Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part Two: Seasons

Seasons, wherefore art thou? For some of you, a new season is playing out in majestic ways right in front of your eyes. For others, like me, the anticipation of experiencing a new season is palpable. Although the calendar says we are in Autumn, the temperatures don’t match what I expect it to feel like.…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part Two: Seasons

Encouragement · Letters from the Heart

Dear Daughter, Live in the Middle

Here is the third letter in the Letters from the Heart blog series! We have several more letters to go, and you will hear from some new voices in the coming weeks. The letters are tender and inspiring, and I hope you’ll come back every Monday to read each installment! I had the fortune/misfortune of…… Continue reading Dear Daughter, Live in the Middle

Encouragement · Love

Dear Daughter: Words to Live By

Dear Daughter, From your earliest days, you were marked for leadership. Your drive and tenacity to master skills and complete tasks were unmatched. What I used to call independence, I now understand as leadership and determination. Your fierce loyalty to your favorite things [your blanket, stuffed animal, and sippy cup], was reflective of the passion…… Continue reading Dear Daughter: Words to Live By

Encouragement

Moment of Truth Monday

Settling into a new “normal” is not nearly as simple as it sounds. Am I the only one that grapples with change? I crave routine and thrive on well-laid plans, but I am experienced enough to know life is full of uncertainties. Learning to adjust and be flexible is necessary, even if the shift is…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

Love

Dear Son: An Open Letter

Dear Son, As I drove away from our last lunch together for your senior year, I cried. I wasn’t sad, but deeply grateful. It was similar to the feeling when I laid you down in the basinet next to my bed for the first time. I should have been napping along with you, but instead…… Continue reading Dear Son: An Open Letter

Encouragement · Faith · Hope

Shipwrecked by Status

Sitting alone and crying was my new normal. Grappling with my “status” consumed me and I didn’t like any of it. Of all the hard things in my life, this was definitely the worst. Divorce was not unfamiliar, but it knocked the wind out of me when it became my descriptor. My silent hopes and dreams fell…… Continue reading Shipwrecked by Status