Faith*Family*Friends*(& Coffee)

Put Your Hands in the Air

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but raising kids is hard. Whether you have family around or not; a huge church or just a couple of like-minded folks; whether you have one kiddo or ten. It’s heart wrenching, twenty-four-seven, soul-aching-full-of-love hard work. And like most things that are hard, the rewards are almostĀ incalculable. When that hard work includes shepherding young hearts to follow...

“My” Voice

Find your voice, they say. Tell your story, they say. Your words have power; your story gives hope. The truth? The truth is I don’t want to find my voice. My words are empty and my story is hopeless. My voice says the same thing – Look at me. Hear me! Me, me, me. This is hard and I’m always right and I know it best. Better than you. But You? Your voice is air. Your Words speak life. Your voice...

Fall, In Love

An endless path stretches before us, blanketed in a golden carpet of crisp, fall beauty. They run ahead, those three little ones of ours, without a care in the world. Laughter and squeals trail behind them on the air. Beneath our feet the leaves await us – they’ve placed themselves just so, just for us, you know. They sing out their divine song as we stroll among the autumnal glory that is this day....

Where You See Me

Curled in a ball under the duvet. Eyes clenched tight. So tight the tears pooling inside can’t escape. I rock and clench and hum and pretend. Pretend that the whole world is here inside this coccoon of warmth I’ve made for myself here is my bed. In the dark. Muted sounds muffle their way through the layers of protection. This armor of fluff and fuzz. I do my best to pretend they aren’t there. Or...

Pollen From Paint?

The sun streamed in through the floor-to-ceiling windows and warmed our backs as we sipped coffee at our favorite cafe – a rare treat in October (the sun, not the coffee). Our son toddled happily around his familiar surroundings and we just sipped, and chatted, and watched and enjoyed. When out of the corner of my eye I saw something moving – sort of twitching – around; so I gave it my full...

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