Five Minute Friday – LISTEN

Every Friday, I join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE.

I’m amazed again that the prompt word this week is perfectly suited for the circumstances around me. This week, the word is LISTEN. Go!



What an intense week of noise, noise, and more noise! My eldest son is in the final stages of his Grade 12 Trial Exams, and he’s been home all week studying. No, he’s not the typical kid who studies in silence. He’s a drummer. He’s called to be a drummer. He thinks like a drummer. He studies best with LOUD music and drums going on in the background. It’s how his brain works. Read more

Five Minute Friday – HEAL

heal-1It’s Friday again! Every week join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is HEAL! Go!  (The // indicate the start and stop of five minutes.)


// Healing is a beautiful thing. It’s also a mysterious thing. This is coming from someone who has struggled with chronic tendonitis for 25 years. Have I prayed for healing? Of course. Have I trusted Him for breakthrough? Definitely. Have I stopped praying cuz I didn’t want to be disappointed again? Oh dear… Read more

My Manifesto of Motherhood

manifesto-1As yet another dear friend waits with bated breath for the arrival of her precious little girl, I lay here reminded. Oh, am I reminded. In fact, I should be sleeping peacefully for two hours already, but the memories keep rolling over me. I have had such a wealth of love and experience in my journey as “Mom.”

  • Was I the perfect mom? Not a chance.
  • Do I deserve a trophy for “MomAwesomeness”? (Ooooh, wouldn’t that be nice?! Is there even such a thing?)  No, I’m afraid there will always be someone more awesome.
  • Was I real? Definitely.
  • Did I do my best with what I knew at the time? Absolutely!

If only I could relive those early years with the wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and the healthy dose of ‘perspective’ that I now possess. I’m not ready for teenagers to leave home and head to college! I’ve finally mastered the art of raising toddlers, managing homework, and wading through the hormonal years.

So, my dear friends, before the passion lifts and I fall into a dreamless sleep, here’s what I’m brewing about. If I were to turn back the clock and start the MOM-journey again, this is what I would say. This is what I would promise. This is what I believe about parenting… Read more