An Angel on Aisle 1

God has met me in some very interesting places. I’ve encountered Him at Target, seen Him dressed as Santa Claus, and chatted with Him over a chai latte at Dunkin Donuts. But today, He was waiting for me in the vestibule of Trader Joe’s. My mom and I had headed to Trader Joe’s for my … [Read more…]

Tsunami Warning

There are some movies I can watch over and over and never grow tired of. The Impossible is not one of those movies. Aside from the freakishly gory leg injury Maria Belon suffered in the surging floodwaters, this movie touches those parts of my psyche that I prefer to keep safely tucked away under layer … [Read more…]

Keep Calm…and Be Carried

As a baby, I was carried constantly. Swaddled snugly in pink, held tightly with admiration, I knew nothing other than to trust the hands that carried me. As a toddler, I resisted being carried. “I can do it myself!” became my mantra. But still, there were times when I craved the comfort, safety, and security … [Read more…]

Book Review: While Beauty Slept

Ah, the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. We all know the story: a beautiful princess is born, after many years of longing, to the delighted King Stefan and Queen Leah. A joyous celebration ensues, where all the good fairies of the land come to bequeath gifts of talent, beauty, and song…until the unwelcome Maleficent … [Read more…]

Book Review: The End of Everything

The End of the School Year means one thing: trips to the library for some great summertime reads. The End of Everything means something very similar: a great summertime read. In this story we are introduced to 13-year-old Lizzie Hood and her best friend Evie Verver, who conveniently happens to live across the street. Lizzie … [Read more…]

Respectfully, I disagree…

Oh, the internet. *sigh*  Oh, social media. *double sigh* Sometimes I love you and sometimes…well…you make me just a little crazy. Okay, a little crazier. Sometimes that’s a good thing: causing me to think deeply about what I believe and why, challenging my notions about life and health and parenting and marriage, and getting me … [Read more…]