You’ll Always Miss The Shots You Never Take

In the sport’s world, you’ll often hear something along these lines, “You’ll always miss the shots you never take.” And while this is certainly true with sports, this truth carries over into our everyday life as well. How many shots do we miss, simply because we are too afraid to try? When was the last …

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Why I Write: How It Began

When I started my blog, it felt like the strangest thing in the world I could have done.  If you know me, you know that I hold things very close to the vest.  I’m always the one who listens while people share, but rarely the one who shares.  I keep my personal thoughts, well, just …

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Saturated With Summer; Ready For A Change

Is anyone else ready to jump off this sweet Summer time bandwagon and move on towards Fall?  Maybe it’s just me, but I’m tired.  Tired of Summer.  Tired of trying to come up with creative things for the kids to play.  Tired of pretending to be a cat, a horse, or any type of animal …

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Letting You Walk Away, Learning To Let You Go

They placed you in my arms, and my world has never been the same.  My heart has never felt the same.  Things shifted somewhere deep inside, rearranging themselves, changing me.  I peered into your small face and looked with wonder at your tiny hands.  I touched them, and your little hand closed around my finger …

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Emerging From The Deep

My little girl is no longer afraid of the water! Three years of swimming lessons, and I feel like it has finally clicked. Until now, she has always loved the thought of swimming and has thoroughly enjoyed splashing around, but she never truly relaxed in the water. She would fiercely hold onto a floatation device, …

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Lessons Learned From “The Little Red Caboose”

You remember the story, don’t you?  In this 1954 children’s classic, the big, black engine, shiny and powerful, puffed and chuffed leading the way.  Then a mixture of box cars, oil cars, coal cars, and flat cars, all important with their substantial loads, trudged faithfully behind.  But the little, red caboose always came last.  Children …

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Dear Soldier,

Though we’ve never met, you reminded me of something tonight.  I can wake in the morning, hug my babies, and yes, probably hear sibling squabbles, because you, and so many others like you, are willing to pay a very high price so that we can live in freedom.  “Thank you,” doesn’t seem to say enough, yet really, what more can I say?  Except maybe this...

What They Never Tell You About Having Children

“Mama did you tee-tee again?” my two-year-old asks, as he bursts through the bathroom door assessing whether my “potty time” had been successful. “Yes, son,” I replied, with less irritation in my tone than I actually felt. “Great job!” he exclaimed excitedly, and ran out of the room hollering, “I’ll go get you a sticker …

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The Hands That Hold My Hands

The hand I held today was soft and small.... She climbed out of the backseat, all smiles, and immediately reached for my hand. The cool air, uncommon for this time of year, greeted us as she clasped my hand tightly, confident in my ability to guide her. It was time for her Kindergarten screening, and her …

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Pretty And Smart Are Not Enough: It’s Character That Counts

Our children often see us working hard to make our outward appearances look nice.  They also see us working hard to teach them and to impress upon them the importance of studying and good grades.  But do they see us spending any time making our inside appearance look nice?  Do they see us spending time on our heart?