No Going Back

As a bright-eyed and fairy tale-dreamer bride, I wanted one thing—to give my kids a sense of permanency, a sense of belonging to a place, to a community. Better yet, I wanted them to grow up and get married and bring their children and their grandchildren to our family home.

Think Father of the Bride circa 1991.

But this is life and not a dream. Things rarely work out the way we plan. … More No Going Back

Acts of Bravery Week 3: Speak Up! Your Voice Has Power.

Welcome to my weekly highlights of bravery! If you’ve landed here by mistake, maybe it’s for a reason. Maybe you should read on and start your very own act of bravery. If you’re not quite ready yet, still read on and be inspired by my own attempts at bravery (or at least laugh, cry, or cringe … More Acts of Bravery Week 3: Speak Up! Your Voice Has Power.

Acts of Bravery Week 2: Little Things Add Up to Huge Steps

To those of you who already read this blog, I apologize for the repost. Somehow it reverted to a draft and all the links showed a missing page. So, here it is republished, in case you ever wanted to find it again! Welcome to my weekly highlights of bravery! If you’ve landed here by mistake, maybe … More Acts of Bravery Week 2: Little Things Add Up to Huge Steps

Hiding: Why Won’t My Favorite Defenece Mechanism Work Anymore?

Do you ever feel exposed? I do all the time. It makes me want to run and hide. Literally. I want to jump in bed, throw the covers over my head, and read a good book until my painful world melts away and I’m lost in a pretend world forever. Early in life, hiding became my … More Hiding: Why Won’t My Favorite Defenece Mechanism Work Anymore?

Acts of Bravery Week 1: Laughing in the Face of Fear

Welcome to my weekly highlights of bravery! If you’ve landed here by mistake, maybe it’s for a reason. Maybe you should read on and start your very own act of bravery. If you’re not quite ready yet, still read on and be inspired by my own attempts at bravery (or at least laugh, cry, or cringe … More Acts of Bravery Week 1: Laughing in the Face of Fear