A Story Worth Telling

A story worth telling

A lot has happened since my last blog post and I figured it was about time I put it into writing.  I have a feeling that the story I am about to tell is going to be one of my favorites.  Actually, I’m sure of it.  I am telling this story for me, for you, but most of all, for my son.  I don’t ever want to forget the details because, after all, they are what make the story. Continue reading

Dream Chaser


For as long as I can remember, I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I had a brief stint where my aspirations included being a professional cheerleader, a waitress and a flight attendant.  All of those phases passed quickly.  As I prepared to enter college I realized that not knowing what I wanted to do was a bit of a problem.  I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer in the Army and joined ROTC.  About halfway through my freshman year of college, that phase passed, too.  It may or may not have been directly related to the revelation that military officers can’t date enlisted soldiers.  I mean where’s the fun in that?  (Kidding. Kidding.)  Continue reading

Joy Bringer


As I continue my quest to find joy among the chaos, I realize that sometimes finding that joy is difficult.  When you’re forced out of your home due to a fire.  When you get a not-so-great report from the doctor.  When your business isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like.  When your child  waits for you halfway across the world.  When the streets are filled with litter.  When someone else ate the last cookie.  I mean it’s *hard* to find joy in those circumstances, right? Continue reading

Finding Hope


This week I saw something that I wasn’t sure I would ever see again.  It was something that filled me with a renewed sense of hope and reminded me that the seemingly impossible is possible.  I saw Americans cross party lines and stand united.  For the sake of full disclosure I must confess that this unity occurred over shared opinions about Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement but still!  Unity!  In America! Continue reading

Hi, I’m New


Have you ever wished that you could be a turtle?  I know.  It’s not a typical choice.  Most people would want to be something way cooler, like one of the big cats, but hear me out.  A turtle can go back in its shell when its scared or just cannot deal for one more second.  Granted there is the whole moving slower than molasses in January thing and the danger of being hit by a car.  So maybe a turtle isn’t the best choice. Continue reading

Loving Lately: January Edition


If you and I were to sit across from each other with a cup of a coffee, I would want to hear about all of the things that are filling you with joy lately.  It seems like everyone is so quick to talk about what angers us, yet we don’t hear much about what is making people happy.  Surely we all have something to be grateful for, right?  I really hate to think that everyone is out there living their life in a state of constant anger. Continue reading

More or Less


I find that a lot of people have very strong feelings about the year 2016.  Or perhaps the voices on social media are louder than they have been in the past.  Regardless, people either loved or hated 2016.  It treated them well or it knocked them down, repeatedly.  I have never been one to buy into the hype of a new year.  It is just another day and it is quite likely that January 1st will look an awful lot like December 31st, barring any big resolutions that cause you to grab life by the horns, at least temporarily. Continue reading


Walk on the wild side

We are a family with wild ideas (or perhaps I’m the one with the wild ideas and the rest of the crew just goes along with it.  No need to split hairs.).  One of these ideas is to see all 50 states with our kids before they graduate high school.  I would like to tell you that this idea came solely out of our desire to show our kids the United States and let them experience all this country has to offer.  That certainly is part of it but then there’s also the fact that we really want to see all 50 states, too! Continue reading