The Journey From "Just a Mother"

I couldn’t look at her. I saw a glimpse of us in her bedroom closet mirror and the image made me doubt everything I just said minutes before. She was crying those type of tears where she had to stop every few seconds and gasp for a deep breath. And I looked broken....more
martinisandmini MandarinJourney travel is always revealing, but sometimes in the most unexpected ...more

The Lord Looks at the Heart: When My Son Became My Daughter

I am the mom of the little girl called A.J., who was recently profiled in the Kansas City Star. As surprised as I was to find my family in the paper, I am also incredibly proud. ...more
A beautiful story.more

The Secret Message From a Stranger at the Philly Airport

I sat with a book to my nose waiting for my dog to arrive from California. My ex’s newly found bachelorhood could not accommodate the attention our Jack Russell required, and my new apartment did not allow pets. I was there to deliver her to her new forever human … the woman who would’ve been my mother-in-law.You were waiting for your wife and who I assume was your mother-in-law. We smiled at each other, and I couldn’t help but adore your two daughters playing at your feet....more

To My Sister: There is enough grace for this...

Knees knocking, and voice cracking, it was a humbling opportunity to share some thoughts at my nephew's funeral....  ...more

Freedom in Surrender

“I couldn’t fight the tide, so I decided to float along.” – David Levithan...more

Why You Won't Be Happy When...

If you and I were having a conversation about life and all that comes with it and I asked you, “Are you happy?” What would your response be?Will it be a resounding “Yes”?Or will the answer be “I’ll be happy when…”The infamous lie of “I’ll be happy when…” is a trap that intertwines and deceives us to believe that we will finally obtain that happiness that we’ve been looking for when that something we’ve been desiring finally happens....more

I Know it Too ... A Poem

There’s a place between sanity and fear that exists only to taunt me.It brings me to my knees and asks me the questions I don’t have answers to.My pride is standing, trying not to flee, but it’s failing in the end. A mess of a person in it’s wake....more

Borrowed Time

A friend’s husband suddenly passed away yesterday.My hearts hurts for her loss.Life is short – a cliché but real and true.You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. James 4:14 GW...more

The Journey From "Just a Mother"

I couldn’t look at her. I saw a glimpse of us in her bedroom closet mirror and the image made me doubt everything I just said minutes before. She was crying those type of tears where she had to stop every few seconds and gasp for a deep breath. And I looked broken....more
martinisandmini MandarinJourney travel is always revealing, but sometimes in the most unexpected ...more

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

May we remember that peace begets peace and war begets war.  so as the song says let their be peace on earth and let it begin with each of us.Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more

Cockeyed Optimist? Maybe. But I Don't Care.

A friend sent me an email this morning, where she talked about how she “victoriously marched into Target,” and I was so inspired! She was talking about that feeling of knowing your identity, and knowing it is not dependent on what others think of you, or even what you think of yourself. It’s freedom. True, pure freedom. ...more

Anger = Red

I'm not sure what to do with this anger that I feel, I'm not sure where it is coming from or why it won't go away. I love God. God is love, not anger, not hate, not resentment or selfish thoughts. Anger sneaks up on me almost daily now. I walk around and see happy people, looking refreshed and dressed nice, laughing with their friends, and I hate it. I see young women Taylor's age and they are all doing so well, and I hate it. I see a beautiful women or a content marriage or a man showing affection to his happy wife and I hate it!...more

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more