And I Am Thankful

Gabby Barrett- The Good Ones He’s a phone call to his parentsHe’s a Bible by the bedHe’s the t-shirt that I’m wearingHe’s the song stuck in my HeadHe’s solid and He’s steadyLike the Allegheny runsHe knows just where He’s goingAnd He’s proud of where He’s from One of the good onesHe’s one of the good…

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.

I wore shorts in public yesterday

I wore shorts in public yesterday for the first time since 2007. I wear pajamas with shorts and shorts around my house for the first time since 2007.It’s almost 100 degrees outside and my house was built in 1850 and shorts feel good, so what, you may say. So I’ll tell you what…. I spent…

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,…

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…

simple methods in loving EVERYONE

The week we brought home one of our twins, a little organization called SMILE organized meals for our family. Six meals were delivered daily the first week Miss Magnolia was home from the NICU. Smile had been started by Esther, another local foster mom and she collected donations of clothes and baby equipment at her…

these high green hills

A book by that same title, a thought that goes through my mind when I’m driving around here. Tennessee is weird sometimes but so very, very pretty. Sometimes when I see it anew, in it’s summertime glory, it takes my breath away in that same way the ocean does. Sometimes it reminds me of all…

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…