Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

There is Irish soda bread on the snack table, everyone is wearing green, the sun is shining, and the bagpipes are playing. It must be Saint Patrick’s Day! Most of our celebration of this day happens the Sunday after, when my hometown hosts their annual parade. So since today is Throwback Thursday, I thought I…

Where Were You 14 Years Ago?

The photo above of my sisters and me at the park barely a twenty minute drive from my home was taken in 1995. On September 10, 2001 that skyline looked exactly the same as it does in that photo. By September 12, there was a mess of smoke. As weeks and months went by it began…

Uncle Tommy’s Final Journey

Last week, I said goodbye to you. You actually left us five months ago. You fought to come back to us and we prayed that you would. But this isn’t like those stories you read in the news or those people you see on the internet. We never got our miracle. God called you home.…

Five Hundred Million Shades of Purple

My cousin Anthony is probably one of the most lovable people I know. Every time I see him I get a bone-crushing hug, but it is so sweet I never ask him to lighten his grip. He sometimes calls me by my sister’s name, but the sentiment is so genuine it feels wrong to correct…

Flashback Friday: The Dreamfinder

The Dreamfinder. He is the man behind the original imagination ride at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park. He was the host, the leader, the dream keeper. He was pretty much awesome. And most of all, he was an incredibly fun “face character” to meet and greet around Epcot up until about 1998, when the ride…

Grounds for Sculpture

After getting some bad news and struggling through the last few weeks, my sisters and I decided that we needed to get away, even just for the day, and do something together. We needed sister time, fresh air, and a new perspective. So last Saturday, with no parents, no husbands, no fiancés, and no friends,…