Resolutions

In 2016: I didn't send out Christmas cards. I didn't lose weight or participate in another half marathon. I didn't organize my home office. I didn't sign up tons of new clients. I didn't blog more. I didn't stop procrastinating. And that's OK because: I did spend more time with family. I did learn to let the worry go. I did new things out of my comfort zone. I did work on being a better partner. I did pray a lot. My resolution for 2017 is much of the same. I want to be kinder and more patient. I want to be available to my family and friends. And … [Read more...]

We’re Playing Basketball

Our kids are in all kinds of sports. As parents, we feel like it keeps them busy and out of trouble, or at least we hope so! My daughter just finished volleyball and less than two weeks later was scheduled her first basketball game. She’s played it since she was in first grade. I think it’s because she watched her big brother play so much. Her daddy coached her team for about five years until she hit middle school this year. He always emphasized the importance of playing defense. It was hard at times because most little kids just want to shoot the ball. It’s so much more exciting to … [Read more...]

The Story Behind The Picture

In am reposting this in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. I am honored to know these two amazing families and share their incredible story of faith and love.  This picture has been circulating around the Internet for quite awhile. It went viral after it was posted on the International Down Syndrome Coalition's Facebook page. It was part of a campaign to promote awareness of those with DS. It was a collaboration between the local Down Syndrome Association of San Antonio and the IDSC. I can think of a couple of reasons why it touched so many people's hearts. The little girl in the … [Read more...]

The Little Church

Last Sunday morning, I made the long drive home from East Texas. I was all by myself and had hours to ponder life, soak in the beautiful scenery from my childhood and pray. There was so much to pray about. Where did I start? There were so many family members and friends heavy on my heart.   I kept thinking of my sweet mom. She always had a list of people to pray for on a daily basis. When I couldn't immediately find her in the house, I knew to look for her in her bedroom. She escaped away with her rosary. It was her source of comfort, especially as she grew older and had a … [Read more...]

By Denise

The other day as I was quickly scrolling through Facebook, I came across a post by a friend who grew up in my hometown of Kilgore, Texas. She had posted a poem that she had written. She prefaced it, "I don't write often much less do I share when I do write. I wrote this tonight and am just putting it out there." We have been FB friends long enough for me to know that this was very out of character for her. She always seemed so shy in high school. I had a feeling that this might have been her moment to take a chance and be brave. There is such a feeling of vulnerability when you do something … [Read more...]

How Lucky I Am

      Someone in California was sold the winning Powerball ticket. I can't even fathom how their life is going to change. We didn't even get one single number in the two tickets that we purchased. We had fun fantasizing about what we might do with the money.  My family wanted to travel with our potential  winnings. Hawaii was the first place on our list. They couldn't think of many material things that they would want to buy: I couldn't either. I only wanted to remodel the kitchen and add a room on to the back of the house. Maybe that's what you … [Read more...]

Trailblazers for Down Syndrome

Last week, I attended the Women in the World event at the St. Anthony Hotel. It was a morning of inspirational stories told by women from all over the globe. These were powerful discussions of issues affecting women's lives today. I was fortunate enough to meet one of these women who was being honored for her contribution to helping those with special needs. Maria Dellapina, is the founder and inventor of Specs4Us, which is an eye frame line designed for children and adults with Down syndrome. The optician and single mother of four, designed and created the frames after failing to find … [Read more...]

A Summer Sunrise

We just unpacked the last piece of luggage from which will more than likely be our final trip of the summer. Tomorrow kicks off football practice for our oldest and basketball camp for one of the youngest. And can you believe that one of our daughters wants to shop for school supplies today?  She just can't hold off one more day! Most of our trips this summer revolved around family. This last trip was in my hometown of Kilgore,Texas. There was some playing of golf, catching up with friends and family, a lot of eating and even a little bit of fishing. Only one child likes to … [Read more...]

Double Digits

Ten. One and a Zero. Diez. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and now 10. It went that fast. I will never forget looking up at the monitor in the doctor's office and seeing not one, but two bright heartbeats. And then hearing the news that there would two girls. I wanted you to be just alike. I dressed you up in matching clothes for years and years. I wanted everyone to treat you the same. Silly me. You are both so marvelous in your own special way. And exactly as God meant you to be. I marvel in the love that you share so effortlessly with your brother. I know that … [Read more...]

A Yellow Rose

I’ve gotten to the point in life that I am having to attend a lot of funerals. It’s not exactly something that I look forward to but in some unexpected ways, they’ve become a place of comfort. My earliest memory of Chris Dukes was hearing her high heels tap down the long hallway that lead to my daddy’s office. As she turned the corner with her boys in tow, I saw her bright red hair and even brighter red lipstick. She was wearing a white, starched shirt, black pencil skirt and sling back black pumps. And as she stepped into the lobby area full of people waiting their turn to see the … [Read more...]

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