Today I travel to Montana to visit my mom, siblings and a few of my nieces and nephews. It is interesting that, after 35 years, I still call Montana “home.” I grew up just a short drive from West Glacier, the gateway to Glacier National Park, pictured above. So what makes a place “home?” It’s …

Dave and I are in an awesome phase of parenting – empty nesters. Most parenting begins at the same place: infants and toddlers. The most basic job a parent has in this stage is to keep the children alive. Somedays it feels like herding cats. I remember the day I came upon my youngest daughter …

I am restless today. The restlessness is in my body, not my mind. My mind is at peace. It’s an odd combination for me. Read: Isaiah 26:3-4 What did I do today with a restless body and a peaceful mind? I helped my daughter. Her baby is just a bit over four weeks old and …

Tonight I am watching the Chicago Cubs play the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It is “authentic Cub fan night” and you are invited to send in your picture to be used later in the evening on the big screen. That is if you show yourself to be an authentic fan! Saturday evening …

Camping is foreign to some people. Maybe it is to you. I grew up camping. My childhood family of nine always had some sort of recreational vehicle – travel trailer, truck camper, renovated school bus, mini motorhome – we had it all at one time or another. Camping is a lot of work, especially with …

What does freedom mean to me? It means walking down a street unafraid that I will be stopped, questioned or imprisoned. It means choosing the car I drive, the house I buy, the clothes I wear, the food I eat and the water I drink. It means the opportunity to choose education, job training, working …

The first time I encountered a ropes course was my first year of teaching in 2008. Every fall the high school students participated in a three day event designed to build community. Interterm, as it was called, offered a different activity each day. I chose to go with the students to the ropes course. A …

I can’t help but think about family right now. As I scroll through Facebook, I see the well wishes to fathers and grandfathers and significant men from mothers, wives and daughters. Gratefulness for healthy families, silence when relationships are strained. We added a new granddaughter this week and I am so blessed watching my daughter …

Years ago, in a leadership training session, we utilized the Johari window model shown below. It was initially developed in 1955 by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingram to enhance communication in group settings by developing trust through sharing about yourself and learning about yourself by listening to what others said about you. The ultimate goal …

We wait. In lines. In traffic. At appointments. We wait. For test results. For seasons to change. For sun. For rain. We wait. For the pregnancy test to say “YES”. For the time to be right to pop the question. To buy the house. To sell the house. To change jobs. Life is full of …