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Love in a Box

When I became a parent I was very keen that our children would understand that Christmas is for giving and not just for getting. I wanted our children to realise that many children throughout the world do not have the material goods with which we are blessed here in the UK and Ireland.

Around that time I heard about Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a very simple concept: you find an empty shoebox, gift wrap it, then fill it with love in the form of toys, sweets, pencils, notebooks, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and a flannel,...


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All I Got Was This Crummy Tee Shirt

Returning from an extended trip, a friend of mine called and said, “I brought you back something!” I anticipated the BEST. After all,...


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The Best Kind of Friend

As the Thanksgiving season nears, I’m increasingly grateful for my friends. My life is rich with friendships old and new, a beautiful mark of...


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Hope Deferred

This Saturday I’ll have the honor of standing next to one of my dearest friends as she says, “I do” to the man of...


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Who will be at your funeral?

Take a minute to think about your funeral.  Morbid, I know.  But close your eyes and imagine what it would be like.  Who will...

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The Boy I Loved

Not that long ago, I was a silly, young girl, head over heels for a boy I had just met. Not long ago,...


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It’s Not Always Hard

I’m sure they had the best of intentions. They saw two barely-adult kids, giddy with excitement and flaunting a diamond only large because it...


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Why The Christians Can’t Afford To Remain Silent About Sex

I will never forget my first sexual education experience. I sat in a classroom next to a dozen of my pre-pubescent friends as we...


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Putting an End to Valentine’s Day

Is that love in the air? Or has popular culture just blasted us with so many ads that at this point all of...


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We’ve Got a Good Life

Sometimes, it’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day grind, where you’re cleaning something about 60% of the day, and preventing disaster the...

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