To say it's been a weird week feels like an understatement. Just over a couple weeks ago, I received a text from one of my best friends who works in infection control for three major hospitals. Studying how to stop the spread of infection and what to do in case of an outbreak such as this is what she does. She is incredibly level-headed and in no way an alarmist. The message was straightforward and to the point. It basically said, it's time to prepare for the coronavirus because it's no ... Read More about When a Pandemic Strikes and The World Feels Weird (a title I never imagined writing)
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Last week was hard. Really hard. On Monday, my husband and I received a text from our daughter letting us know the brother of one of her closest friends had passed away. He was just 12 years young. Shocked. Devastated. Broken-hearted. We reached out to her and told her we loved her. We were sorry. And there for her. How can this be? Do you want to come home? What do you need? Do you want us to come there? These are some of the things we asked. She had never been to a real ... Read More about Tragedy and Grief
A refugee. An outcast. Homeless. Hunted. Murdered. This is the life God chose. His father and mother left the town of Nazareth and traveled to Bethlehem. Because Joseph belonged to the line of David, he had to go to register Mary, who he was pledged to be married to. But she was already pregnant. And about to give birth. Any moment now. Traveling by donkey with the pains of labor. Who was his father, anyway? Why would Joseph still marry her? A new family beginning their lives ... Read More about The Life God Chose
It's been a rough week. And there just isn't time right now for a rough week to happen. There are gifts to be bought. Presents to be wrapped. Parties to be thrown. Cookies to be baked. Lights to be seen. And more. But regardless of my holiday to-do list, this rough week has happened nonetheless. It started last Thursday when my husband was traveling for work and found two bugs in his hotel room. I'm uber paranoid about bedbugs, and he knew as soon as he saw those suckers that ... Read More about Some Weeks are Harder Than Others: On Bedbugs, Assault and Influenza
Today, my list is long. Yet, here I am. Sitting at the island. Doing something I love to do, because it brings my heart joy. This time of year I find myself so easily bogged down by my list. The should-dos and to-dos and need-to-dos and must-dos. It can be overwhelming, really. When I think about Christmas, I realize all of those things on my list can be distracting. If I'm not careful, they can keep me from remembering the Why. The Reason. Jesus. But it ... Read More about Remember the Why. Remember the Reason.