out the flights, the car rental, the hotel. And we packed our bags. I feel like all of that is really just the framework of our trip. What actually happens on vacation is in God’s hands….

Don’t Let Go

I’m looking out the window, as the train blows by river meadows sprinkled with bright pink flowers. I keep opening my mobile camera too late to capture the beauty. It reminds me of trying to wrap my mind and heart around preparing for my youngest son’s college move-in. He’s the youngest, but in many ways…

Send Me Your Sunset

Texting with my friend; a quick exchange to catch up. I was happy to hear that she was in Martha’s Vineyard. Before I could think twice, I asked her to send me a picture of a sunrise or a sunset. I’m not sure I’ve ever asked for anyone to do that before, but I was…