the first gift to give your children (a letter to guide you)

As we enter the season of giving, let’s give your children and any children we encounter a priceless gift. The gift of honoring childhood–honoring the beauty, innocence, and molding of our children and the world’s children as they grow up. I wrote this letter (pictured) when my first daughter was two years old and have the original hanging in my closet as…

doing the same thing over and over

  I am insane. Insane according to the quote: Insanity: DOING the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. [most attribute this quote to Einstein, but no one really knows where it came from.] The last few days, I have had this recurring feeling that I am acting a bit insane because…

seeking and finding

There were the endless lists, notes, jots, sketches, research, brainstorms, and middle-of-the-night lightbulb ideas, but overriding them all by leaps and bounds were experiences that could not be shaken. Experiences that were unexpected, yet came only with fully intentional presence, prayer and conversation. As the experiences accumulated, the prayers grew more intentional. My life got…

one year ago, terrified in a sparkling silence

The day after Christmas one year ago, I laid our dear little 4-month-old baby, Alexandria, down on the CT scan bed at Children’s Hospital. Three weeks earlier we were told she was 100% deaf in her left ear. But on this day, we still did not know what was causing it. She failed her newborn hearing screening…