Choose to be Teachers and Students

My daughter and son-in-law asked me to speak at their wedding. I was honored but also hesitant--what could I, of all people in their lives, say about marriage? The only thing I know without a doubt. With their permission, here's my speech: As we gather to celebrate your journey together, I want to share with … Continue reading Choose to be Teachers and Students

Blessing 27: Nelson

My father-in-law, Nelson Hawkins, was a blessing in my life for so many reasons. Even during the last few years, things between us didn't change. Nelson continued to send me Mother's Day cards, birthday cards, and Christmas presents--something no one would have expected him to do--yet he never stopped treating me like a daughter-in-law, and … Continue reading Blessing 27: Nelson

You can judge me if you want to

You can judge me if you want to, but before you do, know that I primarily stayed in my marriage because of my son. Ian has been through so much in his nine years: He battled a cancerous brain tumor at four-years-old with his father right by his side, giving Ian the strength and courage to … Continue reading You can judge me if you want to

Blessing 24: David

I’ve been counting my blessings for over two years now; it has helped me get through some difficult circumstances. Every time I’ve felt pain beyond belief, I’ve tried to find the things in my life that make me smile—the things I’m thankful for—so I can move away from depression and towards joy. Some days it’s … Continue reading Blessing 24: David

Blessing 23: Pain, the Great Teacher

God grant me the serenity  to accept the things I cannot change;  courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. It's not surprising that the serenity prayer is used in conjunction with addiction healing. Addictions usually come from people trying to escape pain; however, addictions only keep people in painful … Continue reading Blessing 23: Pain, the Great Teacher

Blessing 22: The Teaching Profession

If we are honest, we would have to acknowledge the fact that we are all teachers to some extent, whether we want to be or not. We have children and adults all around us who are watching us and learning from our actions and words. We don't have to be celebrities or athletes to garner … Continue reading Blessing 22: The Teaching Profession