Sometimes I Run Away

When I’m stressed, I like to run away. Hours away… to the farm, the beach, the city, the mountains. Okay, I don’t actually physically run away, but mentally I am there. I will obsessively envision a new life. A “do over” in a completely different place. I start to research homes and schools and crime […]

An Ordinary Day to Remember

On Saturday, I was determined to get every member of my family of six out of the house for a family activity that did not involve youth athletics or a lot of money. Since my oldest is 15 and my youngest is three this is not an easy feat. Usually, someone ends up disappointed or […]

Discovering Inspiration at Oprah’s #LifeYouWantDC Event

*Disclaimer: I was invited to lunch and given a premium plus ticket to Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend in Washington DC by representatives for Toyota. However, I chose to write this post and share my own thoughts and experiences of the event. Have you ever felt like you were meant to be exactly where […]

The Rare Bird We Can Never Forget

Grief, loss, sadness, pain… and hope layered with an incredible amount of faith and love. This is the journey Anna Whiston-Donaldson takes readers in Rare Bird, a Memoir of Loss and Love. Her well-crafted and honest telling of what it means to tragically lose her 12-year-old son Jack — in a rare and unexpected flash […]

My Sunrise Above The Clouds

After flying for what seems a long time, I rub my eyes and catch the glint of red-orange peering through the horizon. The bright hues seem to sit on top of the billowy clouds. I sleepily think how beautiful the sunset is. Only to realize I already saw the sun slide away and vanish hours […]

We Honored Daddy at Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

I have always looked forward to firsts. The first time I drove a car. The first time I saw my baby’s face. The first time I spent the night in my own house. But, not all firsts feel great. I am learning that some firsts really hurt. Like the first time you lose a parent […]

The Dandelion Seed Waits With Hope

The billowy fluffs float on the breath of my little girl’s secret wishes. I watch her spread the dandelion seeds and smile. Who decided these were weeds anyway? I love dandelions. They are vibrant and stand alone until it’s time to change into impossibly soft wisps.  Then they wait until the wind slowly carries them […]

A Reflection of the Good that Came Before Us

*Sponsored Post This holiday season I have been struck by the overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my family. Maybe it’s because of everything we are going through with my step-dad or perhaps it’s because my children are full of wonder and excitement for the magic of the season. Whatever the reason, I find myself  trying […]

Give Back Mission: Reston, Va. Single Mom and Two Children Lose Everything in Fire

On December 10, 2013, a Reston, Va., single mother and her two children ages 8 and 9 lost their home, car and every possession in a fire. They walked away unharmed with just the clothes on their back. Since then friends have been scrambling to find them a place to live. They are blessed to […]

I Am Thankful

Growing up, my family would sit around the Thanksgiving table and take turns saying what we were grateful for before we could eat. We weren’t big on saying grace, but this was our annual Thanksgiving tradition. It was our grace. My sisters and I always groaned and moaned about how cheesy it was, but we […]