Another

I search my playlist for something upbeat.  I need something to transcend the monotony of the daily routine.  I scan for a soundtrack to imitate the spices I am adding to my potatoes. “This Kitchen is for Dancing”.  The sign hangs over my head. I haven’t felt like dancing much lately.  Too much routine, too…

A Most Important Fight

The life journey mothers and daughters have, in all the ups and downs, is full of important memories and lessons.  For me, these became even more valuable the day my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  While the old memories were sweet,  I was bound and determined to also make amazing new ones, and make…

Table-Influence

When I think of “Influence” or “Success”, what do I see?  What do I envision? I see a stage in front of a large group of people being inspired.  I see a book with its millions of copies, changing the world.  I see a individual with a face-mic and thousands of followers nodding in agreement. I…

Jesus Loves You

“Jesus finds us waiting at The Well Because he knows how many years We have been trying to fix ourselves Searching for love in the most dangerous of places.” – Amena Brown   Do you know you are loved?  Do you know you are deeply, passionately, sacredly loved?  You are loved by the God who…

Sleepless Nights

I see your faces in my dreams.  I hear the gun shots and feel the screams.  I choke on the dirt kicked up in a panic as you calculate whether to say in line or run for cover.  You are wept for as I sleep.  Ripped away from home, wooed by lies, imprisoned by violence….

A U-Shaped Life

I am not much of a scientist.  I enjoyed science classes well enough, but I am nothing like my husband or son whom just thrive when engaging in anything science related.  However, I did study the subject enough to understand the dynamics of a hypothesis, an experiment, an anaylsis, and a conclusion.  And while I…

Her Hands

Her hands pick me up, cradle me No more womb first cry in the world safe in her arms Her hands brush my cheek, soothed my soul Scraped up knees crocodile tears, bandaids, TLC Her hands let me soar, pumping learned Schools in letters, numbers, reading, math Her hands teach, french twist and braids Big…

Let The Light In

I love Christmas lights. I love how they twinkle. I love how they attract the eye.  I love how they remind me that light is more powerful than darkness. Every year My family hops into the car, kids in jimmies and Santa hats with their sweet hands around their mugs of hot cocoa, and we go…

Fear is a Liar

Fear is a liar. Clammy palms, gangly fingers ripping hearts away from beauty and light and adventure. Drowning out cheers left alone, empty and dark. Fear is a liar. – Fear is a liar. Beady eyes, twisted smile lurking around dreams devouring hope, faith, and truth. Covering the sun blinding with rain, thunder, hail. Fear…

BREAD!!!

I love bread.  In the winter, when big, giant snow flakes fall onto the cold ground, the experience of making homemade cinnamon craisin bread just speaks my heart language.  I enjoy every piece of it, putting the ingredients into the bread maker with my 6 year old son, watching his excitement as he pushes the…