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Gray Hairs and a Lesson on Beauty from My Son

When you have black hair, those first strands of gray hair are pretty obvious. They aren’t gray. They scream white. Yesterday, I found seven strands of white hair, stark and proud against the unforgiving backdrop of my straight black hair. Unfortunately, in my haste to pull out those seven white strands, I inadvertently sacrificed 4 … Continue reading

Be the Hero

Be the Hero

Momo has a little hero in his heart.  He wants to fix things.  To come to the rescue.  To do right and to know the answers. He wants to be bigger.  Stronger.  Faster. Oh, but he is small. And he knows it.  There are days I sense he feels like he’s being swallowed up by … Continue reading

Nacho Libre Meets Tinkerbell

Nacho Libre Meets Tinkerbell

Most days, Tigerlily is all about cars, trains, and stir frying at her play kitchen. Once in a while, she gravitates towards dress-up and puts on her fairy wings.  Sometimes she’ll wear a tutu with them and my heart just turns into silly putty.  Although I don’t push girly things on her, it is awfully cute seeing … Continue reading

The Blessing of Thanksgiving Sans Turkey

Holidays are a funny thing.  Part commercialization, part ideals, personalized by our own cultural backgrounds and expectations.  Throw in multiple family members and the stress of cooking, it’s amazing there aren’t more stories out there of Thanksgiving gone wrong. It’s never too late.  I’ll offer up my Thanksgiving as an example of the unexpected. My … Continue reading

Homemade Christmas Cards for the Orphans

Homemade Christmas Cards for the Orphans

Have you heard of Orphan Sunday?  On Sunday, November 6, numerous events nationwide and across the world were held to advocate and lend voice to the needs of orphans.  These events were locally-led by churches or individuals, varying from sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, to shared meals and activities.  The purpose of … Continue reading

Helpless

We’ve been sick.  First, it was TL, then MM, then me.  Both kids had croup.  MM threw in some conjunctivitis to the mix, and TL brought it up a notch with some sinusitis.  I’m not sure what I have, but it has rendered me useless (other than holding my kids and letting them rub their … Continue reading

Alone

Alone

A sense of community is hard to come by.  Despite how much lives can now intersect with lightning speed in megabyte bursts and 140 character blurbs, loneliness is as prevalent as ever. Perhaps even more so in this age of digital convenience.  We can convert files and transfer media, but relationships just simply can’t be … Continue reading

The Face of Joy

Several things leave my heart feeling heavy tonight.   Thinking about the financial struggles that one family shared with me during their son’s doctor visit.  Finding out that a newborn with a metabolic disorder will not have normal brain function.  Reading the words of a man who has recently lost his wife and now faces a … Continue reading

A Simple Song of Love

Not too long ago, I had a lengthy discussion with a teenage girl and her father about healthy eating and making exercise a priority.  They were silent for a moment after I pointed out her weight and BMI on the growth curve.  She wasn’t even on the curve anymore. As I watched them, I felt a disconnect.  … Continue reading

Bookworm Corner: The Tale of Three Trees

Bookworm Corner chronicles my own exploration of children’s literature as I wander through the bookstores with my kids.  I think I enjoy these bookstore trips even more than they do… The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale retold by Angela Elwell Hunt The first time I read this story about 10 years ago, I … Continue reading