Recovery

I'm in recovery mode. Recovering from international travel. While I didn't suffer from jet lag, there is a return to "normal life" transition that has to take place as the gears get switched. From traveling daily with a large group of people, eating on a different schedule with different ingredients, and long days on a … Continue reading Recovery

Day 10 -Israel 2018

Bittersweet freedom! Today we woke up without a schedule for the first time since we left home. A much needed break from the routine of hurrying through breakfast to get on the bus. Bittersweet as we lose our daily dose of Yonatan's teaching and the fellowship we've shared with the group. At breakfast today we … Continue reading Day 10 -Israel 2018

Day 8 – Israel 2018

O Little Town if Bethlehem How still we see thee lie.. Today was very interesting, humbling, educational and enlightening. Our world view is so easily shaped by the news, politicians, the internet, and prejudice. Today at least we can say that 35 Americans along with their brilliant and fearless Jewish guide were able to have … Continue reading Day 8 – Israel 2018

And then what happened?

Normal returns A solid week of grieving Clinging to ideal memories Visualizing complete and perfect healing Sharing words of comfort, wisdom, hopes, and fears Laughing and crying til there are no more tears A shiny pink casket A brilliant sunny day highlighted in gold, red, and orange Autumn leaves A song, a speech, a memory … Continue reading And then what happened?

Lists

Where do you begin? Where does it all end? What does it all mean? We stood there the day after Looking at each other Them looking at me to lead them Asking what to do Where to start How do I know the answer? What thought process do I go through to figure it all … Continue reading Lists

Get Over It

She was always waiting for the Lord to return to get us all out of this messy world. As sick as she was this past week she never said she was planning to beat him to the punch and leave before he got back to take all of us. Knowing that we are just temporary … Continue reading Get Over It

Goodbye

And now it’s my turn to grieve. My feisty and tough, sassy and kind, determined and hard-headed, funny, sarcastic, and precious mom has passed into the arms of Jesus. No more pain. No more suffering. No more loss. She is with my little brother, my dad and all those who went before her. She was … Continue reading Goodbye

First Best Friends

My daughter left today My very best friend Moving forward Life's journey My mom is in the hospital My first best friend Moving forward Life's journey I cleaned out my daughters room Childhood memories and piles of artwork mixed with more piles of seventeen years of school assignments Some I tossed without a care. Others … Continue reading First Best Friends

Such is Life

Life - Family - Relationships Changes Theirs - Moving forward His- Stagnant Hers- Ending Theirs - Exciting Hers - Adventurous His - Struggling Hers - Suffering A cycle of plans, dreams, hopes, hopelessness, loss, opportunity, future, past Youth, newlyweds, bachelors, middle aged couple, elderly woman Change Changing jobs, changing locations, sticking it out, sticking together, … Continue reading Such is Life

I Saw Myself

I saw myself today 30 years ago a newlywed In that cabin across the river Where I sat for hours watching the currents sweep over the boulders Time spent with my lover in solitude and adventure with dreams of the future and contented pleasure. I saw myself today 20 years ago a mom of two … Continue reading I Saw Myself