Go. Play

I just finished an article for a local magazine.  It was a technical piece that requested research on the subject.   So I did the research.  As it turns out, the American Pediatric Academy has turned up some groundbreaking data on all these benefits for kids in the form of: Good old-fashioned playing. I was about to say something drily, like, ‘Well, we really don’t need to be reminded…

Some Good Advice: 5 Things To Never Do Upon Return From a Mission Trip

I admit it: I have been a bit of a hot mess since I got back from Uganda.  I said it was going to happen, knew it would happen and yet…still surprised that it happened.  It hit me one day after Googling split personalities, ‘My goodness.  I’m not well after my trip.’  Not well doesn’t cover what all I’ve been stepping in.  So you know how…

Raise Your Hand If You Want to Win a Free Sole Hope Shoe Party

There are a million things to do this summer.  Well…at least a hundred.  What if one of those days when your kids are tired of playing in the water and sidewalk chalking and counting clouds or declaring boredom…what if you had a party? What if that party was fun? And what if…now, just dream with me here…what if that party that was fun was to help…

A Letter to the PG Class of 2021

Hey guys, Let me tell you something.  I love that I can still come have lunch with Gavin and as I’m walking down the hall to the cafeteria, I feel like a rock star with hugs and high fives and ‘Hi, Mrs. Blair’.  Next year when you go to middle school you will act as if you don’t know me.  I want you to know…I will still…

Healing Faith

  Our mission is to leave these families affected by malaria with a greater protection and promise than just a mosquito net.  It is to leave them with a faith and hope that can heal more than we ever could.’         ~Kari Segner    How many Aggies does it take to change the world? Apparently…just two. When Kari and Jason Segner met and married in College Station, Texas all those years…

Still Life

‘Be still.’ I whisper this to my son during church.  While reading books to my middlest in bed.  When trying to get a splinter out of the baby’s foot. Be still. What I am saying is: You need to hear this.  I feel like you’re not listening.  I am trying to help you and you won’t let me. It’s for their good that I call them…

Hey God, I’m Disappointed

Hey God, My heart is sore.  You know why.  But I’m going to tell You anyway because we’re good like that and You like to hear it. A word keeps rolling around in my head like a slow marble: disappointed.  Ah.  To be discouraged by the failure of one’s expectations. This week I was let down by someone I’m related to that lives in my house…

How Big, Bearded Men Throw Us Off Our Game

Watching my son play soccer is a joy. It’s a true pleasure to watch your child do something well at something they enjoy, isn’t it? So it was a little painful and frustrating last weekend to see him flounder a bit before he found his groove. Not because we all have off days…it was the reason why. This season, my son is playing up on a team…

This Means War: A Mad Mama’s Thoughts On Pornography

When I hear advice on a stage of parenting that I am not yet in, I will tuck it away for later. I might remember the faint smell of it after a situation with one of my children and think, ‘Oh, that’s what that was about.’ A couple of months ago, a friend sent me a long text detailing a mess her son had gotten into. She was loving…

Thank You to a Real Lady

My Meme is a soft, sweet lady.  She will cluck and fuss over you with a cup of coffee and set you down to eat whether you are hungry or not.  She will always send you home with something she sewed or homemade pepper jelly.  With all her gentility, there were two rules she had with no room for breaking or that same southern charm could sear you like a…