Preparing for What’s Next

One of the great fallacies of life is that your current season will never change. It seems you will never. . . Graduate high school. Graduate college and find a job. Make enough money to buy a house. We are tempted to wish away the kids’ infancy with thoughts of […]

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Every Day Counts

  I just finished a nine-day round of the flu/lower respiratory tract infection. Over the last nine days I watched a lot of TV—good and fun stuff—the news, HGTV, The Food Network, and the Cooking Channel with a little Rachael Ray and Dr. Oz thrown in for balance. And oh, […]

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Just In Time for the Holidays–Another Way to be a Soft Place to Land

Last week I talked about being a soft place for my kids to land by being an encourager instead of a fixer. Over the weekend another aspect of being a soft place to land came to my mind. With the holidays fast approaching, our college and adult kids will be […]

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Am I a Soft Place to Land?

The other day I found myself saying to one of our girls, “I want to be a soft place for you kids to land.” My words have haunted me since. What did I mean by “a soft place to land”? Was I a soft place to land? I wanted to […]

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Ask One More Question

Today I had a short date with my dear friend. (You’ll remember from a previous blog that we get together every so often and meet for just one sharing-packed hour.) As we stood and chatted while she perked our coffee, I quietly worried that we wouldn’t have enough time for […]

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Come on Over!

The theme that ran throughout my day today was hospitality—what it is and what it needn’t be. I started the morning with one of my sweet mentees coming to my house for our monthly get together. I did not clean because that is against my doctor’s orders. I picked up […]

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Every Day Matters

My past twelve days have been fairly uneventful. As many of you know I am recuperating from foot surgery. Doctor’s orders are to stay down as much as possible to heal as quickly as possible. I am being a good patient thanks to Gene and the girls. While I am […]

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The Unspoken Obstacle to Friendship We All Deal With

At first I thought it was just me. But then I saw two videos about it on social media. If something makes it to becoming a video on social media then it’s a real issue, right?! The thing I thought was just me is awkwardness in making new friends. With […]

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Changing My Focus for the Next Half of My Life

Tonight at supper I had an epiphany. You might think I’ve said this before and maybe I have. But tonight it came to me in a fresh way that helped me process more clearly. The thought came to me of things I am done with. I thought, “Here I am […]

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If You’re About to Send a Kid to College. . .

I chatted with a mom today who will be taking her youngest to college in about a week. The daughter is a junior so this mom knows all too well how quiet the house will be in a couple of weeks. She already anticipates her empty bedroom and one less […]

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