All the Things: Summer Favorites

Just a few little things that… lighten my load make me laugh stir my heart make me think bring me joy…. I think you might like them, too.   Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette, your local grocer, $2.98 If Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette were water, I could get in my recommended daily allowance much easier. Brianna’s fly goes perfectly with summer’s fresh. Strawberries, cucumbers, body lotion…

All the Things: May

Just a few little things that… lighten my load make me laugh stir my heart make me think bring me joy…. I think you might like them, too. Read all the way to the end for a chance at a fun giveaway on the items marked with a * *Ronald Reagan dinner quote print, The Plaid Pineapple, $8 I snagged this sweet little print last Christmas when Denise Hughes (founder and…

Leave a Tender Moment

You got to leave a tender moment alone. ~Billy Joel ‘Mom, let me see your phone.’ My middle unhooked her arm from around my waist to square up her fingers like a frame around an enormous patch of flowers in every color there is. I know what she’s doing. She’s my artist and her eye can’t not see beauty whether sitting right on the surface or by…

Surprised by Church

They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Acts 2:42, The Message ‘Why do we have to go?’ ‘Because they’re family that’s why.’ They’re weird, there’s always lima beans, and I would rather stay home. I only say this in my head about the family reunion because it’s rude as a child to say…

Be the One You Needed

I can’t remember for sure but it feels like my first introduction to Jesus was probably to his clear set of rules. In my world of chaos, the thought of some sort of blueprint was appealing even if I thought early on most of the consequences for rule-breaking would be hell. As the years and I both grew, I read about how Jesus wept, how much he liked…

What Will You Do if You Get One More Day?

This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before. ~Maya Angelou I’m not sure if it was because of Erma Bombeck or the Kings of Leon begging me from the radio to Waste a Moment, but yesterday evening found me and my youngest pulled over on the side of the road mooing at the new spring calves. They watched us with their curious moon eyes…

Why We Need Each Other’s Stories

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong in the broken places. ~Ernest Hemingway ‘I hope you are sitting down. Because I need to tell you my story.’ This, the first line of an email from a woman whose soul I recognized as my sister even before I hugged her for the first time in the year before. Life in different time zones hadn’t so far afforded us…

The Barefoot Sessions: Amber Salhus

  Because I prefer my feet naked, same as my conversations.   The internet is a weird place, right? You see someone online, you think ‘We should be friends only you don’t know it yet’ so you take it to the next level by instant messaging. If that works out, you exchange numbers and which leads to voxing each other all day until you meet up in South Carolina…

All the Things: February 2017

  Just a few little things that… lighten my load make me laugh stir my heart make me think bring me joy…. I think you might like them, too. Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids Kristen A. Jensen, MA and Gail Poyner, PhD Porn. Go ahead. Roll it around in your mouth like a poo sandwich. Make the face that goes along with that and come…

A Letter: To the Woman Crying in Her Car

Hey Mama, As ever any morning and not excepting this one, my pilot was set to auto in the stop-go-stop-please-just-for-all-the-holy-go school traffic. Running two fingers around a twist of hair much the way my mind rounded the day’s tasks, my eyes skipped in light fashion along every different-same face in every same-different car caught up in the mechanics…