Fainting + Blistery Walks + Baptisms and New Churches = Thankful

A Thankful Tuesday List: My tendency to hit my funny bone and faint is kind of a joke in my family. I pass out, not when my life is at risk or I’ve truly destroyed a significant part of my appendages, but when I fall down on my knees or hit my elbow on a [Read More…]

Julie Bowen and our Bellies

Last night was a sucker punch of bedtime crazy. My screaming preschooler woke his brother up twice between the hours of 8 and 9:30. I was back and forth to them and finally finished bedtime at 10:30, three hours after it had started. I’m still at my parents and felt sorry for myself. So I [Read More…]

Hard Thankful

“One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations.” -St. John of Avila (via Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts) My brother Brooks’ lifelong friend died Sunday night. He had brain cancer. Jeremy was a groomsman in Brooks’ wedding. My brother loved him. [Read More…]

Fat Tuesday Thankful

Writing posts two nights in a row at 11 pm because I spent the evening with friends. My husband’s heartbreaking skill at searing and roasting a pork chop. Creating a Goo Goo Dolls station on Pandora while our friends were over last night. Wow, 90’s music was the best. The “Hoe Cake Hoe Down,” my [Read More…]

Poem-a-Day Friday: Rainer Marie Rilke

(My New Year’s resolution was to read one poem a day. Every Friday, I share one of those poems with you.) This week I read Rainer Marie Rilke with my writer’s group and discussed one of his poems from The Book of Hours (which I¬†should¬†really read). All that discussing Rilke got me a mood to [Read More…]

{Practices of Parenting Carnival} In Which I Believe in Family Dance Parties

My family had one living area in our three bedroom ranch house. It had a shiny brick bench in front of the fireplace. It was a perfect place for a stage and served as one pretty faithfully for this girl obsessed with her own performance skills. Most of my best moves were done while I [Read More…]