Author Archives: Petals of Joy

Because It’s May, and I’m Teacher-Tired

Oh teacher friends. It’s that time of year. Yep. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the time of year when you drag your tired butt through the door of your home and think, Cooking is lame. Pizza for the third … Continue reading

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What it Really Means to See Each Other

I was pulling out of a parking space, when she caught my eye. Her tired frown told the story. Kids packed tight in her minivan. Groceries loaded. With shoulders slumped, she pushed the cart to the side of the vehicle. … Continue reading

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Going to Church can be Hard for Me

Sundays are hard. The alarm goes off, and I snooze for far too long. I don’t want to get up. Not because I’m tired (I am). Not because I love sleep (I really don’t.) Not because my bed is warm … Continue reading

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Choosing to Trust God When I Don’t Want to

The rain falls softly this Sunday morning. I didn’t go to church. I couldn’t wear a fake smile and dress in fake laughter. I’m not ready to share my grief in person.  But here? In this space, I can hide … Continue reading

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Is God Still Good?

Our ballerina girl was diagnosed with scoliosis. Her spine curved with each centimeter she grew. Back pain became part of her every day. In a tutu-filled world of pointe shoes and buns, posture is everything and a spine growing wonky-like … Continue reading

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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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