Faith · Family · Life

Prayers with Skin On: An Open Letter to Our Neighbors

Dear Neighbor, I just want to take a moment to say: Thank you. Yes, you with the tween daughter just like mine, who took my girls under her wing and gave them a familiar, friendly face on the first day of school. Who has been that friendly face day in and day out since then… Continue reading Prayers with Skin On: An Open Letter to Our Neighbors

Faith · Life Lessons

When You’re Not Who You Thought You Were

I slowly sipped the steaming coffee, letting it soothe me with it’s warmth. As I cupped the mug in my hands, my eyes lingered on the faded Scottish flag painted uponĀ it. We had bought it while in Scotland on a work trip back years ago. Back then there was no mistaking the stark white X… Continue reading When You’re Not Who You Thought You Were

Faith · Life · Life Lessons

When You Realize Your Own Insignificance

I woke up with a jolt. Something wasn’t right. I sat up in bed and surveyed my surroundings. Pale blue light seeped lazily through the slats in the vertical blinds, and my husband slept, undisturbed, next to me. No children stirred down the hall, no bird welcome the day with his song. I’d heard something.… Continue reading When You Realize Your Own Insignificance

Expat Life · Life · Life Lessons

The Exquisite Ache of Learning Something new

I started a new job last week. And after a decade of living the non-traditional expat lifestyle, I can tell you the learning curve was steep. Not just the learning curve, but the mental energy stamina. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve used my brain in this way. Oh, I’ve learned new stuff while… Continue reading The Exquisite Ache of Learning Something new

Life · Writing

The Safety Net of Silence

This has always been a very safe place for us, friends, hasn’t it? We’ve always been able to talk freely, and be vulnerable with one another. We’ve talked about everything from parenting funnies to spiritual constipation to culture shock to hair styles. And we’ve always been there for one another, lifting each other up, encouraging… Continue reading The Safety Net of Silence

The Better Mom

Learning to Curb my Temper in Motherhood

You guys, I struggle with being a grumpy mom. That’s a nice way of saying that I tend to snap quickly and ask questions later when I’m dealing with my children; particularly when I’m tired and/or stressed. So, basically the past 2 years of our lives. However, I’m taking steps, along with the Spirit’s help,… Continue reading Learning to Curb my Temper in Motherhood