Author Archives: Petals of Joy

Dear Momma on the First Day of School,

I see you. You’re clutching your second cup of coffee as you yawn sleep away. You meant to make cute signs and put together Pinterest gifts for the teachers. You meant to get all those clothes organized and laid out … Continue reading

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Dear First Day of School

Dear First Day of School, We need to talk. I don’t want to hate you. I really don’t. Shall we maybe work together to package the day in a way we all come home with smiles? I have a few … Continue reading

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On Weeding and Invitations of Grace

As a little girl, when given the choice, I was quick to volunteer for yard work chores over housework. If Mom and Dad both needed help, sure as shootin’ I’d be knee deep in mud and weeds before Mom could … Continue reading

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When I Need to Step Off the Porch

A few weeks ago, during the last half of my spring break, I was at a teacher training. The nerd in me can’t get enough learning. Prince Charming Jokes I could be a professional student. He’s right. The days filled … Continue reading

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For Our Daughters…A Celebration of Womanhood

Daughters of Ours, Spring green has touched the tips of the trees, edging its way to leaf centers. Plum and pink Azaleas have yawned into March’s morning light. Because Florida. And before we can sneeze the oak pollen from our … Continue reading

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On Your Way to Work: The Teaching Paradigm

I hate the sound of my own voice. Anytime I hear myself on a recording or a video, I cringe. Do I really sound like that? According to a friend, Christian, there’s for real scientific evidence about why our voices sound so … Continue reading

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Because Valentine’s? It’s Just a Day…

Valentine’s Day. A day I’ve loved to hate. A day I’ve loved to love. But really? It’s just a day. There were the tortured years. Years I weighed my value on the scale of this Love-Day. This day that loved … Continue reading

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Dear Mom. I Get it Now…

In honor of my Momma’s birthday and her steadfast love. I get it now. I understand why you never had new clothes or pretty jewels. It makes sense that you didn’t have a fancy car or a passport full of … Continue reading

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Gratitude is a Game-Changer

My Court Jester, my Caleb, loves his shoes. He is seven and spends his birthday and Christmas money on new kicks. The boy is particular—like over the top—about what shoes he wears with what socks and what outfit. On the … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season for Crazy

Last night my husband and I sent the Court Jester to Family Reading Night at school. Without his family. Prince Charming was helping with our church Christmas program, and Princess Ella rushed through two different rehearsals. Where was I? Starbucks. … Continue reading

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