I woke to his little hand patting me on my back. "Mama," he whispered loudly. "Mama!" I rolled over. "What is it, baby?" It was my seven-year old little fella, Cooter. "I had a bad dream." He climbed up beside me. I wrapped him up in a big hug. "It's okay. Mama's got you. Nothing… Continue reading The Tour Guide
Month: September 2014
The Sound of Music
My heart rejoices. My girl is playing her guitar again. After a couple of years on the oboe (and a minor fortune spent on those reeds!) and a couple of years on percussion, my oldest Aub asked for a new instrument. She wanted to try her hand and skills on the guitar. We got her… Continue reading The Sound of Music
I have been a bit teary today. Overwhelmed. That's what I've felt for a little bit now. Teary because I'm overwhelmed. Maybe not how you think though. Overwhelmed by what people can do. What their hearts and sweet souls lead them to do that touches the lives of those around them. Sometimes people they know,… Continue reading Overwhelmed
Who Makes You Feel Loved?
Two weeks ago I asked my oldest, a college sophomore, a very telling question. I asked it without any expectations of the answer, just on a whim. I like to give in to whimsy sometimes (that might be my word for 2015--it's in the running), so when it came to mind, I asked. "Who makes you… Continue reading Who Makes You Feel Loved?
A Gem of a Day
Thirty-seven years ago today, this evening to be precise, our family got a big surprise. In the days before finding out the gender before birth was a common thing, my Daddy surprised us with the news that we had a new baby brother. Exactly what I'd wished for. After three girls, my brother completed our… Continue reading A Gem of a Day
Barring Unforeseen Circumstances
I love my job. The one that has me spending no two days the same--the one that can turn around on a dime, as quick as the numbers rise on a thermometer or a stomach goes south or as fast as we realize we have to have this particular something by Saturday. I rarely plan… Continue reading Barring Unforeseen Circumstances
Just My Type
Today something lovely joined the area of my house that is fast becoming my haven, my spot, my place to be.....and nothing more. I lie back there and daydream while watching the clouds float across the sky as if I don't have anything at all to do. I sit in the midst of things from "home" and… Continue reading Just My Type
About Smiles and Being Beloved
Some Sunday nights at our gatherings we talk about hard things. We attempt to answer hard questions. We wipe away tears from laughter and from introspection. And though we may not leave having answers to all of the questions (or some weeks, any), we leave with a sense that we are not alone in our… Continue reading About Smiles and Being Beloved
We Can Do Better…..
I've been fascinated with the journey of the "Humans of New York" photographer. From Europe to Africa to Asia.....the stories of the people he comes across in his journey have made me laugh, cry, and fall to my knees in thanksgiving. Sometimes I forget how good I have it. Brandon's photos and stories often remind… Continue reading We Can Do Better…..
Comfort in a Cup
We have a few traditions when it comes to birthdays in our family. First of all, we celebrate for more than a day--we have birthday weeks and sometimes happenings for our birthday month. It's all about the celebrating the lives of those we hold near and dear. You get to pick what kind of cake (or pie… Continue reading Comfort in a Cup