• Safe and happy neighborhoods

    Safe and Happy Neighborhoods

    Some time ago I sat with a city councilman and other members of the community to discuss how we might improve our neighborhoods.   “We need more police presence in our neighborhoods,” someone suggested right away. Most everyone agreed. I sat back in my seat and listened to their argument.…

  • Hope for the downhearted heart

    Hope For The Downhearted: A Story Of Life, Loss, and Hope

    The Downhearted   “What’s going on?” I asked my neighbor, startled at the sight of emergency vehicles lining our street. “It’s Bob,” he said, shuffling his feet in the grass.My heart fell to my stomach like an anchor in the ocean. My head, my heart, my stomach suddenly felt heavy,…

  • child swing a child shall lead them

    And A Little Child Shall Lead Them

    **This page contains affiliate links. You can view my full disclosure HERE.   …and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)   It was getting late, it was uncomfortably warm outside, and I was tired, but that didn’t stop them.   “May we PLEASE stop at the park and…

  • neighborhoods

    My Neighborhood: A Feast For The Senses

    My afternoon walk around the block was a feast for the senses.   After working on my to-do list all morning, I decided to take a quick walk around the neighborhood. The weather was so beautiful, and the neighborhood so still, that I slowed my pace and began noticing the…

  • At Work In Our Neighborhoods

    Not long ago, in the midst of the divisive election, came an invitation from an unknown neighbor to meet at the park and pray for our country. Our family went, unsure of what to expect, and completely unaware of the inspiring events that were about to take place. Jay (the…

  • Courage Born Of Fear: It’s Time To Be Brave

      “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” (Bethany Hamilton)   I knew the moment I shared this quote with my daughter two days ago that she had had a lightbulb moment; I saw it in her eyes, in the way she…

  • Comfort Zone

    “Mom, is it a good thing to step outside my comfort zone?” asked my daughter.   “Yes,” I said, giving her a cautious motherly glance, “as long as there is little risk for bodily harm.” “Oh, no need to worry about that,” she giggled.   {silence}   “It’s just that stepping outside your…