Encouragement · Letters from the Heart · Love

Dear Son, You Have My Permission

Gah. This letter still makes me cry. I wrote it two years ago when my oldest was approaching high school graduation. We used to meet once a week to have lunch to talk about the days ahead and anything else I was afraid I’d forgotten to teach him. More than all of that, I just…… Continue reading Dear Son, You Have My Permission

Encouragement · Letters from the Heart

Dear Mom, You Need to Hear This

Dear Mom, Every year that passes, I realize how much I need you and how much you have been in my corner-even when I was blindsided by self-centered desires. Your unconditional love was on display through it all. If only there were adequate words to convey the emotions in my heart for the gratitude I…… Continue reading Dear Mom, You Need to Hear This

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Moment of Truth Monday [in May]

  Hey there, friend! I’m glad you are here. In fact, I’ve grown to love Mondays with you. You see the table in that photo? That’s where I sit every time I draft a post, and that mug [or whichever is clean at the time] is always full of my favorite tea. Did you know…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday [in May]

Encouragement · Faith · Hope

The Power of Change

  A blanket of white covered the terrain for as far as the eye could see. Boundaries once created with the silhouette of hedges, were now blurred by the layer of fresh snow. The pathway to our casita was obscured by the tree branches bent low under the weight of the powder. I stood admiring…… Continue reading The Power of Change

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Moment of Truth Monday: April Edition

Moment of Truth Monday: I am the student who sometimes requires a do-over. As much as I long to learn concepts the first time, certain lessons just don’t stick. While I used to begrudge my “slow” learning style, I’ve come to appreciate that some lessons are worth repeating. I originally wrote a version of this…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: April Edition

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Moment of Truth Monday: March Edition

Dreaming has been a semi-elusive experience for me. Not the type of dreaming you entertain in your deepest state of rest, but the ones born in your soul. It’s not that there’s a shortage of dreams in me, but I have a tendency toward hard stops before the dream has a chance to evolve. Dreaming…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: March Edition

Sow Kind

Happy 1st Birthday, #sowkindmovement!

Originally posted on Empty Plate . Full Heart:
“May you be given more and more of God’s kindness, peace, and love.” Jude 1:2 (TLB) One year ago, today, March 1, 2018, for the unnecessary sake of redundant clarification, a dear friend of mine, Alyssa De Los Santos, began one of the most influential campaigns I’ve ever…