• grace,  Growth,  Life

    Check in With Your People – A Lesson Learned in Tough Times

    I was 26 years old when I gave birth to our first daughter. She was born a week late and weighed in at over nine pounds. My doctor had repeatedly told me, every week leading up to the birth, that she would be seven pounds, tops. We had some complications during the birth, and she was put in the NICU to be monitored for 5 days. She required a feeding tube inserted through her belly button, as well as breathing treatments administered around the clock. The rug was pulled out from under us, and we found ourselves stunned, facing a situation we never imagined possible. The gamut of emotions was…

  • grace,  Growth,  Life

    Heavy Feelings and Lite Clam Chowder

    My phone was blowing up with emails yesterday. Maybe yours was, too. Updates about closures and cancellations flooded my inbox. So when yet another email came through, I simply didn’t want to open it. But there it was. Canceled. No more sports for the foreseeable future. My daughter has found her niche in competitive volleyball. In just this first season, she’s gained so many life lessons. Additionally, she’s gained self-confidence and courage that has helped begin to shape the person she is becoming. But now it’s over. All practices and tournaments are canceled. In a matter of seconds. I’m feeling some feelings right now. I think we all are. And…

  • grace,  Growth,  parenting,  Teens

    Encouragement for Living Life in an Instagram World

    The headline immediately stole my attention. On November 9th, news broke that Instagram will be removing the “like” feature from posts for some users. This particular announcement was timely for me. Just one week ago, my husband and I allowed our daughter, who is rapidly approaching 16, to get her own Instagram account. It was her very first social media experience, and we juggled all the emotions. We struggled with balancing our desire to keep her safe and emotionally protected with the knowledge that she will be a legal adult in less than 3 years and, frankly, we want (need) to extend the leash a little bit. As much as…

  • grace,  growing pains,  Growth,  parenting

    No Costume Required

    It’s early November 1984 in Abilene, Texas. I’m 7 years old and just coming down from the excitement that Halloween dished out just days before. I had a store-bought costume, straight from the aisles of K-Mart. It was a princess of some sort. The long white polyester dress came with a plastic white mask and accompanying elastic headband to keep it in place. It was the face of a princess with blonde hair and a crown, and hollowed out eyes and nostril holes for breathability and trick-or-treating ease. And of course it was flame retardant because it was the early 80’s and we had evolved. I continued to play with…