Tagged with Faith

Set Sail

Set Sail

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry   Sunshine has been tickling our skin and warming our hearts with a new longing to be … Continue reading

For Better or Worse

My memory is weak.  It’s why I feel compelled to write as much as I do.  I want to remember it all.  The emotions.  The doubts.  The triumphs.  I want to capture all those fleeting moments and stuff them into a neat little descriptive paragraph.  I keep hoping that this would keep the memories as fresh today … Continue reading

Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light

Toddlers are a fascinating bunch.  They have incredibly strong opinions.  Their hearts are like volcanoes that erupt with fiery emotion at any given time.  They fixate on random details or ideas.  They stick by their no even when they intend to mean yes.  And despite all these manifestations of growing independence, they still desperately crave the safety of a warm hug … Continue reading

Reach for the Sky

Reach for the Sky

This is how we spent the first day of 2012. There was only a light breeze.  Sporadic at best.  We tried over and over again to run with all our might.  To get that kite to stay up.  At times we thought we succeeded, only to see the kite drift down in exhaustion from all … Continue reading

Winding Down After Christmas

Winding Down After Christmas

I don’t know what we were thinking.  The week before Christmas, we began to potty train our kids.  Both kids.  Not our idea.  TL decided she wanted to wear undies.  She’s a stubborn one, so we went with it.  A few hours later, MM decided to follow his younger sister’s lead.  Our lives have been a … 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

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

How Do You Do it?

I am exhausted.  Perpetually, flat out exhausted. When I look around at all the people I know with multiple children, health issues, financial hardship, demanding jobs, single parenthood, or other challenges, I am always plagued by this one question:  How do they do it? Because I am a mess. There, I said it.  I am a mess.  … 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