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In Others’ Words: Work Hard, Play Hard

It’s been a “work hard” kind of summer. And then a couple of weeks ago, my husband, youngest daughter, and I took a few days away and ran off to San Diego for a few days. To relax. Catch our breath. And that’s where I took the photo of the tree I used in today’s blog post. Well, the actual photo looked more like this: When I first saw the tree across from our hotel, I... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Beauty of a Broken Heart

In Others’ Words: The Beauty of a Broken Heart

When I was younger, I thought there was only one way my heart could be broken. I blame my limited thinking on all the Harlequin romances I read as a teenager — and back then, Harlequins were quite innocent. Years later, I know a person’s heart can be broken for many different reasons: the end of a relationship — think of a romance or a treasured friendship or a family relationshi... Read More »

In Others’ Words: All is Calm

In Others’ Words: All is Calm

As I look into to the coming week, I’m anticipating my son’s arrival home … and my youngest daughter’s 16th birthday on Christmas Eve … and yes, Christmas Day! In an effort to embrace those three little words “All is calm,” I’m taking a break from social media, including my blog, until after the New Year. I’ll see you back here on Tuesday, Janu... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Glorious Mess of Christmas

In Others’ Words: The Glorious Mess of Christmas

  This quote makes me smile. The words takes me back to my childhood … and to the years when my children were younger. And to be honest, there are still messes created in our family living room on Christmas morning. And I love the glorious mess. Yes, there’s noise — laughter and conversation all mixed together. And the room is crowded with family members, including my husban... Read More »

In Others’ Words: You, Yourself, and the World

In Others’ Words: You, Yourself, and the World

My daughter CJ has been part of her high school Varsity volleyball team for the past few months. This weekend, my husband and I will be in Denver cheering them on as they compete for the 3A State title. Here’s one thing I’ve learned about the team: Each member knows their place on the team — what their job is, so to speak, as an offensive or defensive player. Cassie D., the sette... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Teams and the Power of Game Changers

In Others’ Words: Teams and the Power of Game Changers

Yes, I love football. And yes, I am a Denver Bronco fan — and a Peyton Manning fan too. And, in an exercise of full disclosure, I am also thrilled that Tim Tebow is getting another shot at the NFL. But despite the beginning of this blog, today is not about football. Nope. Today’s post is about teams and about being a game changer. Teams happen all sorts of places besides sports fields.... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Ya Gotta Believe

In Others’ Words: Ya Gotta Believe

I had a lot to learn when I became a mom. One way I learned was by watching other moms — seeing what they did, seeing if it worked for them, trying to figure out if it would work for me. Another way I learned was by reading books — lots and lots of books. I underlined, wrote do’s and don’ts in notebooks, and compared those notes with other moms. I asked advice from older, w... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Broken Legacy

In Others’ Words: Broken Legacy

I used to handle difficulties this way: I’d lay awake at night and think Just give me a minute. I’ll figure this out.  I wasn’t praying — I was plotting. I wasn’t asking God for help because I was going to fix whatever was broken — a plan, a relationship, a dream — all by myself. I’m older now and yes, I’m wiser — wise enough to know that... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Parade Elephants

In Others’ Words: Parade Elephants

I’m staying with the circus theme this week. It’s funny how something someone says to you stays with you. It can seem the most innocuous statement, and yet you never forget it. Back when we were a military family, my husband and I and our first three kiddos were stationed in Turkey. I always joke that the option of living in Turkey must have been in the small print of my husband’... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What Did You Expect?

In Others’ Words: What Did You Expect?

I’ve sat here for quite a little while trying to figure out how to begin this post. All I have to do is share about being surprised by the unexpected in my life. Yeah. Let me narrow that down to one thing for you. Um. not going to happen. Every time I thought I knew where my life was going, every time I had a plan … somehow, someway, I ended up shaking my head and saying, “How di... Read More »

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