The One Where The Wine Is On the Porch

A dear friend of mine asked me a few weeks ago if we’re capable of having a “boring life.” You see everyone I am closely connected with are all doing really hard things…on purpose… and we’re all exhausted. We’re being brave through life changes, we’re kicked down and we get back up, we start new things,…

The One With The Coffee Bean

Green coffee beans were our oldest daughter’s first toy. She used to scoop them up and pour them into different containers as she explored volume in the mind of a toddler. We used to put her on top of our coffee burlap sacks for fun and drag her to every coffee shop in a 5…

The One When It’s Been 2 Months of Being a Family of 5

On a rainy Thursday afternoon our littles were napping and we had just finished up a home visit. My phone rings. “We have a 1 year old girl needing to be placed. Do you want her?” That’s about it. The biggest question I get asked is “How long will you have her?” I admit, it’s…

The One When We Thought it Was Goodbye But It Was Really Hello

I packed her bag. She came with just a blanket but over 3 weeks she’s accumulated a lot. I stuck a Jesus Storybook Bible with an inscription inside…”You are loved sweet girl. we are thankful you were with us. You are beautifully made” I told our girls to say goodbye and hugged and kissed her….

The One With A Dead Mouse

I wrote that text to my husband early last week:                       Then a few days later I wrote this: Then three days after that I wrote this:    And that my friends, is REAL LIFE WITH KIDS. We can all post pictures of perfectly smiled kids…

The One with the Story To Tell

  I once heard that the things that really break your heart are the things you are meant to lean into and the things that you keep at a distance out of fear is what you are really meant to create, explore, and do. I think if we are really honest with ourselves we all have…

The One When I Turned 32

A day before my 32 birthday and I officially got…you guessed it…a mini-van. Didn’t think I’d actually do that at 31 but here we are and there is no going back. Eek! My 31st year had it’s share of learning moments. We moved from 4 jobs to 2 careers and I began to find my…

The One with the Green Pastures

In July I shared my stories of a childhood place I call my Green Pastures after Psalm 23 to my church community. It was a place where I was so intricately connected to my soul and God’s presence. I talked freely to Him and danced with Him in the wind. It was my magical place. My…

The One with No Sidewalks

9 years ago we settled in West Charlotte. By choice. Most people are surprised by that fact. West Charlotte doesn’t have the best perception. It wasn’t a mistake that we landed on Effingham Dr. (although that street name alone almost made me back out.) We moved there because of our desire to be planted in a…

The One About a Seat at the Table

I grew up surrounded by a group of women. My mom has strong friendships with many but I remember a handful of women that were her TRIBE. These ladies got together to laugh, pray for each other’s kids, and supported each other in the ups and downs of life. Literally, these women were in my…

The One with Jesus’ Toes and Bathroom Floors

I used to have really bad temper tantrums when I was 4, the age of my daughter now. Thank you Jesus I’m not dealing with those same ones with her (sorry mom). My parents saw a counselor to try to figure out how to help me deal with all my many emotions. The thing was…

The One When the Day Becomes More Bittersweet

My best friend had a perfect pregnancy and she had the most beautiful baby boy last August. Shortly after his delivery it was quickly realized that his precious body wasn’t equipped to take on this world. He was a fighter. His parents are too. Six and half bittersweet weeks went by and after several more…