Why do we love fall so much?

I try to avoid walking past Teavana- but sometimes it just happens. When it does, I purposely avert my eyes. I walk on the far side of the walkway. But then I see it- the sign above the sample table says, "Pumpkin spice brulee". I audibly groan, roll my eyes, and make a mad dash to get the samples before anyone else discovers the delicious flavor offering for today. I am so excited as I hold the tiny, plastic cup to my nose that I almost spill the tea before taking in a deep, glorious breath of pumpkin spice brulee. I drink it slowly as I float on a happy cloud throughout the mall. I'm still thinking about the smooth and spicy tea when I return home. Online I can purchase a Fall Faves Sample

4 Ways to Respond to Unmet Expectations

Since April 18, 1980, I have made my expectations known. As a tiny, six pound baby I expected my mom to respond to my every whim. As a two-year-old, I threw tantrums when I didn’t get my way. I was certainly the boss as a toddler. I really like things the way that I like them! Later in life, I found ways to ensure that my expectations were met. Choose the right friends, get the right car, have the right job, the best clothes. Expectations are a part of who we are. Shaped somewhat by society, but also by what we believe we deserve. I expected to be married. I expected to be a mom. I expected to own a home. I expected to be happy every day. I expected to have everything that I want. We rarely

September 11: God in the Midst of Terror

In April of 1996 I visited New York City on a band trip as a high school junior. We took pictures of the Twin Towers and the impressive city skyline with our crummy cameras. We played our band instruments at the Statue of Liberty and got pooped on by a flock of birds. We saw a broadway show and went to the symphony. We ate excessively tall cheesecake and stayed in a hotel that was surrounded by gang members and barbed wire. All the while the towers stood. Blending seamlessly into the fabric of the city. We didn't pay any special attention to them. I had no idea that was the only time I would ever see them. On September 11, 2001 I was a junior in college. I know it's hard to believe, but none

Resting in the Long Way

Exodus 13:17-19a: When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, "Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt." But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. I have an old school GPS that I still like to use. It's a TomTom and I love it. Unfortunately, I haven't hooked it up to my computer to update for many years, so sometimes I run into troubling issues like closed roads or construction zones that I wasn't aware of. This causes my journey to become much longer than expected. I really, really don't like when things take longer than I expect them t