• Growth,  Life,  Memories,  parenting,  Teens

    Sweet Memories and a Couple of Insects

    I don’t know about you, but for me, these days of staying at home have brought on some raging cases of nostalgia. Sweet memories flood back at the most unexpected times, and I am 100 percent here for it. Time passes rapidly, and I want to remember every detail. Because I’m with my teenagers every waking (and non-waking) minute, I find myself spending so much time just staring at them. It has actually gotten a little out of hand. It’s mind boggling to me that they are nearly full grown people with nearly full grown faces and nearly full grown personalities. I can’t stop staring. They don’t appreciate the staring…

  • growing pains,  Growth,  parenting,  Teens

    Giving Up the Driver’s Seat

    In 2010 we traded in our Honda Accord for a new, roomier SUV. The Honda Pilot was an easy sell. It’s still our family car today, and in it, we have accumulated far more memories than miles. It has faithfully journeyed with us on road trips, vacations, a cross-country move, and more back-and-forth trips to school, church, and practices than we can count. We’re currently entering a new milestone with this car. One that is, for me, probably the most sentimental and gut wrenching to date. That little blonde is mere months away from 16, and now SHE’S the one behind the driver’s seat. It’s left me wondering how in…

  • 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…

  • growing pains,  parenting,  Teens

    Grieving Their Childhood

    I was headed home on my morning walk when the white feathers against the green grass caught my eye. Two baby birds lay still near the sidewalk, just a few feet under the nest carefully resting on the branches above. I noticed the mama bird immediately. Flitting from branch to branch, she was unable to sit still, but also unable to do anything about her situation. My heart broke and I silently felt such a maternal connection to that mama bird. I wanted to softly whisper to her, “I’m so sorry. It’s my biggest fear, too.” We are approaching the last five years before becoming empty nesters ourselves, and I’m…