When Ideals Collide

About 6 months ago my teenage daughter decided she wanted to be a vegan. She had been doing some research and for better health wanted to give the vegan lifestyle a go. For those of you unfamiliar, here’s what that means: A vegetarian does not eat meat, but may still eat the by-products of animals…

Sacred Space

By some people’s standards my parents were considered “strict” when I was growing up. My twin brother and I were no strangers to getting into trouble as a kid, but most of my spankings were for 2 reasons:  my smart mouth (which still gets me into trouble today) and misbehaving in church (which I’m not…

Keeping the Fire Burning

Even though my girls were outside playing today in the warmer temps, just a few days ago the mercury dipped down to the 20s and we had a dusting of snow on the ground.  In the south, a “snow day” is a very big deal.  We don’t get them often and the snow rarely stays…

Standing on the Edge

Sixteen summers ago my husband was finishing up his first year of seminary and we didn’t have any children yet.  We worked for the seminary and college but our responsibilities ended when the students left for the summer and we had 2 months before they came back.  It was the first and only time in…

Feed Me Please

This morning I’m in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC at a conference with Hubby.  As these things go, they always serve breakfast pretty early.  We are early risers at our house, but this morning, without meaning to, we slept in.  When we woke up, breakfast was over.  Hubby said he would just wait until…

Reflections of a Preacher’s Wife

Today is my 18th wedding anniversary. My husband was already a preacher when I married him and so my life has been on display before a congregation of people since before I said “I do”. All these years later we have ministered in many settings to multiple congregations and have been blessed with 5 great…

Lesson from a Riptide

My family and I were on vacation at the beach not long ago and had a great time. Our girl Cadence, who is autistic, loves the ocean and it gives us a lot of joy to see her enjoy the water. One afternoon she and my hubby went out from the shore a little ways…

Hard Medicine: Post-it Note #149

Last week one of my kiddos came in from school with a bad headache and a low-grade fever.  Apparently she had felt bad most of the day but didn’t want to have them call me to come get her.  I asked if she felt bad enough to take something for the headache and she said…

The Doctor Appointment: Post-it Note #132

In a perfect world we would never have to take our kids to the doctor.  But I would settle for a logical and peaceful world.  A world in which a 4-year-old responds with an “ok mom” when they are told they need to go to the doctor if they want their yucky throat to feel…

Hiding the Boo Boos: Post-it Note #63

My girl Haven is a Sweetie Pie.  Very loving and kind and easy-going.  But when she gets a Boo Boo, she turns into a different sort of person. Drama abounds.  She was unfortunate enough to have an infection when she was 4 that resulted in a high fever, time in bed and a very, very…

The Diet…Post-it Note #48

My family – all 7 of us are on a 10-day detox.  From sugar, artificial colors/ingredients, caffeine, dairy, gluten, etc.  There’s nothing in our house except fresh whole foods.  Nothing refined or processed.  My kids think I’m trying to kill them.  Here’s the thing though – we were ready for a change….for all sorts of…

The Yellow Brick Road…Post-it Note #41

Do you remember The Wizard of Oz?  I remember being scared out of my mind of the flying monkeys!  I still have trouble watching that movie.  But I loved all the other parts.  Especially the Munchkins and all their voices saying, “follow the yellow brick road”. We all wish we could follow a yellow brick…