this man of mine

I am more thankful for this man than I can put into words.Every day, integrity.Every day, honesty.Every day, modeling for my sons how to be a man worthy of respect.Every day, showing my daughters how women should be treated.Every day, providing.Every day, genuine.Every day, transparent.Every day, good to all of us.I am so glad I…

Dance With Me

Kiss me like you want toHold on like you need toRemember what you do, speaks more than just words when you sayI’m sorry when you’re wrongWhen I’m weak make me feel strongDance with me through life’s whole song, til the end has been written in stone On the day that we first metThough I didn’t…

when you haven’t mattered

Every time someone tries to turn an innocent mind against their mother, I will have a receipt to share. Every time someone attacks who I am to those who trust me and love me, I will have a receipt to share. Every time someone tries to make my kids into theirs, I will have a receipt to share. I am not throwing away my motherhood because of someone else’s determination to disrespect me.

budget, baby

My spouse and I wrote a budget last week.As in, we actually set down and wrote out a budget. Together. And some of ya’ll are like “so what?” but this is something I’ve longed for for many years. Through all of the hard times, lean years, wealthy seasons, times of surgeries and illnesses, giving birth,…

Life Anew

I’ve been writing a lot about the past, and if ya’ll follow my blog you know that’s kind of what I do. But I also want to acknowledge all the good things that have happened since the revelation of so much negative. This man came into my life in the wildest time, following one of…

momo’s ring

Just before my grandmother, Momo, ended her battle with cancer, I was moving away. Just weeks before her final breath, we had a few final face-to-face talks. I’m lucky that the last few years before her cancer, I had taken the time to do a series of interviews with her; or more accurately, I would…

it’s not rebuilding when it’s brand new

I don’t seem to sound like my life wrecked: it didn’t. But things have changed. What has happened in that process is a coming free.So much I have carried that was not meant for me. So many roles I was not intended to have. And these things, I am no longer burdened with. And what…

family pictures 2019

It is no secret I have a slight obsession with family pictures. I have made efforts to have some pictures taken of my crew, both together and individually, yearly or biyearly since the beginning of being a mom more than 13 years ago.I won’t tell you this time wasn’t different. It was very different.It felt…

Merry Everything

My home is full. Full to bursting. With people. Children. Lights. Food. Games. I have had years where my heart grieved the loss of my family of origin. And there are days I still do, at the very least, grieve for what might have and should have been. I deeply love several of my siblings…

Fun Festers

In my hometown (and one we still live 30 or so minutes outside of), there is a huge and wonderful 10 day long city-wide festival every July. It’s really so much fun (pun intended). I’ve always loved Fun Fest. Outdoor eating, music, hot air balloons, fireworks, community…these are in my wheelhouse y’all. So every year,…