My Gray Stripes

Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.

Sweet names

Little did I know when I started calling my husband, “Honey,” in our early years of marriage that the nickname would stick.  Honey is literally sweet.  Sweet names can minimize … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

The finish line

Suddenly and shockingly bombs at the Boston Marathon exploded.  When my daughter, Devin, told me she was going to train to run a marathon, I wasn’t surprised.  I did my … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · 8 Comments

136 ways to love others

Love is as love does. Ways to love those closest to your heart: Say, “I love you.” Make them a nice meal. Take them out to eat. Clean their room, … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 5 Comments

Game on: bridal show

Most weekends I’m cheering for my sons at baseball games.  My comfort, knowledge, and enthusiasm are naturally high at sporting events.  This past weekend I took my reticent self and … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

Hardball life

Club baseball is crazy rough and tumble. Teams are brutal in how they cream the best prospects, quickly dumping players who don’t perform. Franchises run like slick costly machines. Some … Continue reading

November 8, 2012 · 5 Comments

I’ll fail for you

Rushing my son to his All Star baseball game and driving like a maniac, we were a mess. Now I have no idea what triggered the family emotional meltdown, but … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Fun, play, and toy guns

My first son was running around outside with happy abandon. He was a smiley 4-year-old at the time, full of energy and heart, when I noticed he was playing with … Continue reading

July 10, 2012 · 5 Comments

Welcome to changing the world one happy family at a time

Have you ever thrown your hands up into the air and screamed, “What is going on here?” I have. In fact, I asked it this morning after I thought I … Continue reading

July 7, 2012 · 17 Comments