When Hope Meets Reality

I thought we’d write a book together some day. There was even a title for it – “An Unlikely Friendship.” Many of you have followed this story and have been praying and cheering from the sidelines. I didn’t expect things to go the way they have in the last few months. Continue reading “When Hope Meets Reality”

Another Great Birthday

Most of my birthdays pass quietly, but this year and last were different. Last year was the party where I celebrated the big 5-0 with friends and family. I was celebrated and encouraged by those who took their time to be there and the written words they gifted me are a treasure.

This year, my day began with my daughter, Katelyn, taking me to Shenandoah Joe for coffee. It was a fun and special way to start the day. Continue reading “Another Great Birthday”

When the Loss of a Parent is “Complicated”


The memories and sadness come sporadically. On Saturday, I glanced at my watch and saw the date – June 23. It was my dad’s birthday. He would have been 88 that day.

Ours was never a close relationship. There’s a lot of baggage and much left unresolved.  By the time I was ready to start tackling those difficult memories from my earlier years, my dad’s dementia had progressed significantly. It was impossible to get answers or have discussions.  Continue reading “When the Loss of a Parent is “Complicated””