I circled the word Change on my bulletin today.  I put it there.  I was writing words as fast as I could to keep up with the spoken words flying from the pulpit.  It was not because Pastor Don was talking fast, because he wasn’t.  He was purposeful and almost slow in his speech.  You could hear … Continue reading Change


I’ve been reading a lot about gratitude lately.  Whether it is from a post from Ann Voskamp’s blog, A Holy Experience or a colleague who sends me an idea for my students to write about what they are thankful for, or reading from scripture that reminds me to “give thanks always”.  Gratitude  helps us count … Continue reading Gratitude

A Word

She comes down the stairs and I hear her slippers shuffling across the wood floor in the hall and kitchen.  I am writing at the table in the dining room.  I’m writing about being an adoptee.  It is heart-hard writing so I appreciate her interruption.  She looks tired, our beautiful “daughter” from Hong Kong.  She looks … Continue reading A Word

Graduation 2014

Thursday-Family and friends fill a standing room only,excitement filled gymnasium. It is a celebration of academic achievements. Pins, cords and plaques leave the stage in hundreds of capable hands in recognition of a year’s or maybe years’ worth of grueling hard work. Others with empty hands, have fought equally hard to cross the finish line. … Continue reading Graduation 2014