A Fresh Perspective

A Fresh Perspective

The other night Scarlett decided she wanted to play the piano in the living room. Which was great except she was disturbing Henry who was watching a show and wanted to stay close to us all. I offered to set him up in our room to watch from the bed and thought...
Security in the Waves

Security in the Waves

My four-year-old granddaughter and I were playing in the ocean yesterday. She had on a puddle jumper (super duper flotation device) so we played freely. The waves were pretty manageable and she’s a bold girl. Before I knew it she was drifting farther away than I’d...
It’s the Perfect 10

It’s the Perfect 10

I pray this is the craziest summer we’ll ever encounter. There is no rhyme or reason to what day it is. I have to consult my calendar to even remember the month! June 14 was my birthday and I asked myself, Was it really only a year ago that I first...
The Perfect Recipe

The Perfect Recipe

We’re a family of cooks around here. Oddly, we were married for almost eighteen years before we realized that Keith enjoys cooking like some people enjoy golf. It’s a very calming hobby for him. I know when he starts setting up in the kitchen to bake...
A Note from Quarantine

A Note from Quarantine

I have been the primary caregiver to my two precious grandkids in the last few weeks of quarantine. I brought them to our place at the beach because Tennessee weather has been bizarre—warm and sunny one day and cold and rainy the next! I needed some Vitamin...
I’m just Getting Started

I’m just Getting Started

In this new decade of 2020, as I draw a little closer to beginning my seventh one on planet earth, I am processing with intentionality. I’ve had a lot of growth spurts and each came with growing pains. Loss and regeneration. Despair and hope. My fallibility hidden in...
Nothing Stays the Same but Jesus

Nothing Stays the Same but Jesus

I’ve had a top notch job as Mama for 30 years. I knew it wouldn’t last forever. It is, after all, a job you really hope you work yourself out of. But I hadn’t thought much about my next. God began a good work that He’s promised to complete in me. I am confident that...
Growth is Mandatory, Maturing is Optional

Growth is Mandatory, Maturing is Optional

I don’t have a green thumb. I can plant a seed and get it to break ground. But more often than not the plant doesn’t fully mature to produce what I anticipated, whether it’s a beautiful flower or a fat, juicy tomato.  I’ve made peace with this fact. But I asked...
Let Today be Today

Let Today be Today

It would not do for me to be a runway model. Aside from the fact that I am 5’2” (eyes of blue) and very curvy, models never look where they’re going. I confess I’ve always envied that cool stare straight ahead as they saunter down the catwalk in those crazy heels....
I Must Be Me…Don’t Apologize

I Must Be Me…Don’t Apologize

I’d say two words encapsulate my primary way of diminishing myself – I’m sorry.  I’m not apologizing for the phrase. That IS the phrase. I’m sorry. It became an exhaustive part of my vernacular. Constantly apologizing for who I was, how I looked, what I...