October 14, 2017

I met a lovely lady the other day. A kindred spirit, of sorts. She’s a prolific writer, like I dream to be. Fearless like I’d like to be. A gregarious soul in contrast to my introverted spirit. She jumped up and down when she learned that I’m still married to my first love because her first love gave her the children and grandchildre...

October 8, 2017

Having a bunch of kids doesn’t make you a super mom. Take it from me! None of us is perfect. Now that I’m looking in my rear view, I wish I had done SO many things differently. I could’ve done a better job giving my boys individual attention. I could’ve had a LOT more patience. I should’ve learned how to cook more interesting meals f...

September 25, 2017

We've been praying the wrong prayers. Stressing the wrong stresses. Crying the wrong tears. This adversity of which we speak is no adversity at all. It's not a stumble nor even a fall. This thing we call fire is not even a flame. And the fact that we wring our hands in despair is a shame.

True adversity growls and prowls around see...

September 21, 2017

I'm not Leslie. I'm "Leslie with the 6 kids." That's how people introduce me to their friends. My kids could've had crazy college money if I had a dollar for every time I heard, "How do you do it?" and "How do you look so sane?" or "Why do you seem so peaceful?" My standard answer has evolved over time. First I'd say, "I'm just takin...

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