• grace,  Growth,  Life

    Check in With Your People – A Lesson Learned in Tough Times

    I was 26 years old when I gave birth to our first daughter. She was born a week late and weighed in at over nine pounds. My doctor had repeatedly told me, every week leading up to the birth, that she would be seven pounds, tops. We had some complications during the birth, and she was put in the NICU to be monitored for 5 days. She required a feeding tube inserted through her belly button, as well as breathing treatments administered around the clock. The rug was pulled out from under us, and we found ourselves stunned, facing a situation we never imagined possible. The gamut of emotions was…

  • grace,  Growth,  Life

    Heavy Feelings and Lite Clam Chowder

    My phone was blowing up with emails yesterday. Maybe yours was, too. Updates about closures and cancellations flooded my inbox. So when yet another email came through, I simply didn’t want to open it. But there it was. Canceled. No more sports for the foreseeable future. My daughter has found her niche in competitive volleyball. In just this first season, she’s gained so many life lessons. Additionally, she’s gained self-confidence and courage that has helped begin to shape the person she is becoming. But now it’s over. All practices and tournaments are canceled. In a matter of seconds. I’m feeling some feelings right now. I think we all are. And…