Prepare for Storms

    Spring in Texas makes me think about tornadoes. Maybe it’s because we came face to face with a tornado on May 27, 1997 as we drove down I-35 bound for south Austin. Imagine how it feels to look out your car window and see a big, picture perfect funnel only a couple miles …

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What a Wonderful World: the Song of Sunday’s Win

The beautiful swell of violins envelopes the Italian restaurant, and the raspy, familiar voice croons the words that make the whole world smile:   I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world.   Across the table, Kristen listens …

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Don’t Lose Hope: A Letter to Special Needs Parents

Dear Special Needs Parent, This unexpected life is weird, wonderful, wild and ugly, isn't it? I think we, of all people, are the ones who can rightly say, "It's complicated." Hang in there. You are brave, even when you don't feel brave. The best advice ever given me is what I offer you: Don't ever …

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A Perfectionist’s Christmas: Jesus, Not the Hoopla

No Christmas will ever live up to the hype. I don't know about you, friend, but all the commercials, Pinterest posts, magazine covers can make me feel my Christmas doesn't live up to expectations. My tree isn't perfectly trimmed, even though it holds ornaments that are cherished and important to my family. My house looks …

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Do I Speak Stress or Jesus?

  “You jerk!”   When Kristen yelled those words at her dad, he and I both gasped. Rick looked at me, wide-eyed, as if to say, Where did that come from? Heat crept up my neck. My face burned.   I knew exactly where that came from. Me.   Jerk.   It was my word. …

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A Few Lines in a Journal

The times, they are stressful.   Last week, my husband was out of town. Not a big deal, except that Kristen had constant pain from her dental visit. This worried me because she held her jaw, acted extremely grumpy (code for she screamed and yelled), and told me she felt fine (code for it really …

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A Loving Legacy

We had a party at my house recently. It marked a very significant birthday for my wonderful mom. My brother and I honored her by gathering all the family to celebrate.   And when I say all the family, I’m talking close to 50 people. They came from many miles away, traveling hours in order to …

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