we all have scars…

yesterday i read the following quotation: “hate leaves ugly scars; love leaves beautiful ones.” – mignon mclaughlin what’s interesting about this quotation is the unspoken assumption that no matter what… life scars us. we cannot come through unscathed. throughout life, we receive scars for different reasons: bomb shrapnel.  skinned knees.  bullet wounds.  cesarian sections.  they all leave ...

abide with me…

my husband played offertory this morning at our church.  the song is a hymn that i’ve heard all of my life and have really grown to love over the years. i did a little research on it last night, and realized that the poem for the song was written 3 weeks before the death of ...

the Beginning and the Ending

i’ve written before how our nighttime routine with ellise includes reading. we read two books: a children’s classic (last night was “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” by Eugene Field) and The Jesus Storybook Bible.  (i’ve mentioned my love for this particular Bible in a previous post...) well, last night, we made it through the last story in revelation. ...

it came and went

july 5th came and went. it was a busy day.  b & i were in wisconsin for the week, spending time with his family.  we had actually traveled a bit further north for the 4th and spent our day after independence at the mall of america and ikea and celebrated my in-laws anniversary. it was, ...

when words seem empty

there are times in life where words simply won’t do. they are hard to find, and even harder to say the right way. sometimes, the most simple response seems to be silence, especially when one doesn’t want to run the risk of using words that, at best, seem awkward… at worse, unintentionally hurt people who ...