Raising a miracle

Do you have friends whose children have special needs? Most of us do. Or maybe you're parenting a child with special needs yourself. Many are. My friend and colleague Matt Krumrie wrote this blog post about raising his miracle daughter, Kassy. I read it this morning and felt convicted of my own failure to care... Continue Reading →

Beauty on the hour

"Maggie, your sparkly shirt looks so pretty this morning." She climbed over the chest at the end of our bed, the morning sun reflecting off the sequins on her pink t-shirt. Her face beamed slightly, disguising a little smile. "YOU look so pretty this morning, Maggie," I changed my compliment after seeing her little smile... Continue Reading →

Bullies & BFFs

I picked Maggie up from school, and she hopped in the car with the same vigor she'd expressed every other day that week. She immediately asked me for a snack and settled into her seat, humming a tune. I had no reason to suspect she'd had anything but a completely pleasant day, right? "Maggie, how... Continue Reading →

Back to reality

There are times when I beat myself up as a mom. Then there are little moments of reward. Moments when my daughter lauds my motherhood skills, my spirit soars, and I believe I've finally got this. That's just before my paper airplane wings bend, and I crash into the coffee-stained carpet in her bedroom floor.... Continue Reading →

A letter to my wife

Today's post is written by one of my students, Roy Meisinger, as a token of appreciation to his wife.  Dear wife, I would like to take the time to tell you how thankful I am that God chose you to be my wife. I think sometimes I take you for granted, but truthfully you do... Continue Reading →

Oh, to be thankful!

Big thanks to my lifelong best friend, MeLissa Massey Horseman, for making gratitude a family affair. I love you, MeLissa. Dailen (9 ½) – I’m thankful for a house, my family, and myself.  I feel that thankfulness means you are appreciative and have a good attitude about stuff people give you.   Lexa (8) –... Continue Reading →

Eating oranges

When company’s coming, I normally tidy up the house hurriedly, clearing up clutter quickly. Everything must find its home--James’ smelly socks sitting in the middle of the mudroom floor, Maggie’s tiny pile of clean laundry atop the dining table outside her room, the four coffee cups on the kitchen counter. Even if I don’t have... Continue Reading →

Sweet 16

Happy anniversary to my best friend, MeLissa Horseman, and the love of her life, Shawn. I'm grateful I was able to be there with them 16 years ago to celebrate their wedding.  My husband and I celebrate our Sweet 16 this July.  Marriage is probably the hardest thing I have ever done, aside from public... Continue Reading →

#bestprobs

Let me give you guys a quick snapshot of my life right now. I'm wrapping up my position as a full-time faculty member at a community college, grading finals like a demon while saying plenty of sad goodbyes to colleagues and students. I receive daily emails which I print  out to add to my "kudos"... Continue Reading →

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