Author Archives: Petals of Joy

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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Let My Words Be Few…

Friends…God never promises easy. And there have been times when the fear of losing my dreams has been so real, I can smell the acrid smoke and ash as flames destroy the path I was walking. But I’m learning. The … Continue reading

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She Did What She Could…

I watched as the Keurig drip, drip, dripped the bitter liquid into my mug. Energy to get me through the next two periods. Desperate measures were needed. Okay…maybe not so desperate and not so out-of-the-ordinary. But still. Even after grading hours … Continue reading

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Bedtime Chaos and Some Thanksliving…

I’m sitting in the dark with my Court Jester scooted as far away from me as possible. I’ve told him no to a request, and his world has crumbled into dust. He blames me for his own catastrophic Armageddon. I … Continue reading

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When I Wish for a Different Life

Lately? I’ve been feeling harried and haggard. Frayed at the edges and rushed in the middle. Because life is ballet mom, flag football mom, wife, teacher, migraine sufferer, committee member, writer, all the other things and somewhere in there—me. Have … Continue reading

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