Do you have an “X”? A burden you have to carry? A cross?

Little number 1 does. As of today. My momma heart aches.

I will help him carry it. I must. One day he will get tired of carrying it. He must. Forever.

Yes, I am thankful he does not have cancer. Or diabetes. Or asthma.

But this “X”. We expected it, but this child is such a miracle. We thought he would not have to carry “X” at 2 and 1/2.

Tomorrow is my birthday. The day we start a new normal.


Psalm 38:21-22 Do not forsake me, O LORD! O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O LORD, my salvation.


We are all recovering from something.






A bad relationship.

A hard day at work.

A harsh word spoken.


The definition of recovery:
1. A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
2. The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.

Proverbs 4:20-22 My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them and healing to all their flesh.

Romans 12:2 ESV Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Psalm 28:7 ESV The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.

John 10:10 ESV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Luke 15:3-4 ESV So He told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?

Let Him recover you today. He can be your strength.


Poor Z before he recovered from mosquito bites.


Do you see the rainbow in the midst of the dark clouds and the light shining through?


If you want to have a extra special place in my heart, love my children. Hug them. Tell them they are handsome. Run to them if they are hurt. Hold them. Teach them.

Don’t you think God feels the same way?

Nothing frustrates me as a parent more than when the kids are not getting along. The inevitable scream (or screech in E’s case), followed by stomping of feet, hitting, etc. When they calm down and reconcile, maybe start sharing, it is wonderful.

Don’t you think God feels the same way?

In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says He came, not to abolish the Law or Prophets, but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). In Matthew 7:12 He says, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” This is how we love. The next verse describes this way as narrow, but this way leads to LIFE!

If we love others, our Father is pleased. They are His children, just as we are His children. If we live peacefully with each other, sacrificing ourselves if need be, our Father is pleased. They are our brothers and sisters.

This not optional. This is LIFE!

John 10:10 ESV The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.


April Fool’s Part II

One year ago yesterday, I started blogging about our upcoming adoption from China. Little did we know at the time that it would be two. Boys. I call them Irish Twins. 🙂

One year ago today, one of my good friends lost her twin daughter. She was 7. God’s merciful hand prevented her from losing both girls. Would you please pray for my friend and her family? She has an older son and a daughter who will be 9 this month.

Life is so precious. So short. A vapor. Why do I waste time with things that do not make a Kingdom difference? Why?

We were reading last night at small group about Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. We backed up a little and started reading the beginning of John 12. This is the section where Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with ointment. The ointment cost about a year’s wages. There was one little part that struck me new in this reading. Verse 2 said “Martha served”. This is the same Martha who, in Luke 10, told Jesus to make Mary help her, and He told her that Mary chose the “good portion” by sitting at His feet and listening to His teaching.

Which would I rather have on my tombstone?

Lori served.


Lori poured herself out for Jesus.

John 12:3b The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.


Here are the littles eating edamame!