My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

The Gift that Won’t Be Wrapped (A Note for My Kids)

Dear Kids, I know you’ll be happy this Christmas. The lights and the gifts and the family fun. You’ll love it. Probably. Mostly. I mean, you’ll enjoy parts of it. Because here’s the thing. I know you’ll be disappointed, too. Not in a rude, disrespectful way, but in a quiet, deep in your heart way […]

How To Have The Best Summer Ever

I’m watching calendar days fly by, and I’m filled with equal parts excitement and dread. Our family routines will all change in just a few short weeks when spring becomes summer. And let’s not kid ourselves into thinking this starts on June 21. No, summer starts around here the moment the kids are done with […]

Have I Failed As a Mother?

I watched my child with my head tilted to the side. I couldn’t understand the behavior. It was beyond what I thought would happen. I know I’ve made mistakes, but I wasn’t prepared for this. I suddenly realized, watching my child, that he was his own individual with innate characteristics and free will to make […]