Late Fall in Chicago

The wind picks up again and grabs all the dead leaves off of our lawn. I cheer as they fly directly into our neighbors yard; sweet relief and good-bye to all that work. Moments later the wind laughs at me as it changes direction and brings them back, two-fold, securing them all in our bushes. […]

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There’s No Place Like Home

  The kids are already heads down and eyes glazed over as they stare mindlessly at their electronic devices. The car is quiet as we begin the 5 hour journey back to Chicago. Another family visit for the holidays becomes a memory. For once, I’m not behind the wheel. Sitting in the passenger seat I […]

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My Thanksgiving Turkey

Will’s Thanksgiving project from last year is still sitting on my desk. It’s a rather large cardboard turkey with big tail feathers that have drawing and messy handwriting all over them, describing what he is thankful for. He’s included The Best Teacher Ever, My Family, The Army, My Math Teacher and Schools. It’s all very […]

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Meet Johnathan

Twenty three years ago I came home for Christmas after spending the fall semester in Jackson, Mississippi. I went because college was depressing and I needed something that gave me purpose. I was not someone who went into those years of my life with specific plans, I was one of the lost ones. If you know […]

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Thin Time

Thin places, where the distance between heaven and earth collapses…    Monday morning I woke up, surrounded by sleeping children who had decided to camp out in our bedroom while Drew was away.   No one was stirring yet and the house was still dark and completely quiet except for the whirring of the bedroom […]

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Fat Ass, Girl.

She takes the cart as we walk out of Costco.   It’s full of heavy items and she’s just been teasing me about getting old and not having the strength to push and lift.  She loves to tease me so I’ll just let her have it.   She gets to do the pushing. As we […]

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Sweet Freedom

If you know me, you know I’m not a person who would call myself patriotic. But I’ve been thinking more and more about freedom in this country and how I’ve used it and taken advantage of it. This July 4th, I give thanks for my freedom and my country. I am thankful that I live […]

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