Encouragement · Porch Pondering

Porch Pondering Part Three: Reaping and Sowing

This is the final part of the “Porch Pondering” vlog series. It was a labor of love, and it taught me a few things about myself. I am a hand-talker. Wow. As much as I love the outdoors, the outdoors doesn’t always reciprocate. Melinda wields great power with her calm spirit. Video editing and storytelling…… Continue reading Porch Pondering Part Three: Reaping and Sowing

Sow Kind

It’s Time for NEW #Sowkind Shirts

For anyone curious about what the hashtag means, you can check out this post for more information. This is an organic effort to scatter kindness in the world around us. What started as a letter writing campaign has diversified to sticky notes on bathroom mirrors, dinners dropped off for friends, car chargers given to weary…… Continue reading It’s Time for NEW #Sowkind Shirts

Community · Encouragement · Sow Kind

Just When I Feel Like Quitting

I want to share a story with you. This summer, while heading out on a mission trip, I decided to leave a note in the Houston Hobby airport bathroom. It was a simple note to cheer on the woman who would enter the bathroom stall sometime after me. So far this sounds noble and lovely,…… Continue reading Just When I Feel Like Quitting

Encouragement · Grace

Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative

As an English teacher, the idea of narratives is ever on my mind and infused into conversations. It’s easy to discuss and analyze a dynamic character; what motivates the character to action, what lie does the character believe, and what is the catalyst for their ultimate change? I think we instinctively do that in life.…… Continue reading Turning Kindness Inward: A Personal Narrative

Encouragement · Letters from the Heart

Dear Friends in Low Places

Today’s letter comes to you from a friend I’ve logged many hours laughing with. She is the type of person who is authentic, unafraid to tell the truth about her self, and willing to step into someone else’s mess [including mine]. She makes up the best dance moves, always has a funny story to tell,…… Continue reading Dear Friends in Low Places

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 · 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