Mother ~ Daughter · Prayer · SoulCollage

What Makes a “Happy” Mother’s Day?

I heard the joyous greeting, “Happy Mother’s Day!”, many times this weekend.  But I was thinking since it is the first of this holiday I have spent without my daughter, what makes a “happy” Mother’s Day? Although I would love to be with Jessica, what makes a Mother’s Day truly happy (and this mother’s heart… Continue reading What Makes a “Happy” Mother’s Day?

Country Roads · Mother ~ Daughter · Spiritual Journey

31-derful Years: A Marriage Made of Moments

Jodi Blazek ❤ Joseph Gehr, August 17, 1985 A Marriage Made of Moments  is a blog post I wrote for our 30th anniversary last year. For our 31-derful anniversary, I share a revised post with updated photos, new “moments” and fresh reflections… because a lot can happen in one year. A marriage is made of… Continue reading 31-derful Years: A Marriage Made of Moments

Books · Mother ~ Daughter · Prayer · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey

A Mother’s Blessing

  I thought it would be a little tacky to take a photo of a mother and child I didn’t know this morning in church. I was so tempted to sneak a cell phone shot and apologize later if caught.  It was a tender, intimate moment that I wish could have been captured. But I… Continue reading A Mother’s Blessing

Creativity · Earth Day and Nature · Mother ~ Daughter · Power of Images · SoulCollage

In God’s World, Every Day is Earth Day

For Earth day, I was invited to write an article for the April 2016 SoulCollage® newsletter, SoulCollage® Community Update, reflecting on how creating with images of nature can cultivate a sense of gratitude for God’s creation  and, ultimately, impact how we protect our earth’s resources. It’s an honor to share it with SoulFully You readers as well: As Earth Day (April 22) approaches, I’ve… Continue reading In God’s World, Every Day is Earth Day

Mother ~ Daughter · SoulCollage · Spiritual Journey · Teaching

Just Listen: Advice for a Quarter-Life Crisis

A Quarter-Life Crisis Last summer, my 21-year-old daughter, Jessica, was going through what some Millennial research experts and demographers have dubbed a “quarter-life crisis”—the oh-my-gosh-where-did-the last three-years-of-college-go-?-I-still-don’t-know-what-I-want-to-be-when-I- grow-up-and-there’s-only-one-year-left-of-college-until-the-real-world-hits-me-upside-the- head and-my-parents-declare-my- financial-emancipation! It isn’t easy living in the in-between. Jessica is not alone. There about 30 million young Millenials in the U.S looking for jobs, anticipating… Continue reading Just Listen: Advice for a Quarter-Life Crisis

Creativity · Earth Day and Nature · Mother ~ Daughter · Power of Images · Prayer

Protectors of Creation: An Earth Day Challenge

Seeing the beauty of nature is the first step to taking action to protect it. Unless we can appreciate the oneness we have with creation, we will do very little to protect it. “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” –Pope Francis… Continue reading Protectors of Creation: An Earth Day Challenge

Mother ~ Daughter · Spiritual Journey

Adulting: 10 Things My Daughter Has Learned in DC in 10 Days

10 THINGS I’VE LEARNED IN DC IN 10 DAYS SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 | JESSICA GEHR  Today marks my tenth day in Washington DC on my semester-long journey. I’m interning at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) as a communications intern in the State Fiscal Project. CBPP is an organization that pursues federal and… Continue reading Adulting: 10 Things My Daughter Has Learned in DC in 10 Days