Two Good Guys

November 2013 It was snowing, as I got out of my car, at the cemetery. I wasn’t dressed warmly enough. I saw Betsy and Ray in the distance, two familiar faces from our college church community, and made my way towards them ....more

She Likes It! Hey, Molly…

This morning I woke up and, while still a bit drowsy, was checking notifications on my phone. One of the first to catch my attention was that “Molly Marie” had liked this picture I’d posted yesterday of Sean and Abby together after arts camp. Still groggy, I was confused and at the same time loved the idea that their sister, Molly Marie, in Heaven somehow had managed to let us know she likes the pic ....more

Making Room

Yesterday I was determined to “catch up” on putting away my laundry (i.e. attack the pile of clean clothes that had accumulated on the floor on my side of our bedroom). I was off to a good start and had gotten about 2/3 of it in their places when I noticed 2 things: #1 – I was running out of places to put stuff, because my closet and dresser drawers were overcrowded. #2 – I was also almost out of hangers ....more

A Closer Look

20 years ago, during the spring semester of my sophomore year of college at the University of Illinois, this is what my dresser looked liked in the room I shared with two friends, living in our Alpha Phi Sorority house. You can see that I like pictures, trinkets, and mementos. I am a very sentimental person ....more

Actions Speak Louder

It’s not enough. Listening is good. Empathy is admirable ....more

What’s Your Alibi?

Where were you on Wednesday, January 13, 1999? Seriously. Do you remember? ...more

What Do You Hear?

I was just telling Abby about the voices I hear in my head… Example #1: When I forget to say, “please,” I hear my mom in my head saying, “Say, please, mom.” Example #2: When I say “good,” instead of “well,” when I should have, I hear my dad saying, “Or even, well…” Do you ever hear voices like that?! I am participating in my friend...more

Gatekeeping (12th Edition)

How are you feeling? What are your plans for tomorrow? Welcome to the twelfth edition of my “Gatekeeping” blog series....more

NIAW: You Are Not Alone Dealing with Secondary Infertility

As I sit and type this post, our 11-year-old son is doing one of his after school chores, unloading and loading the dishwasher, and our 5-year-old daughter is playing quietly in her room. Really? Seriously?! ...more