When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. – Henri Nouwen Living well is often based […]

Friendships through Life

Today is the birthday of one of my childhood besties.  I haven’t talked to her in years, but once in a while I think about our friendship and what value it brought to my life. I can still remember the many sleepovers, scary movies, dance routines, snow tunnels, and bike riding, walking to school, becoming […]


This week is Thanksgiving and it is the perfect time for us to remember all of our blessings. I cracked up recently when I saw a saying on Facebook that said something like, “Thanksgiving is the day we give thanks for all that we have.  And the very next day, Black Friday, is when we […]

The Rat Race

My anal-retentive organizational skills happen to be the only reason I am even remotely ready for (and not pulling my hair out just thinking about) my Thanksgiving week away to see family and friends in Tennessee and Georgia.  I shudder to think of the things I have forgotten! I AM NOT GOING TO WORRY ABOUT […]

Friend Picking

While reading my Facebook newsfeed this morning, I came across a title to a story that said, “Life is too short for crappy friends.”  BAHAHAHA!!  Completely made me laugh out loud!!! Basically, the article was about how to teach our children to let go of those who are bad for us and to develop the […]

Easter Error

If I’m going to screw up…I’m gonna do it BIG!  Of course, this time I did it on Easter Sunday…which makes me feel THAT MUCH WORSE! Am I never going to learn?  Jeepers! So, here’s what happened.   A week ago I was hanging out with several ladies from my neighborhood and chatting about our Easter […]

The RA-RA Session

Everyone needs a cheerleader.  Some days more than others! Tuesday was my day to hang with one of my besties by the pool and review the events that have been transpiring this summer so far. As I divulged the good, bad and ugly, she listened, encouraged, and beat me over the head with a big […]


Happy Turkey Day!!!   I’m sure we are all ready to check out the spread of goodies and dive into our favorite entrees!  Me, me, me!!!!  I am SO raising my hand!! As we go through today trying to get along with the crowd around us, thinking of all the things we are thankful for and […]

Sisters ROCK!

Happy Birthday to my sister, Rachael!!  Having her birthday fall on a day that I normally post GEM is a prime opportunity for me to talk about the joy of having sisters!!!  And more specifically…elaborate why I feel tremendously blessed to have MY sisters. Anyone who knows me is well aware that I have three […]

Mysterious Ways

God works in mysterious ways….  I have heard this mantra my entire life.  Most of the time it is said when something terrible or unexplainable happens and the onlookers are at a loss of what to say to the victim.  Basically, it’s said when we don’t know the why, the how and the what for. […]