Today the news was pelted with another story about a shooting at a high school.  As I listened to the news I was driving between the grocery store and home.  I noticed that I drove past 4 schools, 1 high school, 1 middle school and 2 elementary schools.  I imagined all of the children nestled in their classrooms.  Earlier in the day parents rushed through their Monday routine to get their week off to a great start.

As the parents said good-bye to their children I am sure they all envisioned the safety of classrooms, classmates and faculty.  How could a world like this be shattered with senseless violence?  I cannot imagine the agony of everyone involved in such a senseless act. 

Our future is swaying in the balance right now.  Our children deserve a childhood filled with love and laughter.  Safety should not be a preoccupation for their active minds.  We have to be a better society.  Have electronics separated us from our children?  Do you know what your kids are thinking?  feeling?  Who are their friends?  If they are hurting inside, would you know?  Would you know what to do?

I want to strongly encourage all of us to reach out to ALL of the young people around us.  They need us.  Children need role models.  Children need love.  Children need the safety to blossom and grow.  Please take a moment and think about the young minds you encounter.  We can all make a difference…reach out.

Children are a blessing from God.  They are our future.  We can do this.


Sky High Faith

Wow you just never know when it’s going to hit you.
Someone very close to me recently went skydiving. I was nervous and excited for her. It also called my faith to the frontlines. Faith in her judgement. Faith in the people helping her. Faith in the tools being used for the jump.

I never thought about it much outside of the context of day-to-day areas like health & well-being. I realize well-being and skydiving may not seem like obvious twins but in this case they both challenged my depth of faith.
As my baby flew in to the horizon for her great adventure, my faith was called out. I had to give it all up to God.  This wasn’t easy.  The situation was completely out of my hands – literally.  I decided to envision God was with her holding her in the palm of his hand gently guiding her moves and ultimately her landing.  Sounds a bit like everyday life doesn’t it?
I am happy to report, the jump was a huge success and my daughter is back on the ground.
She was exhilarated and I was blessed.

My children head to college this week and it gives me yet another opportunity to have faith.

Children present us with many gifts. I am grateful for their presence in my life and relish all of the lessons they bring.

Happy Anniversary Boy Scouts

Today is the 100 year anniversary of the Boy Scouts.  Let’s hear it for scouting!!!  Do you know their oath?

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Wow – imagine this oath was established 100 years ago.  Imagine the good this oath would have nationwide TODAY.  Scouting is one of the unsung hero’s of history.  This is the mission statement of the Boy Scouts:

The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.  Another timeless set of ideas that apply to our world today. 

You can usually spot a boy scout collecting canned food around the holidays and selling popcorn during other times of the year.  They raise funds to help support their programs.  They are engaged in many community programs ranging from helping the elderly to clearing yard waste.

Now couldn’t we use more boy scouts in the world?

Cheers for the Boy Scouts!  A fabulous tradition built on timeless character cornerstones.


Spring Cleaning

When was the last time you really cleaned house? 

I am referring to the ritual of going through drawers and closets and getting rid of anything you haven’t used in the last year.  Have you done this within the last year?  By the looks of my drawers and closets – I am overdue to clean….by a long shot. 

I am preparing for graduation and the visit of many loved ones.  I look forward to hosting this event.  It is times like these that help us all to reflect, celebrate and yes….clean!  I have been sorting, painting and organizing for a couple of weeks.  Perhaps you are also going through this exercise this spring?  It is a lot of work however it has hidden rewards.

There is something therapeutic about sorting through items and taking the trip down memory lane.  I have many items that I look at and I can remember the event or circumstance associated with it.  Some of these memories bring smiles, others bring tears and the ultimate response tends to be – “wow, I didn’t know I still had this.”  Then the rush of relief and familiarity washes through my mind as I celebrate the “stuff.”

Spring cleaning and clearing is a great time to reflect and prepare for a new season!  I am grateful for all of the memories and look forward to many more.  Congratulations to the class of 2010.

Mother’s Day Love

Mother’s Day.
What an interesting celebration. Isn’t everyday mother’s day? Doesn’t it apply to both men and women? The nurturing safety of a hug or a kind word when you need it most? I do realize men are at a disadvantage in that they cannot give birth however there is much mothering to be done after birth.

I spent my mother’s day trying to help coordinate an hour visit with a very dear friend and her daughter in our local airport. If you have seen “Up In The Air” you know the one. My friend’s daughter left for work in January and the 2 of them have been apart for the last 5 months….a VERY long time. Our daughter’s are best friends which makes this story even sweeter.

I was honored to help connect mother and daughter. However, we had company….dad, sister and other friends. It was a fast meeting and the entourage in the airport was entertaining.

I think about all of the families separated from loved one’s during Mother’s Day and other holidays. The space leaves an empty spot that can only be filled with love. The love of friends, family and those closest to us.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, a joyous Mother’s Day and most of all – I hope you remember to love and be thankful for the love of other.

Have a GREAT Week!

Tears of Joy

My gratitude has evolved in to tears lately.  I wonder how many other people may be taking the same journey with me this year?

You see, my youngest graduates high school next month and I officially join the club affectionately called the “empty nesters.”  I have found myself reflecting quite a bit lately and the tears have flowed freely.  I look back on major events and not so major events in the lives of my kids and the memories warm my heart. 

You know the ones, the first day of school, the bout of chicken pox over Christmas break, beautiful crayon artwork for the refrigerator and so much more.  As the cliché says; time flies. 

It certainly has flown. 

I have traded the worries of childhood boo-boos for the worries of young adults.  What will the future bring for them as adults?  Have I planted enough seeds of faith in them to sustain them for the challenges ahead?  Isn’t this the mantra of parenthood? 

As we make final plans for graduation I will continue to embrace the memories and remain hopeful in their future.  If you look in the eyes of a graduate you can see the spirit that has made our country great.  The spirit that drives innovation.  The spirit to succeed, make a change and develop a new frontier.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

Grease is More Than a Word

My daughter performed in the play “Grease” this weekend.  I was amazed at the level of talent from this group of high school students.  The production was beautifully cast and it was an outstanding performance.  The music, colors and energy were captivating and uplifting. 

There are high schools throughout America going through this same ritual this time of year…..what a blessing.  High School Musicals are something to celebrate and lift up.  If you have the opportunity to participate in one of these events I would strongly encourage you to make the investment.  It will be the best time and money you have spent in a LONG time.

I am grateful for the spirit of youth.  They bless us with hope, growth and change.  Look in their eyes and you can see tomorrow……..WOW!