Shadows, Stress, Survival… and other ramblings

For some reason, I keep thinking about the shadows. Those hot summer nights were many years ago, in a time of lightening bugs captured in glass jars, open windows, no air conditioning, and sleepovers with friends. One of our favorite games was making shadows with our hands and letting the light from my little white and pink lamp cast shadows across the wood-paneled wall. My friends and I would take turns facing the wall with the light to our...

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The Cancer I Walked Away From…

At first, I called it curiosity. After all, I had always secretly wanted to be a private investigator after reading one too many mystery novels. Looking up certain people on Facebook, I even reasoned to myself, was done out of my concern for them. However, this curiosity soon made a dangerous turn down a path leading to the comparison trap. Facebook photos of perfect white smiles, exotic vacations, an amazing wardrobe, and flawless skin made me...

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You Will Never Guess What My Name Means {and how it has shaped my life}

You Will Never Guess What My Name Means {and how it has shaped my life}

Did you know that today is “Fun Facts about Names Day”? This is a holiday that is new to me, but it sounded like fun so I thought I would jump in…. and you will never guess what my name means! Fun Facts About Names Day encourages you to learn about the historical meanings and influences behind your name and the names of your friends and families. Uncover historical and religious influences, who you were named after, and see...

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How to Deal with Difficult People {growing pains}

How to Deal with Difficult People {growing pains}

I think it was 1:45 in the morning when the answer finally came to me. I knelt by my son’s bed and rubbed his legs as we waited for the medicine to relieve his pain. Growing pains. For some reason they seem to be worse at night, when all is dark, and we desperately crave crest. I had been craving rest… and peace… and understanding… and direction. For reasons outside of my understanding, God has placed a couple people in...

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Top 10 Posts from 2013 (and what’s “grits” got to do with it?)

Top 10 Posts from 2013 (and what’s “grits” got to do with it?)

On this last day of 2013, I am thinking about all of you. Your comments, emails, and visits have meant the world to me. I look back over the past year as if we were all able to have occasional chats on my front porch, just talking and laughing as friends, in between some heart-deep conversations. You know? So, thank you. I wish you many blessings in the new year! … and just for fun, because I’m type A and love evaluating numbers and...

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I Can’t See My Comfort Zone from Here.

I Can’t See My Comfort Zone from Here.

The trees sway gently as I watch through my bedroom window. Every morning, I see them there, greeting my start to the day. The sunrise bursts color into my room since it faces due east. I can trace the steps to my bathroom with my eyes closed. I have walked the hallway of my home for almost ten years now, sometimes holding a newborn baby boy, sometimes laughing with a big boy, and sometimes crying alone. I know my home, and my home knows me....

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