From one of those houses surrounded by pine trees too many to count, a mom and one of her three daughters faithfully prayed. The prayers drifted up to heaven like smoke from their chimney. The daughter, my younger sister’s classmate, asked God to draw my sister and me to Himself. The prayers went up. Life went on. Years went by.Read More
Hello! I'm back! The last several months I've been in total book writing cave lock down mode. Darrin bought me a reindeer fuzzy hat from Daiso (a Japanese version of the Dollar Store but INFINITELY better). I wore the hat and my WaterBrook blue MAC lipstick most days. Actually the real name of the lipstick color is Blue Bang! With the exclamation point! After standing in line for over an hour on #nationallipstickday all that remained was blue. Ever the eternal optimist I decided on the spot the lipstick would become my power writing color. Guess it worked!Read More
I picked up a crumpled foil gum wrapper by the staircase. Three steps up I found another one. And then another. At the top of the stairs I found a few more. Curiosity piqued, I turned the corner to peer into my son’s room. Under a maroon-colored blanket I saw the shape of a preschooler. In front of the mound of blanket-covered-preschooler, I found a pile of gum wrappers. I walked up to the mound.
“Michael? Are you under the blanket?”
The shape shook his head.
“Michael? Are you chewing gum?”Read More
“What? Are you kidding me?!”
I blinked back tears. No discussion. The decision set. We were moving.
In utter disbelief, I learned we were not just relocating to another part of town or even another state. Right before my senior year of high school, after living seventeen years in Boulder, Colorado, my family planned to resettle clear across the ocean—inHong Kong.
My parents dragged me by the ankles, kicking and screaming. Scratch marks from my nails could be seen in Boulder and Hong Kong, and all 7,542 miles in between. Had I known then what hard-won wisdom and perspective have taught me over the years, I might’ve saved myself a manicure and great deal of heartache.Read More