Advent: “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.” The Advent Season is preparing for an event, Christmas Day, and the celebration of the coming of a notable person. Preparation is often in the terms of baking cookies, buying gifts, decorating, and special gatherings. As much as I enjoy Read More ….
I take a look at my kids’ Facebook pages and wonder, “Why is the socialization question still being asked of homeschoolers?” My kids, all 30+, have a predictable group of social media friends: family members, work colleagues, and school friends. Yes, that’s right “school friends.” Not all of in this Read More ….
He blasted out the door with the force of a rocket leaving the bounds of earth. Rocks flew as he hit the gas pedal to speed out of the driveway. The screen door now had the bottom broken out and hung by one hinge. The front door knob had left Read More ….
Like most Americans, I’m saddened by the tragedy in Arizona this past weekend. I’m praying for families who have lost a loved one, and for those who are injured and healing. Also, I’m specifically praying for the parents of the shooter, Jared Loughner. My husband and I heard the news Read More ….
My son had been without medication for about a year. Despite that worrisome situation, he at least appeared to be stable. Then the decline started. This time it’s a slow setback, like lava moving down the side of a volcano. I know that at any moment it can burst into Read More ….
One of the hardest steps for a family is accepting that a loved one has a mental illness. The next hardest is accepting that you are also a “victim” of the illness. I don’t like using the word “victim;” it is such an overused word. Mental illness, like so many Read More ….
My son attended our family Thanksgiving gathering. It was good to see him; but that’s about all that happened. He didn’t interact much, only responding when asked questions. Kept away from the crowd of people. Ate little. He was here, but he wasn’t. It’s not uncommon for our ill loved Read More ….
How often do you enter November with vision of an old-fashioned, family holiday? “This year will be different,” you say to yourself and any family members who will listen. I’ve given up this fantasy, and choose instead to be content with a Griswold Christmas. (If you haven’t seen National Lampoon’s Read More ….
(This is the beginning of a series about helping our loved ones and ourselves through the stresses of the holidays.) It’s that time of year again: The Holidays. The time from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day is probably the most stressful period in America. Expectations are high; reality is low. Read More ….