Four Lessons From A Dream Come True

One month ago today, the dream came true. After a decade of hoping, more than seven years of writing, two years of editing, and lifetime of living a hard-to-live story, Undone: Making Peace With An Imperfect Life came to life. {this is me, sitting in the quiet, drenched in thankfulness, amazed} The past month has been a […]

What Easter Means To Me

She sent me this picture yesterday. My mom, God bless her. She pulled it from a folder of old photos labeled “1970 – 1975.” I smiled when I saw it. Then, tears. It was taken Easter Sunday, either 1974 or 1975. My mom and dad, little brother and me. Back when mom made her own dresses and […]

When A Life Becomes a Story

I didn’t expect all the gift contained. Or how it would give back to me a hundred times over in the years that followed. I only saw a twenty-by-fifteen inch package, give or take, wrapped hastily in recycled wrapping paper. It was Mother’s Day 2006, when my boys were still young enough to bounce like Winnie-the-Pooh’s Tigger at the mention of […]

Video Interview: Colleen Swindoll-Thompson, Insight For Living

It was the day before surgery. My last day with an unaltered voice and the last day of relative “normal” before the long and grueling months of surgery, treatment and recovery. So much was packed into that one day. Imagine all you would need to accomplish if you knew the next three to six months you’d […]

For Want of Beautiful

I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the woman I saw. She looked old. Unable to wear makeup, dark circles rounded her eyes. In spite of twenty pounds weight loss, her cheeks and lips appeared puffy, swollen. Her skin, chapped red, nose to chest, showed evidence of burns from treatment. Her hair—thinned to half its former […]