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Find The Functional

By Laurie | May 5, 2024

I recently tuned into Way FM Radio and heard a delightful interview with Luke and Joel of For King and Country, who their mum joined to talk about their movie, Unsung Hero. Joel said something that spoke to my soul, “all families are dysfunctional. Find the functional”. I loved that so much because here’s the … Read more

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Drug Addiction

By Laurie | April 27, 2024

It seems I have encountered drug addiction issues a few times this week. That’s not how I saw the week going.   Because of the nature of my job, I talk with a lot of people who are dealing with issues. This week, drug addiction was the thing. A concerned sister-in-law called about her brother-in-law. … Read more

Staying Well

By Laurie | April 20, 2024

I recently heard a term that I was unfamiliar with, staying well. Just last week I sat in a room with coworkers who are mental health professionals. I listened as they talked about the idea of staying well in not-so-mentally healthy situations. Staying well looks a lot like being called to stay in my opinion. … Read more

A Mother’s Heartache

By Laurie | March 2, 2024

I have often talked of a mother’s heartache here in this space, on social, and most recently on my podcast, Chasing Hard, Trusting God When Life Doesn’t Turn Out The Way You Planned. When Parenting Hurts was a hard one. My friend, Patti, a recent guest, told the tale of a mother’s heartache with her … Read more

Being a Widow

By Laurie | February 4, 2024

I have had the opportunity to talk with several women about being a widow since starting my podcast, Chasing Hard When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Planned. Most of the widows are young. I also meet countless new widows on my job. I am a pastoral care coordinator at my church and arranging … Read more

There Comes A Time

By Laurie | January 27, 2024

There comes a time in our lives when we must stop to consider the path we have chosen and the things we have encountered along the way. Time passes quickly. The enigma of aging is that the first eighteen to twenty years are spent waiting to get older. Longing for summer breaks during the school … Read more


Parenting Adult Kids

By Laurie | January 20, 2024

Who knew parenting adult kids would be a thing? It is. It’s a different kind of parenting for sure but it is real. I’ve talked about it on my podcast Chasing Hard, Trusting God When Life Doesn’t Turn Out The Way You Planned but never here. I was talking with someone on the podcast about … Read more

Cross Country Move

By Laurie | January 13, 2024

I recently had my son, Luke, on the podcast, Chasing Hard, Trusting God When Life Doesn’t Turn Out The Way You Planned. We talked about his cross-country move and how we each look at it and feel about it. I remember thirty-plus years ago when I so wanted to become a mother. All my friends … Read more


By Laurie | January 6, 2024

The yearnings of the heart are sometimes difficult to identify. I dropped my son off at the airport early on New Year’s Eve morning. For some strange reason, it’s typically harder for me to leave California, where he lives, than to drop him off so he can fly home. This goodbye was a little different. … Read more

Hating The Past

By Laurie | December 30, 2023

Do you hate your past? It’s a thing. Being in a place where you hate your past is probably more common than we think. There are many things I hate about my past. What about you? It has been said that you can’t choose your family. You are born into the family you are born … Read more

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