First Days Can Be Tough

First Days Can Be Tough

First days can be tough. Especially for the overthinkers. The big feelers. The sensitive ones. For us, the anxious souls who don’t slip into newness with ease, first days are met with dread rather than anticipation. The worst case scenario seems entirely possible....
Write Your Own Ending

Write Your Own Ending

For the majority of my life I’ve hated Father’s Day. A day meant to honor that man in my life that was a solid foundation. A steady presence. A protector. A day set aside for a man I’ve never known. That not knowing is tough. Harder some days than...
Lighting the Path

Lighting the Path

Within an hour of learning that the highly successful fashion designer Kate Spade had taken her own life, I learned of a local teenager who’d made the same gut-wrenching choice. I can think of no clearer example of how nondiscriminatory mental illness is. Kate...
Picking Up The Pieces

Picking Up The Pieces

It is often said that those who serve together in the military or police form a deep bond that the outside world cannot understand. These individuals are willing to sacrifice themselves in order to serve their brothers and sisters. One such soldier came to Acres for...
Pushing Life Away

Pushing Life Away

This is yet another testimony to the amazing, life-saving therapy of Acres for Life. Monica’s childhood was nowhere close to idyllic. Instead, it was brutal. Monica’s mother had been left on the doorstep of an orphanage as a baby. She wasn’t adopted...
Who We Used To Be

Who We Used To Be

My little family does a lot together. My husband and I don’t typically go out much without our son. Fortunately, we enjoy many of the same things and each other. I’m usually happiest when we are together. However, from time to time my husband and I need...
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...