Jordyn isn’t old enough for the COVID vaccine. So we mask up for school and church. We RSVP “no” to large gatherings. We don’t eat in restaurants. We keep activities outdoors. But with the places we do spend time indoors having policies of “masks encouraged, not mandatory” and the delta variant spreading like wildfire in … Continue reading Hear my heart…
Your 11th birthday comes just after your official induction into the middle school world. It's all happening so very quickly. With you, the youngest in our family of five, I have made a point to pay close attention, to savor, to take in every second that I can, to try to remember it all. Still, … Continue reading Jordyn’s 11th Birthday Letter
Today I am angry. I am angry because on this day my dad would be turning 60...but he's not turning 60 because he's not here. Age 60 feels like a big deal so it bothers me a lot more than previous years. And I don't really buy into finding comfort from believing people in heaven … Continue reading He will never be 60.
Dear Layla, The afternoon we brought you home to stay, I sat in the living room of the two-bedroom apartment we were living in at the time and I held you close. You were sleeping, but I was dreaming. I dreamed of what your voice would sound like when it began to form words. I … Continue reading Layla’s 13th Birthday Letter
When you are a man, with a family of your own, and a life that doesn't daily intersect with mine the way it does now, this is what I want to remember- In 2020, a year where it feels like the world is on fire, you have kept your cool. You, at the age of … Continue reading Bryson’s 12th Birthday Letter
Jordyn, Who would have thought you'd hit double-digits during a global pandemic? There's this saying, "If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans." It's so true. So much of this life has gone differently than I planned. But you, my dear, were one of the best surprises. I love that I get … Continue reading Jordyn’s 10th Birthday Letter
When my Dad was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, writing was my sanity. My journey was so heavily marked by his and the only thing I knew to do about that was to write it all down. 'For Pete's Sake' is a compilation of those writings. Indirectly telling the story of my father's diagnosis, progression, … Continue reading For Pete’s Sake
Dear Layla, Full transparency, your 12th birthday letter is hard to write. I want the letters I write for you to be honest and sincere. I want to give an honest picture of where you're at in your life, of where our family is, of where our world is. I want our relationship … Continue reading Layla’s 12th Birthday Letter
[A Safe Families for Children Write-Up] My husband and I began hosting with Safe Families for Children in 2013. Six years of hosting means we've had a variety of little ones come and go. Some hosting needs were easy to say yes to. But in full transparency, some were harder. We are, in … Continue reading Sharing a Home for the Holidays
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