Friday, April 1, 2016

I'm Moving

I want to start with THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who welcomed me with open arms into the blogging world way back in January of 2009. The encouragement I received has helped me grow in so many ways!

That said, the word I chose for this year was LEAP. I chose it for a couple of reasons. One, it’s a leap year. Two, I’m going to try and “leap” more. One of those leaps for me – is moving from Blogger to my very own website.

People ask me why and I’m not sure I have an exact answer. Other than, it just seems like the time is right.

SO, this is to announce that from here on out – I will be on my website instead of here. I hope that you will come visit me at my new home –

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

No Longer a Cliche

A week ago my awareness of an evil in this land moved to a new level. The evil is child abuse, and my great-niece fell victim to it. My niece's fiancee is the accused, he was taking care her daughter while my niece was at work. An "accident" happened and he took her to the hospital. There she was air-lifted to a children's hospital and hospital workers quickly concluded that the injuries did not add up. She turned four years old in the hospital. Two days later he was arrested and is now in jail.

My great-niece was in critical condition for a week, in a coma, partially paralyzed, and honestly I doubted she would make it. Through the power of social media, hundreds of people heard the story and have prayed for her. Now she has started responding, but without more divine miracles, she will have special needs, including a permanent tracheotomy because of damage to her airway which prevents her from breathing in enough oxygen.

It all sounds rather cliche to those 'outside'. It's the mother's boyfriend. She's a single mom, etc. It's like one of those stories you hear on the news (far too often) that happens somewhere else, or on an episode of Law and Order SVU. Both are absorbed for the moment and then quickly replaced by the next news story or the newest episode of Criminal Minds. I am very guilty of reading or watching out of curiosity and then moving on.

I have, of course, always opposed child abuse. But somehow when it touches someone in your own world - it takes on a new reality. Child abuse will never again be just a 'tsk tsk' response. There is nothing cliche about this tragedy.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Four Weeks Until

The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and the promise of spring is in the air.

Easter is four weeks away. My childhood memories include new clothes (head to toe), dying hard-boiled eggs that only my father would eat, and going to church with an anticipation that this was indeed a high holy day, that outshone all the other Sundays in the year.

Now I am an adult, with grown children who don't ask for new outfits (okay, let's be honest- my boys never cared about a new Easter outfit), don't dye eggs, and two of the three won't be home to go to church with us.

I'll go to church with the anticipation of a pleasantly full sanctuary, a filled parking lot, and a family meal afterwards. I do view it as a high holy day, a day set aside to remember the ultimate sacrifice and gift of Christ's death and His resurrection. But I don't view it as outshining all the other Sundays in the year. Every Sunday is a day set aside to remember Christ's life, sacrifice, and triumph over death. Every Sunday is the opportunity to come together with others who believe as I do. Every Sunday is the opportunity to get over myself and focus on the gift of life that Christ gives me. Every Sunday is a high holy day.
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