The grape vine.

There is a grape vine just beyond the porch.  Its roots spiral out of the ground like an Oklahoma twister.  Spinning smaller and smaller until the sweet fruit bursts forth like grace.  A grace this house has known since 1937. Bearing a mountainous back drop, this grape vine's dry limbs beg for my attention as…

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Grateful.

...giving thanks always for all things to God the Father. - Ephesians 5:20 Yesterday our OT class gathered for a Thanksgiving lunch... all of the first/second years and staff.  With the stress of the end of the semester upon us, we needed to gather in gratitude.  The second year president blessed our food and our…

Should.

After many, many months of prayer, surrender, and obedience before the Lord, it brings me so much joy to share with you my first book, Should: Silencing What We Should do. Captivated by What God Shall do. Through these words came healing and restoration. With every aching letter came the discovery of a passion and…

Imagine.

I felt under the weather yesterday.  If I had to guess, I would say it was a combination of stress and cold temperatures.  My head was throbbing as we drove home, and all I could think was a hymn from church yesterday morning. We boast in our weakness for He is our strength.  When I…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

What gets you in the Holly Jolly Christmas mood like a mercantile Christmas open house.  Our shop owner called me last week to see if I would be able to work this weekend.  She couldn't finish the question before I gave a YES!   Just look at our store!  It's a dream!! Since OT school started,…

Sweet memories.

I stumbled upon a video yesterday in the library, a serendipitous event of sorts. Sitting with tear-stained eyes, I felt my Mimaw in that quiet library.  For but a moment I looked into her eyes again, blue as the ocean, and wished for one more story.  As I watched these deep souls remember their lives,…

The tudor cottage.

If you were to ask anyone that knew me growing up what house I would one day own, you would get an unanimous answer: tudor cottage.  Take one look at my Pinterest, and you'll verify that answer... see for yourself in two of my favorites... There is something about those criss-cross windows and creaky floors…

Right here, right now.

I was approached by a classmate the other day.  He expressed that he missed reading my blog, and my heart immediately felt the weight of the world.  As I write today, tears gather in my eyes. Why? …and I kind of wanna be a little vulnerable this morning because my heart so desperately needs it.…

Hot tea and sugar cubes.

This weekend my mom and I hosted a bridal tea for our dear friend.  It was a beautiful celebration of companionship and love.  We raised our pinkies, sipped our tea, and imagined how proud Queen Elizabeth would be. It has been exhausting and exciting times, and I cannot wait to tell you more soon.