She always looks at herself in the mirror differently than I ever did. I catch her every now and then, gazing at the mirror, practicing different smiles and ways of holding her shoulders back with her head up and a smirk of pride crosses her lips. A smirk of pride crosses Brennan’s face when she … [Read more...] about you are already amazing
The thing is, love is just so big and wide and deep. Love was there in the silence as nothingness swirled in the mist and love was the first word spoken over it all and love is the banner over us and love never left and love is what came down to show us what love looks like with flesh on. Love … [Read more...] about hey girls? love is big enough.
2017, please, have mercy on us. 2017, please, be kind. See, we’re still a little tender from the previous three-hundred-and-sixty-five days. See, our last go-round did some damage on our hearts, so you must understand, we have some scars that might require extra tending to. I think it was … [Read more...] about dear 2017: a resolution for restoration
When I’m being honest, I don’t know how to do this. The lights hang outside and the star sits atop the tree and childlike wonder dances through our very house and we talk about the birth of peace itself yet I still just can’t even. It’s too much, as Ellie says when I ask her to clean up. It’s … [Read more...] about if your advent aches
It seems fitting, somehow, that as the earth tilts on its axis and turns the way it does and our days become shorter and the nights become longer that the dark seems to be casting its shadow far past our street corners and sidewalks. It seems that as the year inches forward, our days have literally … [Read more...] about a prayer for when gratitude is hard
I sit on the front porch, relishing the North Carolina green that surrounds me, magnolia trees beginning to show off with blooms up and down, the morning air still crisp from a rain the night before. The girls are noisy rowdy in front of me, wrestling over sidewalk chalk, lost within a world of … [Read more...] about finding hope in the hard