Your worth

mstbeachYour worth does not go up or down with the inches of your waistline.

It is not measured in your salary or the money sitting in your banking account.

Your worth doesn’t diminish with the rejection of others. Nor does it increase with their approval.

Your status as single or married, dating or engaged, widowed or divorced doesn’t change the status of your worth.

Your worth isn’t affected by being able to have or not have children.

Homes, vehicles, clothing, all the things you own don’t give you an ounce of worth.

Beauty is not worth’s scale, regardless of what our culture might like us to believe. And worth isn’t acquired through fame and adoration.

Your worth doesn’t hang on a good education, or job, or a successful venture.

You see, you have worth that can’t Continue reading

Life not going as planned– a GOOD thing!?

img_7543I have discovered that, more often than not, life doesn’t go as planned. You too?

When Brance and I were newly married we desired to have a home overflowing with children. We would gaze starry-eyed over coffee and books and discuss how theoretically we would raise all of these blessings. It was unknown and exciting to begin this journey together. We both were blessed with good, loving families and we so looked forward to building our own.

When the two pregnancies I experienced proved a huge trial to our young family (24/7 nausea and vomiting for 9 months–Brance basically having to move his office home to care for me), we dreamed of growing through adoption. And yet, our living and working situation over the last 5 years has prevented that from happening as well. Life doesn’t always go as planned.

I was fortunate to spend most of my growing up years in one location and in one home. Our roots went deep there and I have fond memories of every nook and cranny of the home my dad built for our family. I think that because of this, I imagined that I, too, would Continue reading

Leaves changing and Life-changing

img_7683Brance and I took the girls downtown today to enjoy some of the beautiful fall foliage that is making an appearance in Boston.

fall-colorsAlthough the foliage map says we are at peak in this part of the country, we have found that the city takes about 2 weeks longer than the surrounding area to reach the full glory of fall.

img_7686Brance recently came across an article that verified our little theory. Apparently, all the pavement and bricks and cement retain heat making fall come later than it would otherwise— not just to Boston but other major metropolitan areas as well. Like, obviously, NYC!!

img_7685Good to know as you plan your foliage trips, right? I can imagine it would be disappointing to plan and save, wanting to see the Boston Common or Central Park in all their fall splendor, only to arrive two weeks early and there be a spattering of color like today (even though it was still very pretty see).

But it’s coming. Fall’s coming! And if what we saw today is any indication Continue reading

To vote or not to vote

us_flag_backlitI realize that politics are a very personal, sensitive topic and that this pending presidential election is especially contested. Not everyone will agree with this short post. You are welcome to share your own thoughts in the comments. I’d love to hear them. I am sure that most of us would agree that one thing that makes our nation so great is that its citizens are entitled to their own opinions and are free express them. For that, we are incredibly grateful, right?

This election cycle many of us have found ourselves in an interesting, if not disturbing, situation. For conscience’s sake we will not, can not, even, cast a vote for either major presidential candidate.

And we aren’t the typical undecided voter or those who vote sporadically or on a whim. We have faithfully voted in local and national elections since the privilege was granted to us at our passage into adulthood. We gratefully embraced our civic “duty”. Many of us are registered with a political party.

We have not always been thrilled or in complete agreement with every candidate we have entrusted with our vote over the years. Yet, we have seen the merit of gifting our vote to the most Continue reading