The Whole World is a Family

A week after Hurricane Harvey hit their community, my Texan friend’s 6 year old son asked a question as he helped pass out 150 sack lunches around a flood-affected neighborhood Sunday morning. “Why is everyone smiling when they’ve lost everything?” She answered,...

Neighbors

One knock on the door turned my world upside down. Our family had been having a wonderful evening with my 3rd floor neighbor and her son. We went to the local park in our Chicago neighborhood and then came back to our condo for Chinese food delivery. Amidst the...

First Day

The first “day” of Kindergarten for my 3rd boy was over and I was waiting outside with the other parents, anxious to see how he did. It was only a half-day Kindergarten, but he was my homebody, often content to play with his toys for long hours by himself. Did he...

Surviving Back to School Madness

I did it. Well, almost. It’s only taken me 4 days but I finally have one comprehensive school supplies shopping list for my four children. Yes, it’s that special time again. The time that all mothers and fathers look forward to with anticipation and joy. What can...

“I’m Quiet!”

“Are you excited about camp?” I asked my daughter as I drove her to her first away camp. “Yeah, and a little nervous” she admitted. “Oh, you will have such a great time,” I assured her, practically choking back my own tears. I figured she didn’t need her Momma...

Camp Confidence

“Can I come home?” my 12 year old Boy Scout camper said last night with a bit of a puppy dog look on his face. It had been rainy, muddy, muggy, and buggy by mid-week at Scout Camp. Seeing his parents at Family Night only reminded our kiddo of: air-conditioning,...