Happy 50 Years of Marriage, Mom + Dad

Dear Mom and Dad, Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary! I love you two. So much. You have lived so much life and so much of it together. More together than apart. I wish I could go back in time even before I was born and see you two in high school in Chicago…before college and marriage and careers and kids (and, let’s face it…lots and lots of dogs) filled your lives. From the stories I hear about dad, high school was a testing ground…could he survive his teens while being both a cool,… Read More

I Was 22, Pregnant and Alone: Adoption Was The Way

In this piece I wrote which was published in this month’s issue of The Mennonite magazine, I took on the call to reflect on a favorite scripture from the Bible. My “Shaped by Scripture” reflection shares how one small part of a well-known story about Jesus plunged my life and plans into the best kind of tailspin. Here’s how it starts: The rowing moments: A reflection on Jesus calling the first disciples Luke 5:1-11   “When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:11 I love… Read More

Happy Birthday to Gloria, The One Who Has Made Me Cry Lately. Twice.

I’m so glad I met my daughter 15 years ago even though she makes me cry. Happy Birthday, Gloria!

Enough with the TV Already, UGH!

Our kid was being a jerk so we took away TV and this is what happened…