Category Archives: Beautiful Life

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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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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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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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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