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,…

be loved

I spent so many years LISTENING….listening to the Christian culture that I wasn’t sure I agreed with, listening to people with ulterior motives than my best interest, listening to that which opposed what my heart was telling me. This decision to listen to others over myself would alter my life forever. I can’t help but…

worthy

When Jesus said to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, house the poor he did not clarify who was excluded from such care. He simply listed the naked, the poor, the prisoner, and the hungry. He didn’t said they must be American. Or pure. Or ask about their criminal activities. Or if they had the…

Me, too.

The first time, I was groped and molested by a peer one year older than me while WEARING OVERALLS and long sleeves. I was sitting beside him, in a place with many others around us, a place I loved to be. He put his hand inside my overalls, then my shirt, into my bra and…

how can you not care?

I’m afraid it’s not even that we are forgetting what came before us. I’m afraid it is that we do not even care. Will my generation wake up in time? Will they learn history and truth and the ways both have tossed this people all here and to? I’m afraid they’ll never even care. Before…

Re|learn Truth

It’s funny because sometimes you relearn a lesson you thought you knew, and you’re sure you’ve been trying to teach it to everyone else only to learn it was you that wasn’t getting it.  This season of life has been so bittersweet: losses and gains have swirled together in such a strange way it’s hard…

The Tone of a Place

It’s not a boomerang, that keeps pulling us back to Tennessee. But I don’t care if people say it’s that way. I’m not so sure it’s even ‘home.’ But there is a time when you consider community. A time when you consider being known.  More, there’s a time when you choose a tone of a…

And That’s Enough

I can’t wait for them to go to bed. It’s around 7 PM and I’m thinking- I just have one more hour until it’s quiet.  And then it’s 8:30 and it’s quiet and I’m wishing they were still awake. Only calm and adult-like, or maybe actually adults. I’m lonely. I’m alone now, with the dog beside me…

Let’s Make A Way For Them to Choose Life, Not Abortion

  I think maybe some things need to be said. Here’s me throwing in my two cents. I have a lot of friends on either side of every issue. I like this about my friends. I like being challenged to consider what I really think and believe and why. I like that I am not surrounded…

The Second Cup of Coffee

I sit here in the morning hours, my bible open on my lap. My kids, in their pajamas and costumes, playing picnic in a bed tent with plastic food. My dog laying beside me, full. Content. My house is warm as I snuggle under this quilt made by my hands and drink my first cup…