Pure Joy

Joy comes in all shapes and sizes.  It comes in huge occasions and simple reminders. It comes in laughter and smiles. It can come through the familiarity of friends and family or the serendipity of strangers. Pure joy is the catalyst for hope when times are tough, faith when things are uncertain, and love when times … Continue reading Pure Joy

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Surprise

Surprises come in all shapes and sizes. They can bring unexpected blessings or catastrophic misfortunes.  I've been the recipient of both and it has put me on a pendulum between happiness and sadness – loving life for its beauty, but hating it for its incredible unfairness. My most recent surprise was being invited to partake in … Continue reading Surprise

A Mother’s Love

"But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begins." — Mitch Albom There is nothing quite like a mother's love.  You feel it in the softness and warmth of their hugs.  You feel it in the smiles and laughs you share when something funny is said or done. … Continue reading A Mother’s Love

An Extra Day

Leap Day. February 29th. It comes once every four years – a novelty like a shooting star. It's somewhat extraordinary when you think about it. I say somewhat because science has boiled it down to a basic understanding. We really get 365 and 1/4 days each year so those quarters add up to an extra … Continue reading An Extra Day

What is Love?

What is Love?  Is it something like makes you break the law like when Ted steals that blue french horn for Robin? Is it something that pushes your endurance like when Ross races to three different airports to get Rachel off the plane? Or is it persistent like when Cory wouldn't give up on Topanga … Continue reading What is Love?

Love Is The Best Thing We Do

A powerful line from my favorite TV show, How I Met Your Mother, "Love is the best thing we do," seems to be the truest statement about love.  I was lucky enough to see this personified as I stood in witness to the marriage of my brother Paul and his wife Katie. When Katie entered Paul's … Continue reading Love Is The Best Thing We Do