Saturday, July 2, 2016

Loving Deeply and Losing

***This post was also featured on the Huffington Post as part of Common Grief, a Healthy Living editorial initiative. 

Until I actually lost my mom to cancer, I had a really shallow understanding of grief. 

Although I experienced loss and sympathized with others before— meaning, I mourned those who have died, attended funerals, sent notes, brought food, cried, prayed, and held hands— I had absolutely no idea what it really meant to grieve.  I thought I did.  But as it turns out, I didn’t.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


My just-turned 9 year-old, Lyles, got these silicone icing bottles for his birthday.  They look like accordions with lots of decorative tips that are meant to take a baking hobby to the next level.  These are not quite professional, but give it a try, user friendly, kind of decorating gadgets.  He couldn’t wait to get his hands on them.  So, I wasn’t at all surprised when he asked to make cupcakes.

Friday, February 12, 2016

My Lenten Confession

So here I am with a confession.  While I have been hearing, even going through bits and pieces and motions of this intentional season in my church to draw nearer to God year after year, I am very sorry to say I don’t think I’ve ever really experienced the point of Lent in the way my faith deserves.  

Friday, January 15, 2016

Getting Through Christmas to Everyday

It wasn’t so much that I wasn’t ready for Christmas this year.  Truth be told, I didn’t want Christmas at all this year.  Every part of me was avoiding its coming.  The thought of Christmas without my beautiful mom was too much.