• What My Children And A Monkey Taught Me About Cherishing Every Moment

    I found myself face to face with a monkey and I wasn’t sure what to do. His little patchwork body was sewn to the front of the tiny blue pajamas that had, only weeks ago, adorned my newborn.   He sat, with his tail curled around him, looking at me. He and I were eye to eye. “What am I to do?” I asked, willing him to answer. He didn’t.   The tiny blue monkey pajamas held so many memories: like the times I would gaze down at my baby boy and play with his little toes while he held my finger in his tiny fist.   Giving away the pajamas almost seemed like giving away the memories. How could…

  • An afternoon in the park poetry flower bee

    An Afternoon In The Park

    As one who is passionate about genuine connection, I found it impossible to hide my delight recently while spending an afternoon in the park. Children were seen everywhere–on the playground, at the ball courts, barefoot in the grass. But what really made my heart smile was the sight of the parents who, without any visible sign of technology in hand, were laughing with their children and visiting face-to-face with other parents. The weather was beautiful and everyone seeemed extraordinarily happy. As I sat on the grass enjoying the moment, I felt an unusual desire to jot down some poetry. Reaching for a scratch piece of paper from my purse, I penned a few lines about what I was seeing take…

  • Words that encourage purple flowers

    Words That Encourage

    “You’re very special!”   Those were the last words I whispered to my daughter as I gave her a squeeze and prepared to send her off to bed. When her body stiffened noticeably and she became quiet, I wondered if perhaps those words had made her feel uncomfortable. Early the next morning, she stood near me and in her soft voice whispered, “Mama? You know last night when you told me I was special?  I liked that. No one has ever told me I am special before.” That was a bittersweet moment for me. On one hand, I was grateful that she felt comfortable enough to share her feelings with me. On the other hand, I felt a certain pain that…

  • Courage

      “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 tilted her head and glanced up towards the ceiling. “Oh…” she said softly, “you mean you can still be courageous even if you’re fearful!” It was a statement, rather than a question. “Yes,” I said. “In fact, without fear, there is no courage.” (Author Unknown) She smiled and hurried towards the kitchen table to write the two quotes in her memorization notebook. They had made a profound impression on her…