When All You Need Is a Hug…

... even if it's one in your dreams... That was me, even though I would have been too rushed to think I needed one. And not just any hug; I mean a hug where everything suddenly feels right, secure, strong, healed... you know those kinds? They aren't the kind that happen often. Believe me, I [...]

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When Nothing Makes Sense…

Praise God for days that don’t make sense for ceaseless cries and pleading eyes everlasting piles of mess missed appointments bills unpaid wet-soaked sky and tiredness wounds unhealed heart with ache while overtaking days still pass. Yet things just seem to fall in place despite my prayer or side-eyed glance at icons sternly, softly quietly [...]

Newborn in the Lap of God

A few months ago, one of the sweet and beautiful nuns (who used to be a NICU nurse) at Christ the Bridegroom, held my baby Simeon. The nuns love all children... but as Sr. Iliana held Simeon, she said, “This is how we are to be! Like a newborn in the lap of Christ!” I knew [...]

When Silence Stabs

There’s always that one person in the group... the one who says what everyone’s thinking. Throughout my life, that person, many times, has been me. And let me tell you, while many enjoy that they don’t have to be the one to expose truth, they will also oftentimes throw that person who does the truth-telling [...]

How to Survive Complete Loss of Power

It was an unusually perfect Friday morning. For Ohio, when there are no clouds and the weather is 72 degrees, even the trees seem excited. It was time to plan a last ditch-attempt trip for our family, perhaps a visit to Niagra Falls or something, before school starts... That was when the electricity guy knocked [...]