The Ultimate Gift

The Season of Advent is quickly coming to a close. Last Sunday, Rex gave a talk at our parish for an event called XLT. XLT is short for “exalt”, which means to highly praise. The night started off with a couple praise and worship songs. Then following Rex’s talk, our pastor processed in with the Blessed Sacrament for a time Continue Reading →

The Boy Who Healed My Heart

This little guy turned one this month. Gabriel Chase is his name. He is my nephew and godson. Gabriel’s life changed mine. So in celebrating his birthday, let me share with you the story about his life. To begin, you will need some context to understand what was going on in my life at the time. It was late fall Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Mother

A few months ago there was a motherhood challenge making its way through social media. Mothers posted a collage of pictures that make them happy to be a mom then tag and nominate other moms to do the same. Although I was not nominated, I have decided to partake.   [Picture 1: Taken on Labor Day Week 2012 at Alki Beach. Continue Reading →

Defining Question

Several weeks ago I wrote about the dreaded question but today’s story is about a defining question. I’ll take you back to a warm, crisp, blue skies kind of July day: invitations had been sent, flowers were in place, dresses were steamed; make up and hair were done; cameras were ready; guests were beginning to arrive. Months upon months of Continue Reading →

My desire to be a Dad

I Found Change and Didn’t Want It Hate. War. Killing. Racial & Religious Bigotry. Murders. Rape. Who wouldn’t have second thoughts about raising children or having a family in this senseless world? Rightly so! But I was up for that task, or so I thought. Being the youngest of four, I always yearned for younger siblings and from a young Continue Reading →