Encouragement · Letters from the Heart · Love

Dear Son, You Have My Permission

Gah. This letter still makes me cry. I wrote it two years ago when my oldest was approaching high school graduation. We used to meet once a week to have lunch to talk about the days ahead and anything else I was afraid I’d forgotten to teach him. More than all of that, I just…… Continue reading Dear Son, You Have My Permission

Encouragement · Letters from the Heart

Dear Mom, You Need to Hear This

Dear Mom, Every year that passes, I realize how much I need you and how much you have been in my corner-even when I was blindsided by self-centered desires. Your unconditional love was on display through it all. If only there were adequate words to convey the emotions in my heart for the gratitude I…… Continue reading Dear Mom, You Need to Hear This

Encouragement · Faith · Hope

The Power of Change

  A blanket of white covered the terrain for as far as the eye could see. Boundaries once created with the silhouette of hedges, were now blurred by the layer of fresh snow. The pathway to our casita was obscured by the tree branches bent low under the weight of the powder. I stood admiring…… Continue reading The Power of Change

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday: April Edition

Moment of Truth Monday: I am the student who sometimes requires a do-over. As much as I long to learn concepts the first time, certain lessons just don’t stick. While I used to begrudge my “slow” learning style, I’ve come to appreciate that some lessons are worth repeating. I originally wrote a version of this…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: April Edition

Encouragement · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday: February Edition

She shifted direction and headed straight for the flowerbed–instead of the car. Observing her movements, curious about the sudden pull toward the plants, I was alarmed to see her bend down and break the stem of a plant in my humble [little] garden. The sound of my panicked voice filled the space between us as…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: February Edition

Encouragement · Hope · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

The new year offers the hope of fresh possibilities. Whether picking words to guide us, goals to advance us, or plans to transform us, we welcome the opportunity for a fresh start and new beginning. It’s therapeutic turning the page on the previous 365 days. Clean slates are synonymous with re-dos. Who hasn’t desperately longed…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday