30. contrite hearts31. the prodigal's father32. grace bigger than me33. hands that hold the world and mine34. angry words unspoken and heart that looks up35. smiles smiled36. beloved children home safe from summer adventures37. adventures to come38. friends to share them with39. perspective - a...

"O Triune God, who commandeth the universe, thou hast commanded me to ask for those things that concern thy kingdom and my soul." ~The Trinity from Valley of VisionI've heard all my life that God is not a genie to grant my three wishes or...

This beautiful tender ache. My soul hurts and flourishes in the being of this place and all its mortals. My friends, my sisters, mothers, brothers, fathers, and all of these. The sin-sick abides with the God image. One moment brilliant with reflection. The next blackened...

The day awaits (and has been for some time). Like the impatient taskmaster it is, my planner sits open, toe-tapping, incessantly nagging me to attend to all its demands. Demands that reflect a confused mix of my own ambition, duty, desire, diligence. And fear. Written...

18. workday calls home from my love just to check in19. children who value their parents' wisdom20. realizing there's so much to learn from my children21. naps22. fresh cherry cobbler23. BIG breakfasts22. more books than time23. daisies24. grace and forgiveness that strengthens and beautifies relationships25....

Twenty years old. Two weddings in a week. Faithful friend and cousin, honored to stand as witness to a monumental rite of passage into manhood. My son.Even as the grooms say "I do", my heart swells with the notion that his turn will arrive...

"Mom, you want this? You can have it!" He holds up a fluffy, blue bunch. Anything but appetizing. I hesitate. "Really, Mom, I don't mind." Sugary, sticky, half-eaten yuck. But I see the look on Sammy's face. He holds a treasure. A valuable offering of...