The Things You’ll Carry

2018-02-12T17:33:56+00:00 February 12th, 2018|It is well with my soul.|

There were words of wisdom about work-life balance; Words about finance, leadership or mission. But the one thing they didn’t tell me, was about the things I’d carry.   There were handshakes, high-fives, and congratulatory gifts; A giant red ribbon cut by a large pair of scissors and a special engraved groundbreaking shovel. But the [...]

An Open Letter to My Husband’s Former Employer

2018-01-28T21:16:33+00:00 January 28th, 2018|It is well with my soul.|

To My Husband’s Former Employer, The cover of your Employee Handbook says it all; your mission statement printed in royal blue… clearly the focus. I normally don’t do things like this… things that might burn bridges. In fact, my mission throughout my work, is to turn walls into bridges. But I’m not writing to talk [...]

Eternally 500 Miles Short.

2017-09-05T21:57:53+00:00 September 5th, 2017|It is well with my soul., The struggle is real.|

I was sitting there at the table in Michigan, Huey Lewis and the News playing from Spotify – the song “It’s as Simple as That”. My brother David was on my right, my Dad and my husband Josh on the opposite side of the table. We were in the midst of playing a favorite card [...]

Everyone meet Eileen… She’s a real B.

2017-08-27T01:07:42+00:00 August 27th, 2017|It is well with my soul., The struggle is real.|

I was sitting there in her office. My shoes off, feet folded underneath me as I sat on the couch. A rather large stuffed dog with sad eyes was sitting next to me on my left, just chilling, staring at me. She said something, but I didn’t catch it, so I asked her to repeat [...]

Rainbow Jello: A Sign of Hope

2017-08-01T12:33:20+00:00 August 1st, 2017|It is well with my soul.|

I’m not sure why, but all it took was walking through the door of HyVee and spotting it, for the tears to flow… Rainbow Jello. Not just any Rainbow Jello; it’s the kind that comes in a plastic container shaped like a bunt cake; every color of the rainbow swirled around in glorious bliss. And [...]

Bactine and Kick Stands

2017-07-06T10:13:22+00:00 July 6th, 2017|It is well with my soul., The struggle is real.|

When I was growing up, my family had a seasonal campsite at Robert’s Corey Lake Campground in Three Rivers, Michigan. The lake was just a few minutes walk or drive from our camper, but we also had plenty to explore when we weren’t near the lake. This part of Michigan has red sand. The sand [...]