The Days In Between

The Days In Between

Many years ago I purchased a wooden sign that has since hung in our living room. It reads “These are the good old days” and I knew when I saw it that those words were true. I was happily married, lived in a new house, had a decent job, and was enjoying...
I Wish I Could Blame the Onions

I Wish I Could Blame the Onions

I cried today. That isn’t terribly unusual for me. A typical day involves me tearing up at some point. The tears come easily with empathy. They come out of joy as well. I wish I could blame the onions. Today though, I didn’t just tear up, today I wept. My...
An Intro to Acres for Life

An Intro to Acres for Life

Have you ever heard a story that gave you goosebumps? Have you ever struggled to make sense of something? Have you ever found a cause you felt called to support? I recently found a place where all three of these things happened. I heard stories that were the most...
2018 Word of the Year

2018 Word of the Year

It seems to be a popular thing these days to pick a word of the year. Since I have a thing for words this is a trend that I can get on board with. A few years ago, my word was stronger. Last year I chose the word still. I chose it because I felt like I needed to slow...

Letter to Logan

Dear Logan, Thank you. Not something you’ve been hearing much of in the last few days. I’ve been suspicious of you for a while now and your regrettable choice to post a vlog with a suicide victim confirmed my concerns. Like many kids, my son loves YouTube....
7 Simple Steps to a Better Year

7 Simple Steps to a Better Year

You know the drill. The new year approaches and you might feel compelled to jot down a few resolutions. We all want to do better, be better, live better and so resolutions seem like the thing to do. I’ve noticed that my resolutions are usually about giving up...
Leave Room for Magic

Leave Room for Magic

Some of my most vivid childhood memories are that of decorating for Christmas with my Grandma. I can remember the dusty smell of the Christmas boxes. I can envision the multi-colored lights reflecting off the paneling of the small living room walls. I can feel the way...
Could YOU Be The Cure?

Could YOU Be The Cure?

Some stories are sparked with passion and my fingers race to keep pace with the words formulating in my mind. Other stories marinade for months before ever coming to fruition. This story began as the later, it has remained unfinished on my computer for several months....
Made in Minnesota Gift Guide

Made in Minnesota Gift Guide

This is my favorite time of year. I love Christmas and am pretty fond of shopping. While Black Friday deals do offer some adrenaline rush they aren’t typically what I’m after for gifts. It is a great time to pick up things you need, but gifts should be...
The Last Bath

The Last Bath

As he scrubbed the dirt from his knees and splashed about I tried to be discrete about wiping my tears. I was happy after all. I was fully aware of what a gift this was. Rarely, do we know when the last time for something is. Often we think we can’t wait to be done...