• All Writings,  Parenting

    Again, my child, Remember Who You Are

      The challenging words below are not new. I have set them before each of my children as they entered high school, and then again, as they have gone on to their respective colleges. And now, for the fourth (and final) time, we are packing up the suburban to drop our “baby” off at the University of Tennessee. I will not go into the emotional weight of this reality for me as a mom, otherwise I would not make it through this post! However, my words to Emmy are the same as they were to her siblings as they each stepped into their new chapter of life.  “Emmy, always, always,…

  • All Writings,  Giftings,  Life,  Parenting

    You’re Invited to Listen

    Dear Readers, Not too long ago I had a conversation with Michael Easley on his radio broadcast show called InContext. If you have the opportunity, I welcome you to listen to my thoughts and stories about life and God, highs and lows, messing up and maturing. The interview can be found here: http://michaelincontext.com/listen/ Resting in Him alone.

  • All Writings,  Parenting

    Magic Kingdom Embraced…

    There are two kinds of people when it comes to analyzing Disney World: those who embrace it wholeheartedly (playful people), and those who reject it emphatically (purposeful people). I belong to the latter group. Reading a book from cover to cover is about as fun as I get. Let’s face it, purposeful people need playful people. Needless to say, when my 17 year old daughter Emmy and I were invited to Disney World by my 18 year old niece Tyler, and my sister-in-lawTonya to celebrate Tyler’s high school graduation, I was a bit taken aback. But then, of course, love took over, and I was committed (sorta). Tonya organized the trip with a 4-day park…

  • All Writings,  Parenting

    Remember Who You Are, revisited

    On Saturday, I watched my “little boy” graduate from Ravenwood High School. Simply because his last name starts with “B”, he was in charge of leading one side of the processional entry in the graduation ceremony. The moment I saw this 6’2″ son of mine walking down the aisle as the graduation music played, dressed in his red robe and red hat, with the hundreds of other students in tow, I caught my breath. Up until this point, only my mind had accepted this milestone of his, but now my heart was involved. As I sat through the different graduation speeches, there was a  gentle whispering in my soul: remember…

  • All Writings,  Parenting

    Mothering, a mixed bag of Emotions

    For the past four days, I’ve had the privilege of having all four of my kids at home at the same time; the older they get, the less frequently this happens. We shared a few meals together, as well as laughter and love. No doubt, this momma cherished every minute. And then yesterday, my 23 year old, Maggie, drove off to begin her first (short term) job as a registered nurse in Georgia. And this morning, my 21 year old, Bink, headed back to Haiti to serve at Hands and Feet for the summer months. I think I can safely say that a common parental goal is to raise and…