A Non-Emergency.

What constitutes an emergency? The dictionary defines emergency as “a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action”. 1 Isn’t that what I’m experiencing? Is this not an emergency? My life has been thrown a very real, very... Continue Reading →

Custis Straw.

For the first time in a long time, Custis and I walked together. Alone. Usually, when we walk, we bring the fancy, impact cancelling, attention seeking, double stroller that securely holds Atticus and Colton. Or on a particularly relaxed day,... Continue Reading →

The Kitchen Table.

We gather around the kitchen table--the very kitchen table where I dutifully ate my meals as a child. The surface has been scratched and the chairs wobble, but within each grain of wood, there is a memory, a story, etched... Continue Reading →


It snowed yesterday. It snowed all day long. The first snow always captivates my heart. The way it casually drifts down to cover the residue of fall. The way it simply lands without purpose to form a spectacular scene--and yet... Continue Reading →

Imperfect Shadow.

Wearing his usual dimple filled smile, he came sprinting toward me the way toddlers do. His hair bouncing wildly with each step, his legs flinging about, and his feet uncertainly preparing for abrupt strikes against the floor. Reaching the half... Continue Reading →

Purposeless Confidence.

I always have a purpose for my confidence. Always. I need confidence to execute the many decisions demanded from my many roles as wife, mother, teacher, and coach. Of course, confidence is almost always most effective when served with a... Continue Reading →

An Invaluable Lesson.

The season of pain and isolation is fresh upon my family. Last winter, we were forcibly tied to our two bedroom house as it provided the only safe environment in which our sons could flourish. It seemed as though every... Continue Reading →

Our Unknown.

Looking at David today, all I could see was the man in South Africa, with his multi-coloured board shorts, steady chest, and overly eager carefree smile. The memory from which this vision derives did not occur all that long ago. Three... Continue Reading →


As the leaves change from vibrant shades of vitality to wonderful expressions of a life well lived, I am often reminded of a darker time in my young family's past. It was during this time a couple years ago we... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑