Better Berries

We walked along the worn path, beaten into a visible line by our beloved cows making their daily rounds over the land. We were taking in the warm sunshine and looking for leaves, bugs, and fish around the pond. There's a magical place behind the water where Grey likes to go "exploring". This day, he… Continue reading Better Berries

Dollar Store Distractions

Yall. Grey has a new obsession – Dollar General. If you’ve noticed I haven’t posted anything lately, it’s because I have been running ragged between work, kids, birthdays, and …many trips to Dollar General. With my toddlers in tow, we run in, grab what we need, and inevitably wind up on the toy aisle. We… Continue reading Dollar Store Distractions

Lost in Translation

I couldn’t make the words make sense. I racked my brain trying to conjure another solution. She was crying and in obvious pain, but my long-forgotten Spanish failed to bridge the language barrier. We clumsily communicated in single words and lots of “Ummm” and “How do you say…” I made pictures with words and translations.… Continue reading Lost in Translation

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

Junctures in Jericho

I stood outside my car with the rain continuing to pour all around me. My feet were in wet socks from wading through a puddle this morning. My hair was slicked back into a stiff bun after getting caught in the storm while assisting one of my patients into her vehicle. I silently willed the… Continue reading Junctures in Jericho

Fruit of the Spirit

Grey received the sweetest book for Christmas called If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Loren Long. Y'all, it is just captivating. The pictures are breathtaking and the simple rhymes leave us drawing deeper conclusions. I've been studying the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians this week. In light of all… Continue reading Fruit of the Spirit

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