Blog Category: Inspiring

Finding Your Unique Purpose

September 8, 2017

The woman directly in front of me in aerobics class collapsed to the ground. I stood motionless in my white Reebok high tops shocked and conflicted – wishing I could help but knowing I’d do more harm than good. Another woman in our class moved with command towards the woman on the floor. She began giving CPR. If only I’d paid more attention in the […]

A Simple Act With Big Impact

May 8, 2017

Today is a hard day.  It is the five year anniversary of the death of our sweet boy Jenson. Two words … Monkeys and Montenegro … are helping me remember what we leave behind can far outlive our time on this earth. Last week multiple requests for Monkey Grins* came in. *For those new to the blog, you may be wondering what is a Monkey […]

Moments That Matter

November 9, 2016

It was red for over two hours.  Screaming teens and tweens.  The sound of loud music ripping throughout the arena as Taylor Swift performed song after song on her “Red” concert tour. We had decided on a whim that day to try and score tickets (or should I say Doug scored tickets and dropped my daughter Sydney and me off at the stadium while he […]

I’ll Take Care of You

April 24, 2016

The waiting is the hardest part.  I’m better once I know … It started Christmas Day with a seemingly innocent movement.  Hanging the stocking on the mantel had never been an issue before, but this time it triggered a consequence that far outweighed the simple action.  A total neck and back lock-up.  Guess I’m just getting old. Then other strange symptoms came from out of nowhere as my […]

Two Are Better Than One

December 12, 2015

The Christmas tree was up and “fluffed”.  Ornament hanging is my 9 year old daughter Sydney’s favorite part of decorating for Christmas.  But before we could get to the fun part, something else needed to happen.  My least favorite part of the whole process.  Stringing the lights. I pulled multiple strands of lights out of the Christmas boxes.  Every year I vow to take more care and time when […]

Good… love… light…

October 3, 2015

I felt it immediately when I walked in the room. The day was finally here – a day I’ve been eagerly looking forward to and scared silly about for months.  I would be sharing our story with the ladies of Life Fellowship (my home church).  Our story is heartbreaking yet inspiring in how Jenson lived with such joy despite so much pain.  Even in his darkest hour in […]

Good Times

August 16, 2015

  California.  Perfect weather.  Beautiful scenery.  Delicious food. Once a year Sydney and I re-visit our favorite California spots and re-connect with old friends.  It’s hanging with her friends Olivia and Hailey.  Grabbing pizza at Pizza My Heart.  Drinks at the “boat” Starbucks that overlooks the bay.  Eating yummy chicken tikka masala at Khana Peña Indian restaurant.  Pure bliss. But this year, Sydney made the trip even […]

Struggling to Fly

August 9, 2015

In the midst of our grief when Jenson passed away, something new started showing up constantly.  Butterflies.  I’d never really paid much attention to butterflies before the rainstorm of crushing grief saturated our life.  But they started to become a theme even a mom knee deep in grief couldn’t ignore. One day as I was working through the grief with my counselor Mary, I shared with […]

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