As school ends for the year and summer break approaches, the anticipation for going on vacation or even weekend trips with family and friends grows exponentially. Even as an adult, I remember a few years ago counting down the days (and hours) until I left with a group of co-workers for the beach. Still, no … Continue reading In the Waiting- Prepare
Have you ever gone to the grocery store and after arriving home to unload, you find the loaf of bread, carton of eggs or tomatoes crushed? Even though we may lay them out, they never morph into what we saw to begin with. Likewise, our lives are similar. For it is in the valleys and … Continue reading In the Crushing and Pressing
Green, red, blue, yellow, and white lights with ornaments glisten around a tree, illuminating a family’s living room. The fresh and all-consuming smell of sugar cookies baking in the oven eagerly awaiting to be iced. The taste of Grandma’s pies and cinnamon rolls as each bite is savored among friends. The sound of children laughing … Continue reading H.O.P.E.
Have you ever noticed the circles that form when you drop a rock or object into a pond or lake? With the rock as the center point, these “ripples” spread outward further causing more ripples and if the water is calm enough, this cycle can continue onward for long distances. Likewise, I believe each of … Continue reading The Ripple Effect
A young boy stands in a long, narrow hallway outside of a wooden door holding what appears to be broken pieces of a toy in his small, fragile hands. Wheels, a long narrow stick, a wider piece of wood and small peg-like pieces covered with black soot and filth. The boy himself nearly clothed in … Continue reading Broken to Beautiful