Coronavirus, the experience, went as smoothly as it possibly could for me. I went through the fear and planning about three weeks before COVID-19 was on the public radar, and had fully implemented shelter-in-place for myself when the official announcement rolled around. I’m very grateful for this lead time, which has allowed me to feel … Continue reading What will live on.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about love this year. I've read books, talked to people, and thought about it. A colleague calls it my love quest. What is love? My professor advises us to approach a novel problem by first thinking about it. Once you have a potential answer, go to the … Continue reading love quest
This is the last post in a series about family. As a preamble to this post, I want to make it clear that I look at all of my posts as a mere snapshot in time. The words I write today are a reflection of the things I think, feel, believe, and understand today. I … Continue reading Christian family.
This is the fourth blog post in a series about family. This post is about my relationship with my daughter. As a new mom, I quickly learned to let go of any preconceived notion I had of the "right" way to parent. I ultimately learned that to parent Hannah well, I have to get to … Continue reading mother & daughter
I recently watched this video of Marcio Donaldson's performance on American Idol. His backstory transported me back to my own story of how a baby transformed my world. Like Donaldson, my mother did the best she could but ultimately my siblings and I ended up in the system. I was 11 and my sister was … Continue reading A better Life.
Love. It is a a word that is going to take over our world today. Sentiments of love will fill the air and #love will liter our social media feeds. Love is a topic I feel woefully inadequate to contemplate let alone write about. When I was 15 my foster mother asked me if I … Continue reading Love is.
"Mommy come here!" my daughter called from the bedroom. "What is it sweetheart?" "Mommy look, I have a big bruise here and it hurts. What can I do to make it better?" I looked and sure enough Hannah had a big bruise just below her knee. "Honey, there's nothing you can do for a bruise. … Continue reading pain and healing
A man I know from church recently lost his father. I don't know this man well and I never met his father. We are friends on Facebook though and so, as things go with social media, I've learned something about his life that is more intimate than our friendship would dictate is appropriate. His father … Continue reading Dads