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Fami-versary: The Anniversary of a Step-Family

Nine years ago, I woke up knowing that I would be sharing the rest of my life with an incredible man who loved me, not in spite of, but because of all my shortcomings - the obvious ones and the ones I may go to great lengths to hide. He sees them before I recognize...

Shattered Pieces Sparkle

Light is in both the broken bottle and the diamond ~ Mark Nepo There are lessons learned, remembered, and hopefully even embraced, during the highs and the lows of life.  Many times the depth of the lesson doesn’t manifest until many years later following considerable...

Honoring the Pain

All parts of the journey are sacred and holy.  Take time to honor the beginning ~ Melody Beattie In January, we often take time to reflect on the previous year.  In taking a step back, I am now able to see the meaning in some of the madness, pain, disappointment, and...

Never Lose Hope

"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope" ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. I learned a long time ago if I had little to no expectations, the disappointment of not receiving what I hoped for wouldn’t be as painful. I lost hope the Christmas I was in...

Persistence

You endure what is supposedly unbearable, and before you know it, you would have done the impossible by bearing the unbearable ~ Donovan Inniss It is so much easier to stay stagnant.  Easier to live in the current status quo rather than to be uncomfortable,...

Watching a Wild Turkey Soar

Important encounters are planned by the souls long before their bodies see each other – Paulo Coelho I cannot remember the first time I met my friend, Ted.   But I knew of him long before I shook his hand. He was a living legend in the community I had come to call...

How I Found Hope for Step-families in Christmas, Part 2

Read part one, How I found Hope for step-families in Christmas, of this series here. Joseph, Mary and Jesus were a step-family who experienced their own struggles, just like step-families of today.  Their story offers us hope and optimism when step-families may feel...

How I found hope for step-families in Christmas

Joseph, Mary and Jesus were a step-family. Surely, step-parenting for Joseph had to be easier than it is now. I mean, they didn’t really have to co-parent with other people…unless you count the Almighty God. They didn’t have to split time with another set of...

Your Sacrifices Are Our Freedoms

To the American Veteran: Thank you. Those two words never seem to be adequate. They do not hold enough space for the depth of gratitude I feel in my heart and deeper into my soul.   I’ve learned to recognize you from a distance because I have the true honor of sitting...

Home Opener, Heart Opener

I have only cried in Neyland Stadium three times: Coach Fulmer's last game, the Florida game eight years ago, and tonight. I didn't cry at the Florida game because UT lost. I didn't know anything about football eight years ago. I was crying because I was in love with...