God Used Adoption to Save… All of Us

  Original publication in Inheritance Magazine, May 2017 https://www.inheritancemag.com/stories/god-used-adoption-to-save-all-of-us WHAT HAVE I DONE? I quietly asked myself this countless times the first year with our adopted child. Bonding was a challenge. When he desperately reached out to a strange man in the airport and I felt repeatedly rejected in this manner, I wondered, “What have I […]

God Gives the Goods, Youth Renewed

Praise the Lord… who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. -Psalm 103:5, NIV As I watch my 6-year old hop circles around me (because walking is “too boring”), I’m reminded of an idea I often hear — the desire to bottle a child’s energy and sell […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 12

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 12 Hopes and Dreams! 11 friends and family, 10 gifts from giving, 9 wooden beauties, 8 family trips, 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. It’s the […]

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments: A Tradition of Memories — Day 8

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me – 8 family trips 7 Bruins beating Trojans (38-28!), 6 Asian Orbs, 5 manger scenes! 4 major awards, 3 dancing pigs, 2 handmade bells, and a portrait to put on the tree. Seven years ago, our family visited the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When I […]

An Abyss of Grief: Tragedy in Connecticut and Mourning Together

Our hearts, as a nation in mourning, sank to new depths today. When innocent children and adults are sacrificed to the ills of our world, I’m sickened and saddened to an unfathomable degree. Even in an idylic place, as Newton has been described, even in this haven, a town is plunged into mourning… and we […]

Writing Journal: Rejected Rhino

Recently, my first short story submission was rejected from a children’s magazine. I won’t say which one, but it’s very well-known and rhymes with “this bites.” Honestly, I’m not bitter. I knew going in that I would have to send in 100+ submissions before getting my first acceptance; so I have at least 99 more […]