The Things I Meant to Say: A tribute to my mother

I never thanked her enough. For making sure I had all I needed. For providing all that I wanted that was good for me. For creating a safe and loving environment for me to grow up in. Woven into my mother’s life story was an incredible amount of pain. As a child, she suffered with…

The Dust has Settled

This post is a follow-up to Wheels Down. “Be brave enough to be bad at something new.” Jon Acuff Well, that certainly has been me … bad at something new.  I’ve spent the last few weeks struggling to learn French.  It’s been four weeks of full immersion in another new language. The good news is I’ve…

Wheels Down

This post is a follow-up to my previous post,  The Big Move  Wheels down and suitcases unpacked, I’m overjoyed to be in France.  Though our hearts and minds are with loved ones and friends in Hong Kong, during this tumultuous time, we were thankful that protestors were dissuaded from occupying the airport on the weekend we…

The Big Move

This photo encapsulates me today. I’m preparing for a move from Hong Kong to France. On this upcoming Monday in fact. There are protestors at the airport today and a typhoon (a literal one) on the way. I’m feeling stressed. So, I thought I’d take a break and write a post, and simply breath a…

All Good Things

Originally posted on Muddling Through My Middle Age:
It seemed to me that this past Winter was especially hard.  My home town was spared the horrible blizzards that devastated other parts of the Midwest, but our Winter was still made up of months of very cold temperatures and too much snow and ice.  I don’t…

Why not Just Write?

How did I get here … sitting in front of my computer? Hands hovering over the keyboard as I stare at the screen. It all began when making my bed. I noticed the plants on the windowsill needed water. So, I headed to the kitchen where a stack of dirty dishes waited. I filled the…

The Spirit of Christmas ~ Friends & Family

Christie’s heart sank as she watched her daughter, Lydia, and two sons quietly eating their breakfast at the kitchen table. Nearly Christmas, she hadn’t bought any presents yet.  Money was tight, illness and other unexpected expenses ate away most of the reserves they had set aside.  Her husband took on as many extra shifts as…

Big Smiles

via Photo Challenge: Smile Big smiles make the world a brighter place! I love this week’s Daily Post photo challenge, “Smile,” because big smiles make me happy.  They are contagious and bring me joy.  So, I hope to pass a little of that joy along to you!

Thursday Doors: Family Home

Inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out. ~~ Taking a recent trip from Hong Kong back to visit family in the US, I can’t seem to shake the feelings of nostalgia that have been awakened. Arriving in Ohio, I was pulled back…

Where is Home?

Over the years, I have learned that the true meaning of home is not based on a single dwelling place. Home is a feeling. Home for me is found in the backyard of my granny and grandad’s house, now my mom and dad’s, catching lightning bugs as a little girl with my brothers and sisters….

Fragrant Harbor

Tour Guide In response to The Daily Post weekly photo challenge “Tour Guide,” I wanted to take you on a tour of my neighborhood.  When people ask me, “Where are you from?”  I pause.  Then, I pause some more, shift my eyes up and to the right.  “Hmm, that’s complicated.” I grew up in the…

Ode to Mom

I wake early Christmas morning and sneak from my bed. Creeping down the hall, I sidestep the squeaky wooden floorboards, and sit just outside the living room.  A mound of colorful packages lay clustered at the base of the tree that is decorated with stringed popcorn and cranberries, colorful paper chains, nostalgic ornaments, lots of…