How to Connect in Marriage As the candle light poured over our table and we stared at each other I wondered how I would be able to do what he asked. I was not sure I could do it. The overwhelming panic inside of me threatened to ruin our anniversary dinner, reservations he secured in… Continue reading How to Connect in Marriage
Bahumbug and a plague on all your houses! That’s how I felt about Christmas for almost ten years. The celebrated holiday brought back memories of war time, not joy, peace and love. At the time I believed I was the only person who hates Christmas. Two years in a row I served overseas for Christmas.… Continue reading Am I the only one who hates Christmas?
The noises were too loud. The smells were overwhelming. People’s concerns were shallow. The excess of American life was embarrassing. I saw no value in frivolous small talk. I hate that war changed me. I’m so thankful to have served. I hate the loss of life. I’m so thankful to live in America. I hate… Continue reading Return from Afghanistan
Let’s savor summer. Sometimes pausing life can be really difficult for me. This summer I’m taking time to soak in all the moments. Next month I’ll be sharing about my 10 year anniversary of life. July 2009 I came home from Afghanistan and I’ll be reflecting a little bit. I hope you’ll join me. Until… Continue reading Savor Summer
Today We Remember. We Remember Posted by Gold Star Mission on Saturday, September 29, 2018
We Remember Our Fallen. Memorial Day is right around the corner and each year it proves to be a difficult week. This year I’m hopeful for a different experience because of my time with Gold Star 500. Discover how a 4 Day Bike Ride brought unimaginable healing to this combat veteran. Wake Up Call: My… Continue reading We Remember
During my 3 week social media fast, taken during January 2019, a lot of internal *stuff* happened. Have you ever had a time like that? They’re kinda crazy, aren’t they? I released not a mountain of shame…a mountain RANGE of shame around my parenting. If this was the only things that came out of my social… Continue reading Can God move Mountains?
Sometimes terrible things happen… …and it stops us in our tracks. But did you know it doesn’t have to be that way? I didn’t. PTSD has been a big part of my life the last decade (and by big part I mean a central focus and all-consuming mental force).BUUUUUT you do not have to live… Continue reading How to live when we know terrible things happen
Guess what? I’m conducting a Social Media Weekend Experiment for 2019. You read that right, aaalllllof 2019, only 10 “ish” months to go — I’ve been doing it for 60 days now. Here’s the backstory: When I broke my social media fast the last week of January I did not like the impact of being… Continue reading Social Media Weekend
In the last blog I shared that I did a social media fast in January hoping I’d learn all this *amazing* stuff about myself. Nope. I unearthed a lot of junk! And this is my big takeaway….and a friendly reminder to you….no matter what has happened today (yesterday, 3 years ago…)….. You are loveable and…..