Halfway

I scrubbed at the sticky smudge on my screen, annoyed that gloop was gunking up my phone and occluding my gaze. I tried to tally how many popsicles Grey had consumed so far this summer – and how many drips had dropped on all of my things. He and I have been having weekly dates… Continue reading Halfway

Let It Shine

My eyes fluttered open, taking inventory of the things around me. It was still dark and all was quiet. What had awakened me was a scent wafting from another room. I should not have been smelling this particular scent at this time. Once the heaviness of deep sleep allowed me to rise, I bolted into… Continue reading Let It Shine

Next

Congratulations to the class of 2035! Yall, Grey had his preschool graduation, and this was on the last page of a scrapbook his teachers made for him. I’m not crying; you’re crying. All over town there are yard signs indicating students graduating from high school and college. It’s hard not to be reminded of my… Continue reading Next

Hold On

I looked down at my 6 lb 9 oz baby and was overcome with joy. The baby that we had prayed over and planned for was finally here. As I gazed into his blue eyes, a thought crossed my mind. “What if you accidentally drop him?” This caused me to hug him tighter. “What if… Continue reading Hold On

Redirection

I packed my heaviest winter coat. I refolded my fleece-lined leggings and threw in another set of thermals. I checked the weather again on my phone, fingers crossed the storm would have dissipated. Alas, another wave of ice and snow would be pouring out soon. Resigned, we made the decision to cancel our trip.  All… Continue reading Redirection

Mary, did you know?

One of my favorite things about Christmas is receiving Christmas cards from friends and coworkers. Especially this year, since I haven’t physically seen a lot of the smiling faces hanging on my wall in quite some time. Moms, you did a great job getting everyone looking their best! I know the dads were there, too,… Continue reading Mary, did you know?

Hidden. Holly. Holy.

We’ve been decking the halls and preparing for the Christmas season. Part of that process has been getting rid of some of the stuff we have accumulated over the course of this year to make room for the tree, gifts, and garland. Of course, it’s also prime time to purge some of the toys the… Continue reading Hidden. Holly. Holy.

Thankful

“What are you thankful for?” I asked my patients this question all week leading into the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, the answer I got most often was “Nothing.” I’d offer some suggestions I thought each may be thankful for. Reluctantly, some of them replied, “I guess I’m thankful I’m alive.” These responses just broke my… Continue reading Thankful

Meet Me at the Altar

He twirled me around one last time and said, “Meet me at the altar.” I skipped to my room to await the time when my daddy would walk me down the aisle to meet Ben at the altar. All these years later, I have a much greater respect for the altar. In my 23-year-old mind,… Continue reading Meet Me at the Altar