The Faces of Haiti

reflections on a mission trip to Haiti

His face was smudged with dirt.  He wore a red and blue striped shirt and no pants. When I stepped off the truck, he immediately engaged me in a childlike version of patty cake.  Because of the language barrier, I used only my hands to show him the mechanics of how to cross our arms […]

MAY-hem

being fully present in the beginnings, endings, joy and sorrow of May

The month of May is a blessing and a curse.  I’m guessing you have the same love hate relationship with it as me.  On one hand there is so much to celebrate: graduations, birthdays, end of school, beginnings of bright new futures.  But there’s so much to do!  With all the events, tasks and occasions it’s […]

When Fixing it is Not the Answer

How to support the people you love

don't fix it

It’s hard to believe we have lived in New Mexico for almost five years, and that my second child is graduating from High School in four weeks.  When we first moved here it was hard for my kids to adjust.  I remember vividly many days of sorrow, and each of them having their “moments.”  As […]

3 Qualities of a Great “Neighbor”

loving your neighbor

I once had a neighbor who worked full time during the days, and I was a stay-at-home mom. Our paths hardly ever crossed for conversation, until I realized she got the mail at the same time every day.  Instead of rushing to the mailbox moments after the postman delivered my mail in the middle of […]

The doorbell, a towel and a hide-a-key

Loving a stranger in need

The doorbell rang in the middle of the day.  I assumed it was the UPS man, but trod down the stairs anyway to have a look.  When I opened the door, a stranger wrapped in a towel over her bathing suit with no shoes on sheepishly said, “I’m sorry to bother you, but we’re renting […]