reblog: finding joy

TO MY KIDS, YOU ARE NOT A PRODUCT OF DIVORCE by Rachel Marie Martin It’s taken me six years to be able to have the courage to write this letter. I think six years is a good number, a good indicator of time, of seasons passing and new seasons beginning.  In the beginning months after your…

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…

long time comin’

There is only so much to share about things like this. Only so much is appropriate and there is no need to break people down or share details of things that are only meant for the inner most circle.But there are some things to share and that’s okay, too. I am getting a divorce.If you’re…

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…

When There Is Lying

So what happens whenA person lies about small things that don’t matter.And a person lies about so many small things you stop believing anything they say? What happens when you don’t know if ever they are honest? With you? With themselves? When there is lying, there is a complete breakdown. It’s further than that word…

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…

Cabin for Christmas

This past Christmas we decided we had enough STUFF (and not enough SPACE) and opted for Experiences over Presents.And it was the best time. We rented a cabin in the Great Smokey Mountains. On Christmas morning, the kids opened items that correlated to the experience; ie a new play magic wand to go with MagiQuest…

Thoughts

What people think of us isn’t who we are. What we think of others isn’t always who they are. There are layers of others, even those we think we know completely. Take captive every thought.

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…