Guts Does Not Always Equal Glory

When I think of the word “glory,” several images and phrases come to mind. “The glory of God” with rays of sunshine bursting through the clouds at just the right moment. “All guts and no glory” for the athletes who work their tails off in a sports game and end up losing in the end. […]

Keep Finding Ways to Gather

I’ve always been a gatherer. In middle and high school, I was the one who threw the parties and coordinated going to lunch together. In college, I got a little more intentional, nurturing life in my sorority in new ways and creating small pockets to stay better connected to each other. Early marriage my husband, […]

We Need a Different Kind of Warrior

It’s a rough season for American politics. For those of you who live in the United States, no matter which direction you vote or value, the division is grossly apparent. If you live abroad, you are watching an interesting season for our young country, and it’s hard not to be embarrassed. As brutal, draining, exhausting, […]

Riding the Edge

This year is a big year for my husband, Jose, and I.  After parenting five kids for 26 years, our youngest—twins—have left for college and we have an empty nest. There are no more kids at home to run and fix dinner for, no more watching games on freezing Denver nights, no more school programs […]

Golden Repair

Years ago a friend told me about the traditional Japanese art form of Kintsugi, where a precious metal brings together the pieces of a broken pottery item and also enhances the breaks. “Kin” means golden and “tsugi” means repair. Together it means “golden repair.” Golden repair. Bringing together the broken pieces and enhancing the breaks. […]