December 31, 2017 (365/365) • Cheers to 2018!

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'" - Alfred Lord Tennyson

Make a Wish!

May 13, 2017 (133/365)

“We can never give up longing and wishing...There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.” ~ George Eliot. I wonder what Piper wishes...


April 24, 2017 (114/365)

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."  

- Helen Keller

When I planted sixty-four pink and white bulbs last fall, I dreamed of enjoying bunches of blooms. Instead, I have one perfectly beautiful tulip and 15 more buds that still haven't revealed their potential. Fingers crossed!


March 2, 2016 (062/366)

"Spring stirs under silent snow. " - Terri Guillemets

It's so hard to patient, but daffodil sightings (even in the market) give me hope. 


September 11, 2015 {254/365} Remembering

As I walked across campus shortly after 8:00 am, at almost exactly the time that the south tower of the World Trade Center was struck fourteen years ago today, I paused under our flag flying proudly yet somberly at half mast. The air was crisp and the sky was the same bright blue that it was on that tragic September morning that seems like yesterday for me. I was teaching communications to a group of eighth graders when a colleague entered my classroom and whispered in my ear to turn on news. In the minutes to follow, my room, one of the few with a television, quietly filled with teachers and students who watched in disbelief as the Twin Towers collapsed. The rest of the day was a blur of tears, phone calls, and parents arriving to hold their children close. 

This morning, as I entered the elementary school and navigated through a sea of excited students just beginning their day, it occurred to me that none of them was even born on that horrific day. In fact only our high school students were alive in 2001, and it is unlikely that any of them remembers the pain that so many Americans experienced on that Tuesday morning fourteen years ago. So rather than dwell on the fear and sorrow, perhaps our legacy to this generation and those that proceed them is to focus on our strength as a nation, on our love for our country, and on compassion and respect for diversity. And while we'll never forget that terrible day, Cardinal Timothy Dolan reminds us that "We must never allow September 11th to become a time for protest and division. Instead, this day must remain a time for promoting peace and mutual respect."


Please keep our sweet little Piper in your thoughts tonight. She has been sleeping a lot and hardly eating. Tonight she was shaky and didn't want to play, so we took her to the emergency vet. Her symptoms of lethargy, fever, shaking, decreased appetite, neck and jaw sensitivity all point to Steroid Responsive Meningitis (SRM), also know as Beagle Pain Syndrome. She is receiving IV fluids and pain meds tonight and will undergo blood tests, a spinal tap, and possibly an MRI tomorrow to confirm the diagnosis. We are praying that she is diagnosed early and is responsive to the subsequent steroid treatment so that she can come home to us soon. We love her so much!

July 7, 2015 {188/365} Anchored in Hope

"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul. A hope both sure and steadfast." - Hebrews 6:19

Hope Springs

March 24, 2015 {83/365}  "Hope springs..."

"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn." - Lewis Grizzard

After a few days of warm temperatures and sunshine, it feels like winter has returned this week with snow flurries, temperatures struggling to exceed freezing, and biting March winds. Yet upon careful observation, signs of spring, like these tiny, delicate columbine leaves, are indeed beginning to emerge!  


January 10, 2015 {10/365} "Fragile"

Life, happiness, dreams, love: “if only these treasures were not so fragile as they are precious and beautiful.” 

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe