Friends AND Neighbors

A stroll to the park this evening with my children led me to cross paths with a neighbor I haven't seen in a while. She and I visited on a park bench while our kids kicked a soccer ball back and forth on the grass behind us. We began with the typical chit-chat: "Beautiful weather!" "How's school?" "How's work?" and...Read More

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. When they were finished discussing the idea of increasing the police...Read More

Miracles

"It was a difficult time, but it was a beautiful time." That's what she said about the time earlier this year when she nearly lost her life. It was dusk when our paths met--- she and her husband out walking the dog, my husband and I on our way to the mailbox. Neighbors for the past 16 years, we first...Read More

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. (more…)

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...Read More

An Adventure Awaits

  It was a hot afternoon when my children and I stepped outside our house, flyers in hand, and peered down the street.   “Which houses should we visit?” I asked. Our first choice was an easy one–the house across the street. Charles and Judy, our adopted grandparents, are some of our favorite neighbors. We invite them to everything. They...Read More