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I sat at a corner table in my local coffee shop on a beautiful spring morning recently, waiting for my friend to arrive. That's when the parade began. Eight gray-haired ladies, dressed in varying shades of pastel polyester, scooted past my table, one at a time, a few in pairs. They chatted, waving a free hand to one another while clutching a...read more
"It rains on all of us. Some of us just carry an umbrella." My chin dropped at the soft-spoken wisdom of my friend Genie. This woman is walking through a cancer diagnosis, she recently lost her husband and then she lost her job. But my friend is quick to say she couldn't survive the storms of life without her "umbrella" -- her faith. If each...read more
“Heroes aren’t supposed to die. How do you say good-bye to someone who saved your life?” My nephew’s tearful good-bye to his Grandpa was almost more than I could bear. As I wrapped my arms around his burly frame, I remembered the little guy who’d spent summer days at our farm, playing in the creek and jumping on the trampoline with his...read more