Thankful Thursday

So there is a lot to be thankful for this week for sure… There were some cool victories for my kids like an internship (paid even, phew!), decisions made, and confirmations that they are right where they need to be. And another victory of my daughter passing a not-so-easy test ( the BEAR of the NC Realtor’s Licensing Exam.) There were also some not-so-cool or fun ‘opportunities’  that lead to eyes wide open and determinations made and support in theRead more

To Dance

  His mom is beautiful.  And the beauty on the outside is only surpassed by the inside.  She’s compassionate. Fun. Artistic and creative. I remember her as one who loves well and laughs easily. She loves to dance. Actually teaches dance and is still in an adult community ballet as far as I know. She’s a woman who loves well and laughs easily. Years ago, as our trio sang, she danced during one of my favorite songs and did aRead more

When Grief Rushes In…

When grief rushes in like a raging river When grief whispers into my aching soul When grief invades like the chill of winter When grief barges in and takes a hold… I will run I will run to the sanctuary I will come To the One who calls to the weary I will run I will come to the sanctuary I will fall at the feet Of the One who loves me.   I will run I will come IRead more

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ “Muse”

So, this challenge is  “So what’s your muse — what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time?” Well, those who read my blog often know that I often walk on a trail on the river’s edge here..and love taking photos there.  I love taking photos of my family and friends and their family and friends…capturing little ‘ordinary’ moments.  But a place that I don’t readily admit to going back to time and time again is …cemeteries.  I absolutelyRead more

NO MORE…

“NO MORE.”  The 72 year-old woman said the words as clear as a bell, and her daughter understood her loud and clear. She put down the spoon that held the food that she was offering her mother.  Her mother had been stricken with Parkinson’s nearly 15 years ago.  From the stories I have heard, this precious woman endured those years with grace, tenacity, and courage. A woman with a doctorate in education, she had invested in many schools and countlessRead more

Just Passing Through…

I went to school in a rush today, and left behind me a wake of needs answered and needs unmet.  I walked into work with a myriad of needs to be addressed, some ordinary, some extra.  I checked things off the list, and tried to be “all there” in the midst of putting out this fire or that, checking off this list or that.  And at 11:00, it hit me.  The funeral was today. A teacher who had retired hadRead more

Never Forgotten

sometimes when we least expect it, we have little reminders of those we have lost Reminders that make us remember and smile, and appreciate the beauty that was not lost but that is just now hidden from our view Like forget-me-nots that emerge from the ground in the Spring these memories emerge from our hearts and we remember those who are never forgotten and appreciate the beauty of their presence in our lives even though they aren’t seen in fullRead more

On foundations that stand

Stone upon stone, brick upon brick, the church has opened it’s wooden doors to countless souls throughout the years.  Yesterday, one by one, many walked up the steps, through the wooden doors, signed the guest book, and sat down on the antique wooden pews in the sanctuary. Why? To remember.  To Grieve.   To Celebrate.  To acknowledge.  To be a firm foundation for those who have lost a loved one. A dear friend’s husband has battled with illness for years.Read more