I’m Well, Thank You!

I dragged myself to church Sunday morning like a bag lady pulling a wagon of worry. It had taken me a long time to get going when I woke up. I was stiff and sore after a bad fall skiing the day before. Moving like lava wasn’t the pace I’d wanted on a day when I needed a jump start. I was cold and discovered the brand new furnace wasn’t working. A hot shower for your aching body is only a temporary comfort when you can’t get your house warm.

I dragged myself to church Sunday morning like a bag lady pulling a wagon of worry. It had taken me a long time to get going when I woke up. I was stiff and sore after a bad fall skiing the day before. Moving like lava wasn’t the pace I’d wanted on a day when I needed a jump start. I was cold and discovered the brand new furnace wasn’t working. A hot shower for your aching body is only a temporary comfort when you can’t get your house warm.Keep reading...

Kudos Mr. & Mrs. Tebow

Friday one of my blog readers issued a challenge to me to write about Tebowmania.  It came right before helping Luke get out the door for a tournament he was competing in out of town.  With his bags packed I got teary eyed at how grown up he’s become.  I remember when he was as tall as his racket bag and now he travels easily with two.  As he turned back to say, “Love you Mom,” I responded with my usual, “Love you too Bud,” but added, “Remember you can

Friday one of my blog readers issued a challenge to me to write about Tebowmania.  It came right before helping Luke get out the door for a tournament he was competing in out of town.  With his bags packed I got teary eyed at how grown up he’s become.  I remember when he was as tall as his racket bag and now he travels easily with two.  As he turned back to say, “Love you Mom,” I responded with my usual, “Love you too Bud,” but added, “Remember you canKeep reading...

Really?

I’m calling it my gingerbread penny because while reaching across the counter to pay for my latte at Starbucks I spotted it in a basket of gingerbread macadamia nut biscotti.  Yum! I was actually doing my best to ignore the basket because Christmas plus coffee equals craving for something sweet and I love this annual treat the mermaid emblazoned elves roll out.  Where I have a great deal of will power when it comes to other treats a late afternoon stop under the green siren of sea sign means I’m

I’m calling it my gingerbread penny because while reaching across the counter to pay for my latte at Starbucks I spotted it in a basket of gingerbread macadamia nut biscotti.  Yum! I was actually doing my best to ignore the basket because Christmas plus coffee equals craving for something sweet and I love this annual treat the mermaid emblazoned elves roll out.  Where I have a great deal of will power when it comes to other treats a late afternoon stop under the green siren of sea sign means I’mKeep reading...

Win While You Play

It was the first morning of the 5A State Championships and I was getting the Starbuck’s I’d need. With all my Team Mom duties taken care of I had only a few minutes to myself before play would begin. Standing in the line to order my first thought was to thank God for all that had gone well so far. It’s a short but intense season when high school tennis starts so by the time you get to State you’re simultaneously thrilled and exhausted. After offering my praises for all

It was the first morning of the 5A State Championships and I was getting the Starbuck’s I’d need. With all my Team Mom duties taken care of I had only a few minutes to myself before play would begin. Standing in the line to order my first thought was to thank God for all that had gone well so far. It’s a short but intense season when high school tennis starts so by the time you get to State you’re simultaneously thrilled and exhausted. After offering my praises for allKeep reading...

MRI’d

It would be nice to have a glamorous explanation for my knee problem. When the doctor looked at the x-ray and asked me how I’d injured it I didn’t have an answer. “You’ve hurt your knee do you remember when? Nothing comes to mind other than maybe cheerleading,” I said wincing. The pain from all his poking and prodding was beginning to overshadow my bruised ego. Jumping off the top of a human pyramid under the goal post now felt like a stupid way to climb the social ladder in

It would be nice to have a glamorous explanation for my knee problem. When the doctor looked at the x-ray and asked me how I’d injured it I didn’t have an answer. “You’ve hurt your knee do you remember when? Nothing comes to mind other than maybe cheerleading,” I said wincing. The pain from all his poking and prodding was beginning to overshadow my bruised ego. Jumping off the top of a human pyramid under the goal post now felt like a stupid way to climb the social ladder inKeep reading...

Leaving the Nest

Sometimes when I find a penny I feel like it’s for someone else not me.  Twice this week that was the case and with each one I wanted to give it to the other mother involved rather than keep it.  It’s back-to-school season and what I know from experience is that the sight of school supplies and backpacks can be bittersweet for moms.  On one end of the spectrum you have nervous moms sending their little ones off to kindergarten and on the other moms waking up to an empty

Sometimes when I find a penny I feel like it’s for someone else not me.  Twice this week that was the case and with each one I wanted to give it to the other mother involved rather than keep it.  It’s back-to-school season and what I know from experience is that the sight of school supplies and backpacks can be bittersweet for moms.  On one end of the spectrum you have nervous moms sending their little ones off to kindergarten and on the other moms waking up to an emptyKeep reading...

Read the Manual!

Often my most memorable penny finds for the week serve as punctuation marks in a conversation I’m having with myself, someone else, or God.  They’re the period at the end of a sentence, the dot below a question mark, or my favorite – the dot below a dash that makes an exclamation point!  That was the case with my most notable find last week. I left the house early Friday morning to take my car into the dealer.  I hadn’t had any coffee because I’d offered to buy Starbucks for

Often my most memorable penny finds for the week serve as punctuation marks in a conversation I’m having with myself, someone else, or God.  They’re the period at the end of a sentence, the dot below a question mark, or my favorite - the dot below a dash that makes an exclamation point!  That was the case with my most notable find last week. I left the house early Friday morning to take my car into the dealer.  I hadn’t had any coffee because I’d offered to buy Starbucks forKeep reading...

Bulletproof

My most interesting penny find this week came on a prayer walk I went on after reading the news about a fatal shooting here in town two days before.  I’d inadvertently driven by the scene of the crime while the police were investigating so I was curious about what had happened.  The yellow tape, flashing lights, and startled bystanders was a bit frightening but I’d assumed it was a robbery not a homicide.  I was wrong.  When I left the house to walk I was sorry I’d read the story. 

My most interesting penny find this week came on a prayer walk I went on after reading the news about a fatal shooting here in town two days before.  I’d inadvertently driven by the scene of the crime while the police were investigating so I was curious about what had happened.  The yellow tape, flashing lights, and startled bystanders was a bit frightening but I’d assumed it was a robbery not a homicide.  I was wrong.  When I left the house to walk I was sorry I’d read the story. Keep reading...

Trust Me – The Whole Penny Story

Pennies found on a prayer walk are always my favorite for sentimental reasons because it was on my daily outing five years ago that the penny finding started – a penny, or more, a day for five years now.  It’s wild the way pennies come to me and if you’re someone who has hung out with me for any length of time you know this to be true. If you’ve ever been on my prayer walk with me you also know how tightly I hold on to those pennies. My

Pennies found on a prayer walk are always my favorite for sentimental reasons because it was on my daily outing five years ago that the penny finding started - a penny, or more, a day for five years now.  It’s wild the way pennies come to me and if you’re someone who has hung out with me for any length of time you know this to be true. If you’ve ever been on my prayer walk with me you also know how tightly I hold on to those pennies. MyKeep reading...

A Fungus Among Us?

Martha Stewart said that gardening is a humbling experience and I’ve come to learn she’s right.  I would add writing to that statement as well.  With 116 titles to her credit Martha probably knows this too.  I started gardening and writing at the same time four years ago and I’m still a novice at both.  Fruit has come but it has truly been an exercise in humility.  I don’t know where to put a comma anymore than I know the best way to stake a tomato plant.  I still want

Martha Stewart said that gardening is a humbling experience and I’ve come to learn she’s right.  I would add writing to that statement as well.  With 116 titles to her credit Martha probably knows this too.  I started gardening and writing at the same time four years ago and I’m still a novice at both.  Fruit has come but it has truly been an exercise in humility.  I don’t know where to put a comma anymore than I know the best way to stake a tomato plant.  I still wantKeep reading...