Reflecting on Another Birthday

Just a few days ago I was blessed to celebrate another birthday — 61 to be exact! Normally I wouldn’t let the world know it was my birthday, but this year I want to, for a purpose. Birthday girl Every birthday I celebrate is very significant for me. When I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis […]

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Compassion Builds the Parent-Child Bond

Parenting is Hard We face huge challenges trying to effectively parent in this ever changing, difficult world. It is hard to live in, never mind raise children in. Being a parent gives us indescribable joy, and also zaps us of everything—energy, finances, time, and sometimes even confidence. Building emotional closeness with your children is the […]

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Getting Your Kids to Listen

We all want to be listened to, respected, and taken seriously by our loved ones, friends, workmates…and yes, our kids! It’s hard when they don’t listen to us, especially since we have such good things to say! The good news is that there are lots of ways to up the chances our children will pay […]

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Teaching Kids Compassionate Self-Talk

Last Sunday I had the privilege of talking with some young children about how to talk to themselves compassionately when they do something wrong. There were about 12 kids there and it was so fun to talk with them. I started by asking, “How many of you have broken something important of your mom or […]

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Grateful and Anticipating

Happy New Year my friends! As I reflect on 2017, I have so much to be thankful for. Grateful The highlight of my year was being able to attend our son’s wedding in Houston, TX, 2000 miles away. This was only possible because of the incredible generosity and prayers of so many who gave to […]

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Health Update and a Prayer Request

This week I’d like to update you about my health and ask for your prayers. Most of you know that I’ve been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal lung disease. Two weeks ago I visited my pulmonologist at University of California, San Francisco. I was a little nervous, because my last appointment 6 months ago […]

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Extending Compassion over the Holidays

  Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re probably exhausted. This year, I encourage you treat yourself with care and compassion, and extend that to your children and grandchildren too. Our hopes for the holidays, can be a mixed blessing. They help us plan what’s important to us, but can […]

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Keeping Christ at the Heart of The Season

Hello Everyone, We are now into Advent, the season when we anticipate and celebrate the birth of Christ. You may be familiar with Advent, or it may be new to you. It is a precious time of year that encourages us to be intentional to remember Christ and keep Him at the heart of this […]

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Embrace Your Imperfections

Last night I was sitting in the dark in my living room, with the lights of my Christmas tree casting a warm glow over the room. It’s one of my favorite things to do this time of year. As I gazed at the tree, I noticed both its beauty, and its imperfections. My tree has […]

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Mixed Feelings Around the Holidays

Happy Holidays??? Hello! The Holidays are just around the corner, and it’s normal to have mixed feelings about this time of year. For some of us, this time of year is a blessing, full of anticipation and positive feelings. For others, it is a painful time. This is especially true if you’ve been through a […]

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