I'm Going to Leave Some Lighter Footprints

Dear Friends ~

Well, all of a sudden spring has vanished ... and it's gotten BUSY!  At your place, too?  I'm hoping the lazy days of summer will soon make their relaxing presence known and give our over-congested calendars a bit of a rest.

I know I need a bit of a breather and I'm guessing you might, too.

I am excited to be guest posting at Debby Hudson's pretty soon and will be finishing up the Creating a Haven series over at her place.  I love how our emphasis on home both emerged at the same time.

And I'll be joining Alecia Simersky over at her online home for her Calling All Men series.  The subject is serious and important, and if you have a man in your life, you're not going to want to miss it.  She's asked me to share what I've seen men struggle with most in my years as a counselor.

You might be surprised at my response.

I'll be sharing both these posts with you here as they come up.

After writing my heart out over the recent three mini-series {marriage, and then single women and the church, and finally, creating a haven}, I'm gonna slow down for just a bit.  I'll still be around, but my footprint will be light.

Here's the links if you missed out on any of the posts.  And honestly?  You guys are the smartest / funnest / most creative bunch ... and the kind, supportive camaraderie that built along the way was even better than the posts themselves.  I kid you not!


The weeks ahead are filled with visits from family and friends, a good handful of appointments, and taking care of a couple of the kiddos for a few days.

And this is the time when, somehow even more than ever, we're remembering my dad who died suddenly last summer, the day after we moved here to do life with my mom and him.  Right now, his birthday / my parents' 64th anniversary / Father's Day / the day God took him home are all colliding together.

It's beyond hard.  We all miss him terribly.  And I know that many of you understand because you've lost a parent, too.

And little Tyler's 2nd birthday would have been next month ... and oh, I can't even begin to find the words.  If your family's ever lost a child, you understand that the grief is pretty much unspeakable ... and alters your family in excruciating ways that just can't be explained.

This offering fills you in on what happened in our family last summer.

So, that's what's happening here.  We'll keep in touch, but maybe not quite as much.  I hope that's ok on your end.

Love you guys ~

If you didn't sign up for Emily Freeman's 7 Days of Still Moments, run, don't walk, over to her place.  My soul is soaking up her beautiful daily offerings.  What a delightful treasure.  You won't want to miss out.

And here's another 'yes, please, thank you very much!' ... Break Out of That Rut and Make Your Own Longest Day Ever.  Thumbs up to Deidra Riggs' serendipitous, much-needed invitation.