Author Archives: Petals of Joy

When My Words Are Insignificant

What do you write when you’ve held your babies as the wind howled and windows creaked and branches flew and trees fell? What do you write as you watch the videos of boats saving souls in places water rose to … Continue reading

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Fighting for Prince Charming

I can change a tire. I know how to check my oil, washer fluid, and radiator. I can jump off my car and change the battery. I spent one week of my summer as a college student reroofing a house. … Continue reading

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To Teachers on the Last Night of Summer

It’s almost midnight. Preplanning begins tomorrow. And I don’t wanna. Summer has been glorious. Filled with unexpected wandering and brilliant laughter. I don’t want it to end but it fades as quickly as the sun slipping beyond the horizon. Every … Continue reading

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Because We’re All A Little Bit Castaway

The salty, warm air of the ocean wrapped me in its embrace this week. Our family tasted the ebb and flow of a vacation with no plans. A week of togetherness. A week to breathe. Sanibel Island. Not only stunning, … Continue reading

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Momma? Don’t Wish Your Summer Away

So. I’m a week into summer. And I can’t get enough of my kiddos. I have something I’d like to talk about. Something that’s kinda bugged me for years. Basically since I had to step back into the classroom and leave … Continue reading

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Because Parenting Lists Make Me Twitch

By the time I reached the seventh grade, my parents took one look at my hormonal rages and fights with homework and said something the changed my life. You know you want to go to college. You know what that … Continue reading

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On Climbing Mountains and Trudging Valleys and Maundy Thursday

Ella was four. All knobs and knees and chubby cheeks. Cute as a button and bouncy as her pigtails. We were visiting her aunt in Atlanta—doing the tourist thing. There’s a mountain in Atlanta. Mount Kennesaw. Granted, it can’t compare … Continue reading

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What Parents of Strong Willed Children Want You to Know

Iron. Metal. Unyielding. Strong. Life-giving. Our bodies need iron to live. To create healthy red blood cells pumping through our vessels carrying oxygen straight into the heart. Pump. Pump. Pump. Relentless. Without the iron? Life is less. My son has … Continue reading

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Finding Shelter in the Shade

I’ve lived in Florida my entire life. The Sunshine State. In my born-and-bred-here opinion? It needs another name. Maybe something like the Frizzy Hair State? Or the Sweaty State? Possibly the Hotter than the Fiery Pits of Hell State? It’s … Continue reading

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To the Broken Girl on Valentine’s Day

I watch you post pictures and memes. I scroll down and stare at your hurt—my heart aching. Your desire to be loved, accepted, known sprawled on my screen with angry words and revealing poses. A longing for affection in your … Continue reading

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