Author Archives: Petals of Joy

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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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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