Giving Thanks when Things Aren’t Perfect

by Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon What does the perfect Thanksgiving look like to you? I think of Norman Rockwell’s painting Freedom From Want – all the family gathered around a beautifully decorated table laden with once-a-year favorites. Sweet smells, pleasant company, happy hearts. But real life isn't always that perfect, is it? Just last week, we … Continue reading Giving Thanks when Things Aren’t Perfect

On Questions without Answers

By Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Why, God? Why? Has that question ever haunted you? Does your faith flounder when life deals a low blow, like our punching bag shuddering before my kids' Kung Fu fists? Mine does sometimes, especially when logic goes unsatisfied and cliché answers just won't do. It's been one of those seasons for me lately … Continue reading On Questions without Answers

When Life Hurts

by Meredith Mills @DazzledByTheSon Sometimes life is really hard. As a nation, we've experienced some tragic events lately - from the Las Vegas massacre to hurricanes and wild fires leaving destruction in their wake. Closer to home, several dear friends lost loved ones in the last few weeks. We attended one funeral on Saturday - a dearly loved husband and father. Unexpected. … Continue reading When Life Hurts

Calming the Chaos

Bang. Bang. Bang. My son taps who-knows-what on the floor, enjoying the sounds he creates. He loves noisemaking. I cherish his inquisitive personality, that quality which causes him to make the noises (and the messes). But these things drive a parent crazy. “Son, stop banging. It’s just creating chaos,” my husband instructs. Immediately, our preschooler bursts into song. “Chaos! Chaos! … Continue reading Calming the Chaos