On Birthday Cards and Aunt Charlotte

Each year for as long as I can remember, I would receive a birthday card from my Aunt Charlotte. It didn't matter where I was in the world - that card always came. While other aunts lived in nice suburban houses with picket fences and bay windows, Aunt Charlotte lived in the city - New … Continue reading On Birthday Cards and Aunt Charlotte

Dear Dorothy – A Letter to my Mother-in-Law

Tomorrow I will board a plane and travel to Florida for my mother-in-law's funeral. Since we found out last week, I have been thinking about death - how final it is, how permanent it seems, and how unreal it is until you are actually back in a place where the person lived. I read these … Continue reading Dear Dorothy – A Letter to my Mother-in-Law

Honoring the Past; Rejoicing in the Present

I woke up tired - tired in the best sort of way. How do you capture an event that weaves your past and present together, giving you a tapestry that includes not only memories, but also a sense of being grounded in your current reality? This weekend brought together a group of people aged 16 … Continue reading Honoring the Past; Rejoicing in the Present

A Marriage and a Mirror

This past Friday, my husband and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary. Along with our anniversary, we celebrated a milestone - we met our first grandchild. There was something deeply moving about holding this small bundle of baby, knowing that he has no idea how beloved he already is. He is born to  parents that wanted him, planned … Continue reading A Marriage and a Mirror

The Story of a TCK Friendship

The first picture that was taken of me with my friend Lois was on the shores of the Dead Sea. There we are, two little girls - one blonde, the other dark-haired; one taller, the other shorter. We are holding hands with our fathers and we are oblivious to the fact that our lives are … Continue reading The Story of a TCK Friendship

On Making Recent History

I leave my Cambridge apartment mid-morning on a Friday. Usually I would be walking, but I am going to a store that is too far so I pull out of my driveway in our small, city car. The first person I see is our neighbor, Christopher. I wave and he waves back, a smile on … Continue reading On Making Recent History

When Faith Roots Go Deep

I sit in church, watching as children file slowly up to the front of the sanctuary. It is Easter Sunday in my parents church and the children are playing in a bell choir. The strains of "Just as I am, without one plea" begin coming from the speakers and on cue yellow, red, and blue bells … Continue reading When Faith Roots Go Deep

A Tribute to a High School Principal

Mr. Roub was principal of my elementary, middle, and high school from the time I was six until the time I graduated. There may have been a year or two in there where he was on a well-deserved furlough and Mr. Nygren took over, but overall it was Mr. Roub. He was a big man … Continue reading A Tribute to a High School Principal

Phantom Sensations

I've read that when someone loses a limb, it takes their brain a long while to adjust to the loss. For years afterwards they experience pain in the missing part. Suddenly the leg, no longer there, has an itch. It's called phantom pain. Although certainly not as tragic, I too experience a phantom sensation of … Continue reading Phantom Sensations

Memories of a Chatty Cathy Doll

When I was eight years old, I got a Chatty Cathy doll for Christmas. Chatty Cathy was the first talking doll. When you pulled a ring on her back, she would say one of ten or eleven phrases. Sometimes it was "I love you!" Other times it was "Let's play!" It didn't matter, when I … Continue reading Memories of a Chatty Cathy Doll

National Middle Child Day

Today is National Middle Child Day. I didn't know this until this morning when the joys of social media alerted me. I'm glad they did. Because my middle child, Micah, turned 27 on Monday and with traveling I had not had a chance to celebrate him through writing. The following is a blog post that … Continue reading National Middle Child Day

The Photo Albums of Our Marriage

Our love, our marriage is like a series of photo albums that is kept through the years.  The old albums show the beauty and arrogance of youth. We were young and lovely. Best of all, we knew everything. The smiles and laughter shine through every picture, every page. The trip to Egypt and Pakistan to get engaged, … Continue reading The Photo Albums of Our Marriage

Stones of Remembrance – A Life Overseas

Good morning! It's a rainy day in my part of the world, a day where I need to "remember the signs." I hope you'll join me at A Life Overseas today, as I resume blogging and enter back into this space. When I was four years old, my parents thought they may not be able … Continue reading Stones of Remembrance – A Life Overseas

On a Dad and his Birthday

        I wake up early in the morning. There is something that I am not supposed to forget, but I can't remember what it is! All I know is that it's important. I get up and wrap my sky-blue, winter bathrobe around my body. It's June but it is still cold, with temperatures in the high … Continue reading On a Dad and his Birthday

Hatching Baby Sea Turtles

I'm in a cocoon of snow. The entire world around me is white and cold. I am happily non-essential so there is no need to go anywhere and I am so grateful. I wanted to take this day anyway, to think about life as I enter a new birth year, to do some writing, to … Continue reading Hatching Baby Sea Turtles

In Praise of Tooth Fairies & Memories

We have moved a lot. My oldest daughter has lived in 17 houses in 29 years of life. My husband is on his 34th or 35th house. I haven't counted mine. In all the movement, creating and defining place becomes difficult and sometimes painful. What and where is home? Does 'place' matter? What is stability? … Continue reading In Praise of Tooth Fairies & Memories

Aunt Gracia and the White House Christmas Ornaments

Like so many others in the western world, we took down our tree this weekend. While there is much excitement and anticipation as we put it up, there is relief and refreshment as we take it down. Trees that come into our homes fresh and green, begin to shed needles in abundance, branches hanging heavy like the arms … Continue reading Aunt Gracia and the White House Christmas Ornaments