eating

Here I am happily walking back from our neighborhood donut store. First of all, I feel quite privileged to live within walking distance of a donut store. And not only that, it’s actually the best donut store [yes, that’s my opinion, but I consider myself an expert, thank you] in my city.  I would throw … More eating

going on 17

Happy Birthday Allie! You mentioned it when you visited Austria. Sixteen going on seventeen. Remember when we listened to The Sound of Music soundtrack all the time? I haven’t seen that cd in forever. I doubt Jamie took it to college…..maybe, though…… It’s hard being away from you on your birthday. Only weeks to go now, … More going on 17

missing

If you’re a regular follower, you know my daughter Allie is spending her junior year of high school in the Czech Republic. She’s a foreign exchange student, sponsored by the Rotary Club. She’ll be returning in a few months. Please indulge me in a shared letter to her, if you don’t mind. I sometimes find … More missing

girls

Remind me again. Why I’m here. What I love. What my heart yearns for. I forgot. Or thought it was gone. Until last week. It hit me while standing in my bathroom. Those girls. Those girls coming over Saturday. They aren’t any different. No different really than my girl. My daughter. What do I want … More girls

mother to daughter

I wrote the following as a Mother’s Day gift to my own mother:   Mother to daughter. Lessons taught. Words of wisdom – life is what you make it. I thought I was past the lessons.  Old enough.  Steady. Then one day, no. What I thought, wasn’t. I needed friends, and thankfully they were there.  … More mother to daughter

to Jabez and beyond

Our daughter is in Jabez this weekend.  Jabez, Kentucky, that is.  Apparently Jabez is the first stop on her trip abroad. Allie plans to be a foreign exchange student next school year.  We have completed and turned in her application.  She has ranked the countries she’d like to live in 1-10.  Plus, she’s noted the … More to Jabez and beyond

encouragement

My daughter, at fifteen, is old enough to determine whether she takes a compliment to heart.  For example, if I tell her she looks nice she may or may not truly believe it.  She has her own standard and measurement of whether she looks good or not.  Another example.  She is on her school soccer … More encouragement