I have been sort of discouraged lately observing the way things are going in our world. Maybe that’s because I am of a ‘certain age’. I was raised in a home where we were taught to say what we meant and then we prepared ourselves for the consequences, whatever they might be. My husband and … Continue reading Integrity still matters…
For 33 years, since I married my husband, it has been a privilege to work with, support, advocate for, mentor, and encourage Soldiers and their families. Because of my love and concern for our Army families, over the past decade I have developed a real concern about behavioral health challenges in our Army families. What … Continue reading Attitude is Everything!
Military Spouses are determined, strong yet flexible. We are hopeful, patriotic, and selfless in that we are willing and proud to send our Service Member into Harm’s way and far away to defend our country and our freedoms. The birth of that freedom is celebrated every 4th of July, which is just as it should … Continue reading Honoring the Sacrifice
Parenthood is all about sacrifice. Or it should be. It’s self-sacrifice. It’s doing what is best for your child and not what’s most comfortable for you. It’s asking your child to do tough stuff that you can’t do for him while your heart breaks for him. Or worrying so much you can’t imagine how your … Continue reading Parenthood
Today’s blog entry is adapted from a letter I wrote to a friend who was lamenting that one of her sons always seemed to be struggling. He was around 19 years old, I think, when she wrote to me about her concern that she had missed something, that maybe she had neglected to accomplish some … Continue reading Motherly Advice
There are questions about our culture with regard to gunmen whose internal struggle leads to violence that we need to ask ourselves, and that we need to discuss with one another to end the heinous form of gun violence that mass murder is. Where is hope? Where is love? Where is mercy and compassion? Or … Continue reading The Discussion We Need to Have
Many people in the United States and many of the western European nations love to celebrate the diversity of all people, and that is a fine thing. But there are three components we all possess that, combined, make us uniquely human and these are the things we hold in common regardless of our differences. I … Continue reading The Pursuit of Happiness
In 1984, the year my husband and I got married, my life as a professional volunteer began. I didn’t know it then, and it didn’t start the day we returned from our honeymoon! But over time that’s what I have grown to be. I had volunteered in high school and college. Whether it was as … Continue reading How Volunteering Has Enriched My Life
Sometimes as parents we observe the world around our children, and we are worried for them. Scary tings are going on out there. Some are serious and some are common childhood experiences that are part of growing up. As parents, we wish we could shield our kids from so many hurts and disappointments, and from all real danger....
Once when my 22- month-old granddaughter, Alice, arrived with her parents at their church she enthusiastically announced, “Jesus time!’ That kid. I just love her so much. ...