Visitation…

The first time I sat with a Pastor in my own home, we were in our early twenties. We had just begun attending the church when the secretary called to ask us if it was okay for Pastor Ufema to come visit. Keith and I scurried around our little house on Cross Street trying to make it presentable. I made iced tea from a packet and strawberry shortcake from scratch. Continue reading “Visitation…”

Just for today…

A decade ago, I was honored to know a woman who taught me about both living and dying. You see, Kathy received a grave diagnosis, with an even graver prognosis. She taught our children’s Sunday school with her head wrapped in a turban, and she shared great love and honesty with the preschool kids. She lived well between the chemo days, and even better when the chemo ended. One Sunday, I stopped her between the front pew and the altar and asked her in a serious church lady voice, how things were. Continue reading “Just for today…”

Holding our own…

Weeks ago, when I decided to quit my job and follow my intuition (and a still small voice) into the unknown, I imagined that I would awake after my last day of work relieved and refreshed. Instead, I woke up feeling groggy and disoriented with 36 hours to plan and prepare for a bridal shower, three weeks to get a wedding under control, and two kids moving in and out of my house. When the phone rang, I had not yet seen the bottom of my first cup of coffee. Continue reading “Holding our own…”

Goodbye…

How do you know when it is time to go? I’ve been in a difficult place at work for the past year or more. I’ve agonized over whether to go or to stay. I’ve worried about the work, the people, me. I’ve spent countless hours journaling, praying, and talking about the situation to friends and family. I wore myself out trying to figure out what to do. Continue reading “Goodbye…”

Recreation…

In my mind, vacations should be more than diversions. My goal is to use time away from my ordinary life, to restore and reconnect with my best self. Our recent vacation did that beautifully. I left my job, my home, my responsibilities and entered into an alternate reality. A tropical setting, both familiar and unknown, people who have known me all of my days, and a good mix of excitement and boredom combined in a powerful way to reconnect me to myself. Continue reading “Recreation…”

Summer gathering…

We are preparing for an adventure! In just a few days, we will be heading to Florida to spend a week in the sun with my parents, my sister’s family, close friends, and our children (minus Allie – insert sad face). We have lots of plans, there will be a trip to Hogwarts, a road trip down the state to the very tip of the keys, an amazing house, jet skis, day trips, and a sunset cruise to cap it off. Continue reading “Summer gathering…”

A solid place to stand…

Some days it’s hard to find a solid place to stand. Winds of change and trouble blow through my life, shifting and moving even the most reliable of shelters. Relationships grow, change, wither, break. We grow and diminish and hopefully grow again in the esteem of our children. Close friends become acquaintances. Sometimes, families fracture. The landscape of my life is constantly under construction. New things erupt, old structures collapse, and I must navigate this changing landscape. Continue reading “A solid place to stand…”