This Time It’s Different

Our 28-year-old daughter Anna is having brain/spinal cord surgery on Tuesday of this week. It is the fourth surgery over the last ten years. (Anna is the one on my left in this picture.) Ten years ago when Anna had her first surgery at Childresn's Hospital in  Atlanta, she was 17 and I was  45. I was completely in charge of her medical care. I was the advocate  who kept saying to doctors, "Something is Read more [...]

Here’s What I’m Reading

One of the things I have been trying to do more of is read for pleasure. For me, that includes two kinds of books, fiction, and non-fiction. I don't like a ton of fiction. A book has to grab me from the very beginning in order for me to want to finish it. I've also gotten over finishing bad books. If I don't like it, I just stop and move on to something else. I love memoirs. They're probably my favorite Read more [...]

Hey October!

  I honestly cannot believe it is October already, but the chill in the morning air leads me to believe that Fall is actually going to come to the south after one of the hottest, driest summers I can remember. I tease with my family by saying that I'm literally in a bad mood all summer long. I despise hot weather. I love Fall, Spring, and even Winter, but since Summer in the south lasts Read more [...]

Problems Solved

I’ve solved a couple of world problems this week and I want to let you in on them so that you, unlike me, don’t waste a lot of your time endlessly researching the internet trying to find solutions to your vexing problems. You will thank me, I promise. First off, we discovered on Wednesday that someone who will not be named had left the upstairs freezer accidentally not all the way shut. We use Read more [...]

What I’m Reading

I am a voracious reader. I love nothing better than getting into a really good book. I read both fiction and non-fiction, often at the same time. It's not unusual for me to have two or three books going at the same time. It's also not unusual for me to get distracted and not finish everything I start. I have some perfectionist tendencies (no comments from the Reid girl peanut gallery please), and Read more [...]

Real Life

Dear Friends and Family, Everything is perfect here at our house. Our marriage is perfect, our children and their spouses are without flaw. Our pets are the cutest and smartest. We all have great jobs that we are called to and feel passionate about. We are making great money and get to spend it however we want. We love our church. We love our friends. And our family? It's absolutely perfect. We Read more [...]

Whole Lot of Changes Going On

So much has happened around the Reid house in recent months. This time next week Will and I will be en route to Johannesburg, South Africa, where we will then fly to Zambia for a visit to Victoria Falls. Last year we were able to do a safari prior to our mission trip, and this year we chose to take the trip to Victoria Falls. We are really excited about getting to visit this part of Africa. Victoria Read more [...]
It's graduation season, which got me thinking about teenagers and living with them and how often I hear parents talk about how hard this season of life can be. It's true, raising teens can be challenging. We raised three, and there were some really great days and some that were truly awful. Here are a few thoughts on dealing with the teenagers who live at your house. Give them clear guidelines. Read more [...]

Not Much Has Changed

A year ago today, I wrote about my messy relationship with church here:…ship-with-church/ ‎ Today, when my TimeHop app reminded me about the post, I re-read it and realized that not much has changed. I still have a messy relationship with church. I still don't have a church home. I don't have a church community. I don't have a  place that Read more [...]

RIP Prince

  The first time I remember feeling it was when Princess Diana died in August of 1997. Obviously, I did not know her, but I felt a grief when she died so tragically that felt out of proportion to my relationship with her.  I was at the lake with my sister in law and I remember us both sitting on the couch crying like she was our personal friend. How could I feel such sadness about someone Read more [...]