no place like home (time to visit)

20140516-204533.jpgThere is the most beautiful moon hanging out just outside my bedroom window tonight. Many nights I look up and dream of home.

No, I’m not from outer space nor is home located on the moon.

I guess it’s because home sometimes feels as distant as the moon is from earth. I miss my family. I don’t care how old I get, having my mom or dad wrap their arms around me and squeeze tightly will be a comfort that can never be replaced. Sitting with my siblings, laughing and acting like we are children, is heart-warming entertainment.

I miss my friends as well. Not to take anything away from the wonderful friends I’ve made here. However, I’m overdue a heart to heart or two.

It’s been five years since I last traveled home. It’s time for a visit…actually, well past time.

I’m so excited that by this time next week, I will be among family and friends probably trying to out-talk each other, most certainly sharing laughter and joy and my heart will be singing!

As I stare out my window tonight, I’m thinking, “I wonder how much has changed?”

Most likely, everything has.

Will I be a stranger in my own homeland? Out of touch?

In some ways, the answer to those questions is definitely, “yes”. I wouldn’t have a clue about what’s “in” or “hip” or “trendy”.

However, no distance or amount of time can make me a stranger…for love is amazing -bonding hearts together.

I might, however, end up on the receiving end of a few finger waves since I’ve been driving on the wrong side of the road for the past 11 years.
My driving skills may be a bit rusty.

4 more sleeps!

I can’t wait….be sure to check for photos. I’ll have so much to show you!


how to make a difference in someone’s life

first year anniversary

A year ago today, I was coming out of a bit of a fog in my journey. As I was reflecting on the places my journey had taken me to, I couldn’t help but think of the numbers of people in the world who may be walking through the fog of life unable to see what was in front of them or where their journey would lead them. I could relate to how the heart reacts and wanted to share a few of the insights I had gathered along the way.

I sat down and embarked on a new chapter in my life by signing up to write a blog. I was terrified. I have always struggled with opening my heart by journaling because I was very protective of the treasures that reside within my heart. I skipped the journal and went straight for the very public, open forum of blogging. I had no clue what I was doing (sometimes, I still don’t). However, I wanted to share hope, encouragement, and wisdom in a way that might help at least one other person in this big, wide world know that they could keep traveling their journey and make it through the difficult times.

The response has been overwhelming. You, my readers,  have become an amazing part of my world.

Thank you for taking this journey with me. Thank you for your patience as I have been learning each step of the way. Thank you for your continued support as my life commitments have pulled me away for longer periods of time than my heart has desired.

WordPress notified me that as of today, I have been blogging for one year. What a rewarding journey.

I hope that you will continue to read, find inspiration and hope.

Thank you for sharing this part of my journey and enriching my life as only you can!


a good use for the bad things in life

Not one of us is exempt from difficult times. There are days and events that take our breath away and cause us to think that we might not make it to the next breath. We gasp for air and wonder how in the world we will make it through the situation.

We have all been there.

Yet, here we are. We made it through…stronger, wiser and better.

Questions can plague us as to “why” and “how”. However, if we can take those events, those experiences and make something beautiful out of them…those events become the opportunities that cause us to shine and bring value to the journey we are on.

Don’t allow this difficult moment define your future.  Don’t allow it to define how you view the world. Don’t allow it to cause you to give up and look at your journey in a hopeless way.

Be hopeful…that there is a way through…and no matter how difficult it is today…that you will take the bad things in life and make something beautiful.

This video encouraged and inspired my heart today. I hope it will do the same for your heart.