Life is Short. Use the Crystal.

Life is Short. Use the Crystal.

When my beloved died last month, that was the end of our earthly celebrations. There were no more special occasions to bring out our Millennium Series Waterford flutes we'd gotten for our wedding in 2000. I've sipped many glasses of champagne in them over our 20+...

Bittersweet Realities

Bittersweet Realities

Yesterday was a bittersweet day. I sold our RV trailer. This is the reality of what happens when a spouse dies. This is what you don't think about when together you're planning burial wishes and buying life insurance. You don't think about the treasured things that...

Keep the Welcome Mat Out

Keep the Welcome Mat Out

My husband Howard passed away suddenly in August, leaving me with two college-aged kids and a huge void where a larger-than-life personality belonged. The funeral was Saturday and my support group is rallying around me, strong and vibrant. It's God's blessings that I...

When We Forget People Are Human

When We Forget People Are Human

When the WakeMed ICU physician told me and my kids that my husband and their father was going to die, she gave us a lecture on vaccines. Not, "I'm sorry," or "Are you okay?" But, a lecture. A modicum of caring at that devastating moment would have been kind. I know...

Don’t Get Ahead of God

Don’t Get Ahead of God

God spoke to me in a dream last night. I dreamt my husband, who passed away last month, and I were in a car. He was driving but got out of the vehicle to stand in the road. I was in the passenger seat and thought I should continue down the road, so I put the car into...

A Piece of My Heart in Heaven

A Piece of My Heart in Heaven

It's with a heavy heart I report that my husband passed away. The kids and I are devastated, he was warm, outgoing, generous, community-building, loving man. He will be missed by MANY! From the obituary... He is survived by his wife, Cat, daughter Anna and son Howie....

Pray for the Afghan Women and Girls!

Pray for the Afghan Women and Girls!

With the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan this week, I ask everyone to take a moment to pray for the Afghan women and girls who will be forced back into the dark ages by the Taliban. Through US efforts, they have been allowed freedoms never experienced,...

Sense of Style: 3 First Ladies

Sense of Style: 3 First Ladies

This Tweet made me chuckle. It's true that Michelle O has a "look" and Melania has a "look." But Dr. Jill just buys expensive clothes and they hang on her awkwardly because she's not buying clothes for her body and her style. She's buying them because of the price tag...

Lost in the Forest, or Found on the Path?

Lost in the Forest, or Found on the Path?

We grow and change every day. Isn't that the goal? Saul/Paul started out murdering Christians, then went on to write most of the New Testament. Can you imagine if everyone had treated Paul like he were still Saul? His ministry would be shot. He'd be done. But, they...

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