The People of My Year 2017

2017 was a painful year marked by loss. The loss of people, a job, my mobility, hardship, loss of ministry, and hurt. Everything I thought I wanted wasn’t to be. Looking back, I am so thankful that what I thought I wanted wasn’t God’s best for me. But as I reflect on what was, I am ever more [...]

A Christmas Memory

I believe in Santa, despite what the kids in my classroom said when I was 11. We would visit Granny’s house every Christmas Eve. We’d pack the car with packages and hit the road bound for Austin. I looked forward to this road trip for months because it meant presents and surprises from Santa, [...]

Day 8: 5 Things To Know Before Getting A Puppy

Getting a puppy is like having a baby, only there is no birthing process. Can I tell you more? Having a puppy will bring you tremendous joy and angst at the same time. When they’re sick, you worry until all is well. You will experience a feeling of great helplessness when something is off and [...]

Day 6: Facing Curbside Fears

She has a bold and adventurous spirit and is rarely timid, but being just six months old she can be a little skittish especially when it comes to unknown territory. Scout loves to take long walks through the neighborhood and true to the beagle breed she’ll get her nose to the ground and walk [...]

Day 5: My Pup’s Top 10 Favorite Things

Scout is the first puppy I’ve ever had. She loves to play and she loves toys. But more than anything, she loves to eat. And, being a beagle, she’ll eat anything. It’s kind of like what I think it’d be like having a two-year-old! Scout the beagle’s top ten favorite things: 1.Crushed [...]

Day 3: But, I’m Not A Dog Person

It was October and a beautiful day in Austin, Texas, when a friend of mine and I decided we’d head to Dogtoberfest and enjoy a glass of wine at my favorite restaurant. She brought her beautiful golden retriever, because, well it was a Dog Fest. And me, not being a dog person, managed [...]

Day 2: True Love Found at Buc-ee’s

I lost her just five months ago. She had first been diagnosed with pneumonia, and then days later the news came that she had lung cancer. Lung cancer in dogs is rare, just 1% of dogs will be diagnosed. She was a rescue beagle. A sweet, gentle, loving, mild beagle named Skylar with brown eyes as big [...]

Write 31 Days: Reflections of a Dog Mom

Welcome to my Write 31 Days page of 2017. This is my third year to participate in the daily writing challenge. And, a challenge it will be. I struggled to come up with my theme this year and to be honest, I’m not certain I have 31 days in me. But I’m going to give it go! In the [...]

Summer of 2017

Have you ever been on a roller coaster ride when the train of cars slowly tick, tick, ticks up the steep hill only to plunge downward at warp speed? Well, the highs and lows of my summer felt just like being on the world’s tallest roller coaster, Kingda Ka, which stands 456 feet, at Six Flags [...]

In A Booth At Exit 188

I called a friend to tell them that I was pulling off the highway at Exit 188 and making a stop to get something to eat. I was coming back from visiting my mom who I had just moved to a rehab hospital about 90 miles away from me. My mom spent the past two weeks in the hospital, recovering from [...]
1 2