Find your fire. Then follow it.

You know, I think we dismiss our own potential too easily. Sometimes we examine life with financial eyes, which while important, aren’t the only tools in our Vision Portfolios. God has created each of us for a purpose, and I find that purpose sparks passion. So go ahead and examine your lives. Pay attention to the…

Dear Jude: born amazing

Dear Jude, there may be many “Judes” out there, but there is only one YOU. Never live your life inside the boxes and categories that we humans create for each other. You, my darling son, were born to obliterate every obstacle in your way; you were born to be amazing. And you already are.

KidBits: I hear you, honey

When kids ‘think’ they’re talking to us, drop the air quotes, because they ARE talking to us. They may not be using ‘real’ words yet, but there are some real stories, and a sense of expression and a need to be heard there. So listen. Show them you’re interested in their voices. Show them what…

Dear Jude: I’m so thankful for you

Dear Jude, my heart is so full of wonder for the child you’re becoming, despite your mama’s catalog of blunders. You’re such a generous, sweet spirited, independent jewel of a man child. I love how you respond to the discomfort of others by repeatedly shouting or murmuring (as demanded by each case) a sympathetic “uh-oh…uh…

Dear Jude: I pray for you

Dear Jude, sometimes I dread the day you’ll ask me what I think about specific topics in our world. It’s not always comfortable challenging the status quo, even when you’ve long outgrown those ‘popular’ opinions. But for you I make this pledge: when you do ask me those tough questions, I will respond carefully, weeding…

Dear Jude: Do you

Dear Jude, as children your age develop attachments to soft cuddly toys and blankies to help soothe themselves to sleep, you my ever different darling boy want….your cars. Any car. Just a car. A hard plastic, noisy car, that you clutch with a death grip and sing ‘vroom vroom’ to as a lullaby. Still, if…

Dear Jude: Use words wisely

Dear Jude, oh how I hope to teach you that WHY you say something and HOW you say it are all just as important as WHAT you say. Please think carefully before speaking, my darling. The truth may set you free, but is it worth it just to put someone else into the bondage of…

Dear Jude: one day

Dear Jude, I hope I’m brave enough and wise enough to know when I’ve done enough, and it’s your turn to take over…. 

Dear Jude: Wonder & Magic

Dear Jude, I love that this morning, when I presented you with an upside down pot and a spoon for you to commence your favourite thing in the world- drumming- you instead flipped it over, right side up, and diligently added your crayons, cars and a book. I loved the concentration on your face as…

Dear Jude: Ask me still

Dear Jude, I may not have all the answers, but I still hope you ask me all your questions. Together, we can figure it all out..