Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat

If you are bringing the candy and you happen to be running late, you might get a call from your friend that sounds like this:
"Call me when you get here. We're out of candy, so I'm not going to open the door anymore unless I know it's you."


Tuesday, October 30, 2012


We're back from Florida, where despite a few days of rain, we were soaking up sunshine. Lots of it:

We met our sweet niece, Cecilia Kay, for the first time.
We celebrated Dylan's 2nd birthday. 
We watched the Giants sweep the World Series.
We took a train ride at the zoo.
We admired gorgeousness. 
We fed animals. 
We slept like babies.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Delayed Results

I'm remarkably good at getting things done when there is something even more pressing that I'm supposed to be doing. I know I'm not alone in this. If someone knows the cure, please enlighten me.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What Men Want ...

I am not an expert, but I like the way I heard a priest put it:
Men want "a battle to fight, an adventure to live, a beauty to rescue."
(He gave credit for this theory to John Eldredge who wrote this book.)


Monday, October 22, 2012


If you are looking for a little creative inspiration, go to The Word Cellar.
Jenna McGuiggan is talking about momentum, which applies to everything.
As for me, I've stared at a blank screen long enough and have gained just enough momentum to go to bed.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sweet Moments

We saw him coming into church with two chocolate treats, one in each hand.
"What's that?" his mama asked.
"Gluten-free cupcakes," the 6-year-old replied as he gave one to his younger sister.
It seemed a tiny bit unbelievable that gluten-free treats would be part of a church bake sale, but he said he double checked.
It's hard to know which is sweeter ~ the fact that he got his sister a treat (and not just himself) or that he made sure it was gluten-free because his sister is intolerant.


Thursday, October 18, 2012


When choosing your view, make it beautiful.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Self Improvement

I spend a lot of time thinking about things I want to be better at ~ mornings, deadlines, kickboxing, email (to name a few). But really, maybe I should start focusing on things I want to become worse at, like worrying.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Handsome Visitor

The new receptionist came to get me.
"There's someone here to see you," she said.
I wasn't expecting anyone, and as we walked to the front of the office, she said, "He told me to tell you that a very handsome man was here to see you."
I smiled a crooked grin. "Is it my dad?"
"How did you know?" she said.
"Well, my husband is at work and I don't keep lovers."


Monday, October 15, 2012

Excuse Me, Week

Insomnia is not what I call fun or productive. Please shape up.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dear Week

Let's be productive and fun. What do you say?


Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Tiny Distinction

It doesn't seem like much, but there's a world of difference between:
"I can do it." and "I am doing it."
The first requires belief. The second requires belief plus action.


Friday, October 12, 2012

A Cautionary Tale

If you run in the dark, you might trip over a big box that you didn't see was right in your path.
Your whole body might fall completely to the floor, but not before crashing into a wall.
You'll be OK because your clumsiness has made you pretty tough.
Although, you will probably bruise your left knee and your right forearm. And the cheekbone on the left side of your face might be the tiniest bit tender.
I'm just guessing.
But I would caution anyone this: Only run when the lights are on. 


Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Year of Faith

"Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy." ~Pope Benedict XVI

My friends, it's a new year. Not a random Thursday in October, but a brand new year that begins today and will end more than 13 months later on November 24, 2013.
It's a Year of Faith, as declared by the Pope, and it's an opportunity for deeper reflection and rediscovery.
Doesn't that sound wonderful? For more information, go here, here or here.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mind Trick

If it's true that everything begins with a thought, I need to do more thinking.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Team Josie

This is Josie. She is 2. 
She was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes earlier this year.

Just thinking about the Juvenile Diabetes Walk makes her smile.

This is her game face. Who knew fighters could be so cute?

This is her helping her Mama check her blood sugar. Because you never get a break from diabetes, even when you're walking to cure it.

This is her victory dance. She walked every step of the 1.5 miles. 

To celebrate, she blew bubbles.

Just a day in the life of a super hero. 


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Technical Difficulties

We will return to our regularly scheduled broadcasting shortly.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Shoe Shopping

I strongly dislike the mall.
I view having to go there as a kind of torture.
But in our modern society, clothing oneself is required.
Today, I was looking for a pair of shoes.
My approach to shoes is this: Buy a pair and then wear them until they fall apart. My current ones (open-toe black slingbacks) are on the brink of death. Plus, the seasons are changing and I hate unintentionally getting my feet wet.
Anyway, I found the perfect pair at Nordstrom Rack ~ basic black heels that fit and weren't hideous.
I was even thinking shoe shopping is kind of fun before I realized the left shoe squeaks with every step.
In other words, the torturous search for new shoes continues and now it includes a trip to the return aisle.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Choose Beauty

Our hearts are where everything that matters lives ~ all our beauty and all our ugliness share the same space. But we decide which wins.


Thursday, October 4, 2012


I love how you promise Friday.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Headache ...

That pretty much sums up my day.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012


The Internet went out.
The house got quiet.
No noise from the TV or Netflix or Pandora or Tune-In Radio.
Just the fans whirling, reminding us with their white noise that it's time for bed.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Little Flower

Yellow roses arrived at my office today.
Through text, I thanked the friend who sent them.
She responded, "I love that I didn't know it was St. Therese's feast day and I sent you roses. I almost sent you lilies. ... She must really want you to know she's working on your prayers."
Little Flower, thanks for the encouragement. I hadn't asked for a rose, but I must have needed one.
St. Therese, pray for us!


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