When Life Throws a Curve Ball…Home Runs are Still Possible

Yes, that’s a curve ball. And it’s not just a type of pitch in baseball. It’s also an unexpected occurrence or thing that causes confusion or uncertainty. (And isn’t life just filled with those!) Except not all curve balls are bad. Some are actually good. Or at least can lead to unexpected good results. For example, my pole-vaulting son (see my last email for more of that story) got a last-minute invitation to the “last

The Gift of Hope

The kids are out of school for a couple weeks. The tree is decorated and wrapped gifts wait underneath the branches. Our family’s traditional homemade salami and cheese balls are made. All that remains is the countdown to Christmas Day. This year I’m giving myself the gift of space, the gift of time, the gift of grace, and lastly the gift of hope. To be honest, this last stretch has been rough emotionally as we’ve

Spring Is On The Way

It has been a long, dark, cold winter, but there are signs that spring in on the way. It’s more than a date on a calendar. It’s not just the slightly warmer temperatures, baseball practices, tiny buds and peeking daffodil stems. I’m talking about spring inside. Since the first of the year, I’ve been swamped and exhausted. As a mother adjusting to a special needs child with hormones plus all the activities and sports of