I was flipping through a magazine and was struck by a question for an essay contest: When was the first time you knew you were loved? Of course, my mind began to reel backwards through all the times I’ve experienced love so I could answer this question. Craig was my first real love, and there … Continue reading I knew I was loved when…
“Jordan, how was school?” …his mouth opens to grunt and I see the vacant look in his eyes so I say… “more than one word” “it was fine.” “More than three words.” Eye contact is made, brain is switched on, phone in pocket is forgotten, “we played- three lies and a truth- and I won.” “explain … Continue reading “How was school?”
All last week while the boys languished with being new kids in enormous schools I dangled a carrot in front of them to help them persevere. I promised to take them back to Katy to see their friends. On Saturday morning we set out for Katy to spend a wild twenty eight hours immersed with … Continue reading Friendships
I have… …sat in the desert and listened to the wind …examined the patterns on a butterfly wing …filled my home with the aroma of baking bread …eaten raspberries from the bush …peered over the edge of a live volcano …watched a storm on the sea …moved to … Continue reading What moves you?
During breakfast while I rinsed dishes Kevin asked me a question, “Mom, how do you really surrender to God?” That’s doozy of a question at six in the morning on the first day of school in a new city. I stopped what I was doing and locked eyes with him. “Kevin, that’s a big question that most … Continue reading “Mom, how do you surrender?”
It is fairly easy for me to watch two twenties slide right off the palms of my hand. Just this morning Kevin needed one for his gym uniform and Jordan needed one to put on his lunch account. And by the end of the day there will be many more twenties passed along or traded … Continue reading What can forty dollars buy?
First day of school nerves were gone when they all walked through the door. I tried to have an interview with each of them but they didn’t respond well to being pounced on so soon. The most important thing I did yesterday was to fix a special meal so we could all sit together at … Continue reading Inserting ourselves into the community.
The day is upon us. Tensions have mounted in the LaTorre home anticipating the first day of the new schools for three of our boys. Jack is eager and confident with hardly a trace of worry. But he doesn’t know what I know. He does not get a bus service because his school is a … Continue reading Being the new kid on the first day of school.
Craig took a morning off work this week to take Jordan to the DPS for his driver’s license. This kid has been more than patient about waiting to get his license, and we felt horrible about it. He turned sixteen the first of June! That’s the sort of summer it has been for us. Though … Continue reading There’s a New Driver on the road!