i have seen Him.

I remember the day quite clearly. I walked out of the optometrist’s office with a pair of round lens tortoise-shell glasses and proudly pronounced, “Who knew trees had leaves?” I was being a bit facetious about the knowing part, but I wasn’t at all teasing about the being about to see them part. Having self-selected not to wear glasses for years because I didn’t think they looked good on me, I had also chosen to miss { read more… }

M&Ms and hair dye.

It was the fun size package, and this confuses me because I surely think the fun size should be much larger. But nonetheless, I sorted them by color. And lined them up. And then began eating them one color at a time, one M&M at a time. { Something like what you see in this picture. But I’m actually more OCD than the person who gets the photo cred here, because I would have all my M&Ms either { read more… }

don’t miss the miracle.

Six years ago I received for Mother’s Day what is probably one of my all-time favorite gifts: a gas-powered leaf blower. Yep. You read that right. Power tools are my love language, especially if they help me battle my OCD obsession with leaves. While I love the live oaks surrounding our house, I don’t love all the leaves. A clean and cute porch devoid of leaves is my preference, thus, the leaf blower is my friend. A little over a month { read more… }

seven year old secrets.

I want you to meet Emma. She’s seven years old, and she knows All. The. Secrets. She taught them to me tonight, and they are too good not to share with you. 1. Plan a date night with someone you love. 2. Be excited All. Day. Long. Be so excited you can’t concentrate. 3. Buy the necklace at Target. It might be $9 of your allowance, but it’s worth it. 4. Put on a pretty dress and { read more… }

the secret to being brave.

I am still alive. I know I haven’t written in weeks. I could make up some story about how busy I’ve been… or I could tell you the truth and just say this: I do not have this faith thing all figured out. Sometimes I fall flat on my face. Just because I’ve been ordained and chosen ministry as my full-time passion and purpose doesn’t mean life doesn’t knock me down sometimes. It doesn’t mean { read more… }