Do You Like to Wait?

Do you like to wait? What goes through your mind when you pick the grocery line that appears the shortest then watch ten other people speed past you in the other lanes? How about when you find yourself on the only traffic-jammed road? While nature is calling? Yes, I am a knuckle-gripping, teeth-grinding waiter. Sure, Continue »

Father Love

Sweet memories tumble through my head and slowly spill out of my eyes as salty tears. It was supposed to be just another one of my daily walks through the nearby lush green park, but it ended up being a walk down memory lane. I saw her running through the playground, her dark hair that Continue »

Always a Mom

Summer is forest fire season in Arizona, and right now the fires are raging in full force. They’re front-page copy in many newspapers and first lead reports on hourly newscasts as we watch the drama of evacuations, lost homes, and grueling firefighting. What used to be a bystander’s curiosity has now turned into a personal Continue »

Pick a Positive Path

Yesterday I was at a friend’s house chatting while our kids played upstairs. As usual, after only a few minutes, rumblings of discontent reverberated down the stairs. I was tired, so I let my frustration with my daughter’s attitude show. Our children were far out of earshot when I voiced my irritation to my friend, but Continue »

Graduation Thoughts for All of Us

Do you have a graduate in your family? If not, I imagine you have received an announcement or two in the mail from someone who is marking this transition in life. May and June are booked annually with academic graduations of all kinds. From the newly-popular kindergarten graduations to the traditional ceremonies marking the end of high school, college, Continue »

Phases of the Empty Nest

My friend Julia and I met for coffee to catch up on each other’s lives. We’re both Empty Nesters. My five kids are all married, and I have nineteen grandchildren. Julia has two kids, one in college and one just out — adjusting to real life! As a single parent, Julia has raised her kids Continue »

When Mother’s Day Hurts

“Oh, no — May is here,” the woman muttered as she stared at her calendar. “That means Mother’s Day is coming.” She sighed. “It’s the worst day of the year for me.” She shared that her daughter had been tragically killed in an auto accident many years prior. Although she has a son, Mother’s Day Continue »