Forgiveness Blooms

My four year old son, Desmond, told me that he would say the prayer for our lunch. He said he was “going to do the one we do at church with fire”. I raised my eyebrows and then bowed my head with him.  He started into the Lord’s Prayer with child-like accuracy and then came…

Miracle Zip at the Chef’s Table

I was a little kid once…my parents would motivate me to eat by letting me know that I won’t grow unless I eat. Despite the assumed correlation between eating and growing, I haven’t grown an inch taller since I was 12. My mom thinks it might have something to do with my experiment with vegetarianism…I think it mostly…

A Day Late, A Dollar Short

At noon today I pulled up into the drive-thru of one of my favorite lunch locations. I ordered something a little different because I noticed that according to the sign that it would be on special. I rolled forward and pulled out my wallet to pay. My stomach sank as I saw that I had left…

Lenten Acts

A year ago I googled Lent because I really had no idea what it was. I knew about fasting, I knew that this was the time of year when the double filet-o-fish could be found…I had an idea that I could “give something up” for Lent. I just had no idea what “Lent” was about…

Blessings for a New Year

              I am blessed to have a job that allows me to meet wonderful people. Many days I get to learn someone’s story and lend my assistance in their journey. One year ago I was working with a homeless man who had recently transferred from a mission in the city…

Hope in a Christmas Jar

              I love my children. All day at work I look forward to seeing them. Even if it is a day that I won’t get to see them…I’m still thinking about the smell of their hair and the twinkle in their eyes. I love to listen to them talk…

Fast Flashback: A Social Media Detox in Retrospect

                No Facebook November is long over. December 1st arrived and I welcomed social media back with a wink and a shudder… The fast was not as difficult as I thought it would be…don’t get me wrong, my November was filled with plenty of #thestruggleisreal moments. I promised…

Wake Up!

It’s a little past 3 a.m. and I can’t sleep and I can’t stop thinking about something my 3 year old, Desmond, said at bedtime. In an attempt to settle my thoughts, I will tap this blog out on my cell phone in a quiet living room, in a warm and safe home, on a…

A Different December: Giving Tuesday

Yesterday, I listened to a friend express her frustration with the commercialization of Christmas. After years of keeping up with the gift giving flurry she decided to make 2014 the year that Christmas did not drive the family further into debt. After detailing how she had frugally transformed Christmas gifting this year, she went on…

No Facebook November

No Facebook November–this is a thing now, I’m doing this. Actually, I’m having some heart palpitations at this moment, but I think that could also be attributed to the 3.5 cups of coffee I have managed to consume today. I am going to eliminate all social media activity for the month of November 2014. This…