Do You Want to Be Well?

It’s become a mantra between us and when my oldest came home from working out at the crack of dawn I knew before I said it what his response would be.  Still, I went ahead and gave him his props. “Good for you for working-out before class bud.” “Well you know, you got to do what you got to do,” he said.                                                                     I laughed, like I always do, at his now standard response to a motherly dose of affirmation. I was standing in the kitchen staring at the shot […]

It’s become a mantra between us and when my oldest came home from working out at the crack of dawn I knew before I said it what his response would be.  Still, I went ahead and gave him his props. “Good for you for working-out before class bud.” “Well you know, you got to do what you got to do,” he said.                                                                     I laughed, like I always do, at his now standard response to a motherly dose of affirmation. I was standing in the kitchen staring at the shot [...]Keep reading...

Aisle 3

It was the morning after and with only about an hour’s sleep I needed espresso.  I stopped at the supermarket to get a Starbucks before heading to my Mom’s.  I looked like a shell of myself.  When I was ordering someone brushed past me in the line.  It was a slim man with a baseball cap and for a minute I thought it was my brother.  It would be just like him to give me a shoulder check when he walked by. I did a double take and watched him […]

It was the morning after and with only about an hour’s sleep I needed espresso.  I stopped at the supermarket to get a Starbucks before heading to my Mom’s.  I looked like a shell of myself.  When I was ordering someone brushed past me in the line.  It was a slim man with a baseball cap and for a minute I thought it was my brother.  It would be just like him to give me a shoulder check when he walked by. I did a double take and watched him [...]Keep reading...

Leaf Golf

Coming from my car I could see him at the practice green chipping the ball from the rough. I’d never seen my brother golf before and it was obvious he had some skills.  This wasn’t a complete surprise.  Craig was passionate about golf but after having recently spent ten days in the ICU I thought he might struggle a little. He wasn’t in the best of health. Diabetes and a long struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle had taken its toll on his body but not hurt his game.  One […]

Coming from my car I could see him at the practice green chipping the ball from the rough. I’d never seen my brother golf before and it was obvious he had some skills.  This wasn’t a complete surprise.  Craig was passionate about golf but after having recently spent ten days in the ICU I thought he might struggle a little. He wasn’t in the best of health. Diabetes and a long struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle had taken its toll on his body but not hurt his game.  One [...]Keep reading...

Not Yet

The weather had finally cooled off enough to wear boots and it’d been a month since my surgery.  Standing in my closet I decided it was time to give it a try so I put on a pair of jeans and slid my boots on.  For half of church we’re standing so thirty minutes sitting didn’t seem like an eternity. That was until about ten minutes into the sermon, which much to my dismay was about healing—specifically believing God has the power to heal.  Not exactly what I wanted to […]

The weather had finally cooled off enough to wear boots and it’d been a month since my surgery.  Standing in my closet I decided it was time to give it a try so I put on a pair of jeans and slid my boots on.  For half of church we’re standing so thirty minutes sitting didn’t seem like an eternity. That was until about ten minutes into the sermon, which much to my dismay was about healing—specifically believing God has the power to heal.  Not exactly what I wanted to [...]Keep reading...

Commando

I woke up with the number 8 screaming through my body. Oh man, I thought I’m not going to make it to yoga. Not when I’m an eight. So, I told myself don’t go—stay in bed and ease into the day another way. Buddy was up though and anxiously pawing at me. Let’s get the party started he insisted. Knowing he’d eventually wear me down I gingerly made my way to the kitchen. On the counter were the three pennies I’d found the day before. Three I thought—let’s make that […]

I woke up with the number 8 screaming through my body. Oh man, I thought I’m not going to make it to yoga. Not when I’m an eight. So, I told myself don’t go—stay in bed and ease into the day another way. Buddy was up though and anxiously pawing at me. Let’s get the party started he insisted. Knowing he’d eventually wear me down I gingerly made my way to the kitchen. On the counter were the three pennies I’d found the day before. Three I thought—let’s make that [...]Keep reading...

Quacked

“Hello, this is going to sound silly but I’m calling about a couple ducks with injured legs.” The young man answering the phone laughed. “This is the Department of Wildlife ma’am it doesn’t sound silly.” “Oh good, well these ducks were born in my yard and moved to the ponds behind my house. They’re eight weeks old and something’s happened to two of them. They’re struggling to keep up with the rest of their family and I’m worried.” “Can you capture them?” he asked. “Probably not.” “You can’t get close […]

“Hello, this is going to sound silly but I’m calling about a couple ducks with injured legs.” The young man answering the phone laughed. “This is the Department of Wildlife ma’am it doesn’t sound silly.” “Oh good, well these ducks were born in my yard and moved to the ponds behind my house. They’re eight weeks old and something’s happened to two of them. They’re struggling to keep up with the rest of their family and I’m worried.” “Can you capture them?” he asked. “Probably not.” “You can’t get close [...]Keep reading...

First To Fight

He had a standard issue camouflage bag.  When he hoisted it into the overhead bin you could see he was nervous.  He sat down next to me accidentally dropping his phone and tickets into my lap because his hands were full. “I’m sorry,” he said. “No worries let me take that,” I said.  “Thank you,” he said handing me his barely worn dress hat while searching for his seatbelt. When he found both straps I noticed he stared at the buckle for a minute.  His hands were shaking.  The guy […]

He had a standard issue camouflage bag.  When he hoisted it into the overhead bin you could see he was nervous.  He sat down next to me accidentally dropping his phone and tickets into my lap because his hands were full. "I'm sorry," he said. "No worries let me take that," I said.  "Thank you," he said handing me his barely worn dress hat while searching for his seatbelt. When he found both straps I noticed he stared at the buckle for a minute.  His hands were shaking.  The guy [...]Keep reading...

Fender Bended

“Um—pardon me Mom,” he said nervously.  “On the way to school something happened to the car.” This sentence, that no parent wants to hear, pulled me off the couch. “What?”  I asked trying to stay calm. “I was coming down the hill and I must have misjudged the distance because I hit the car in front of me.” “What?” I said again with as much impact as his crash.  “On the way to school?” “Come look,” he said. The calm Zen-like vibe that had surrounded my writing evaporated as my […]

“Um—pardon me Mom,” he said nervously.  “On the way to school something happened to the car.” This sentence, that no parent wants to hear, pulled me off the couch. “What?”  I asked trying to stay calm. “I was coming down the hill and I must have misjudged the distance because I hit the car in front of me.” “What?” I said again with as much impact as his crash.  “On the way to school?” “Come look,” he said. The calm Zen-like vibe that had surrounded my writing evaporated as my [...]Keep reading...

Daniel My Brother

I woke up at a loss for words.  That wouldn’t necessarily be bad as I tend to be wordy, but on a day when you’re supposed to know what to say it’s a problem.  That night at youth group I’d been asked to talk to my friend Daniel about a big change in his life.  It was time for him to graduate out of our group and into other opportunities—something I knew he wouldn’t be happy about. Like his peers he’s glad to be done with school but letting go […]

I woke up at a loss for words.  That wouldn’t necessarily be bad as I tend to be wordy, but on a day when you’re supposed to know what to say it’s a problem.  That night at youth group I’d been asked to talk to my friend Daniel about a big change in his life.  It was time for him to graduate out of our group and into other opportunities—something I knew he wouldn’t be happy about. Like his peers he's glad to be done with school but letting go [...]Keep reading...

An Awfully Big Adventure

“Wow,” I can’t believe he’s 18,” she said.  Her text message a reply to one I’d sent earlier in the day telling her about a surprise party for Chase.  Angela’s boys know him from youth group.  They’d been out of town when we were getting invitations out and I wanted to make sure they knew about it. All the middle and high school kids at church had been invited.  One of the perks of being involved as a leader is that you can influence the schedule a little.  When I’d […]

“Wow,” I can’t believe he’s 18,” she said.  Her text message a reply to one I’d sent earlier in the day telling her about a surprise party for Chase.  Angela’s boys know him from youth group.  They’d been out of town when we were getting invitations out and I wanted to make sure they knew about it. All the middle and high school kids at church had been invited.  One of the perks of being involved as a leader is that you can influence the schedule a little.  When I’d [...]Keep reading...
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