This thing called Motherhood

  It was exactly two weeks ago that I stood up on stage and read my story of motherhood. I wrote it four years ago on a Saturday night after I couldn't sleep. I was tossing and turning and these words kept racing in my mind. I finally decided to get up and do something with all my thoughts.  It was 3 am in the morning and I turned on my computer in my office and wrote the words down. My words came pouring out, all 1625 of them. It took about two hours to compose a story that life had written for me 7 years before. When my husband woke up, I shared it with him. With tears in his … [Read more...]

The Story Behind The Picture

In am reposting this in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. I am honored to know these two amazing families and share their incredible story of faith and love.  This picture has been circulating around the Internet for quite awhile. It went viral after it was posted on the International Down Syndrome Coalition's Facebook page. It was part of a campaign to promote awareness of those with DS. It was a collaboration between the local Down Syndrome Association of San Antonio and the IDSC. I can think of a couple of reasons why it touched so many people's hearts. The little girl in the … [Read more...]

Listen to your Mother San Antonio

Listen to Your Mother! Does this sound like good advice? Well it is. And it’s also a brand new production making its way to San Antonio on April 23 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. I know all of this because I was convinced to audition a piece of work  that I had written by a friend who knew I would need a little nudging. I’m shy y’all. And when I did my reading, I had tears streaming down my face and I was a big, hot mess. There’s just something so vulnerable about telling your story of motherhood out loud. I had never done it before that moment. When I got back in … [Read more...]

The Little Church

Last Sunday morning, I made the long drive home from East Texas. I was all by myself and had hours to ponder life, soak in the beautiful scenery from my childhood and pray. There was so much to pray about. Where did I start? There were so many family members and friends heavy on my heart.   I kept thinking of my sweet mom. She always had a list of people to pray for on a daily basis. When I couldn't immediately find her in the house, I knew to look for her in her bedroom. She escaped away with her rosary. It was her source of comfort, especially as she grew older and had a … [Read more...]

Double Digits

Ten. One and a Zero. Diez. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and now 10. It went that fast. I will never forget looking up at the monitor in the doctor's office and seeing not one, but two bright heartbeats. And then hearing the news that there would two girls. I wanted you to be just alike. I dressed you up in matching clothes for years and years. I wanted everyone to treat you the same. Silly me. You are both so marvelous in your own special way. And exactly as God meant you to be. I marvel in the love that you share so effortlessly with your brother. I know that … [Read more...]

A Tradition

The 11th annual Concordia Lutheran Church's Drive Thru Nativity in tonight and tomorrow night. It snuck up on me so I wanted to give you a quick reminder. The holidays are such a busy time of the year.  The story of the "The Gift" is such a unique way to remember to slow down and reflect on what the season truly means. The members of the church spend their weekend acting out parts in the display, sometimes in very bad weather conditions. Their hard work has made this event a favorite tradition for our friends and family. Ever since the twins were in infant seats, we have worn our … [Read more...]

Thankful

  November has been a whirlwind month for our family.   We’ve been going back and forth to Dallas to be with Nana who has been in the hospital. A couple of weeks ago, the doctors were preparing us for the worst scenario. After a very angst filed six days of biopsies and waiting for test results, we had the best of news. The doctors seemed shocked at the results.  Did you know it is possible to actually jump for joy? Good thing there were plenty of doctors and nurses on hand when I came back down! God had a different plan. Soon my mother in law will be back in her … [Read more...]

A Yellow Rose

I’ve gotten to the point in life that I am having to attend a lot of funerals. It’s not exactly something that I look forward to but in some unexpected ways, they’ve become a place of comfort. My earliest memory of Chris Dukes was hearing her high heels tap down the long hallway that lead to my daddy’s office. As she turned the corner with her boys in tow, I saw her bright red hair and even brighter red lipstick. She was wearing a white, starched shirt, black pencil skirt and sling back black pumps. And as she stepped into the lobby area full of people waiting their turn to see the … [Read more...]

Women Who Inspire

            I often hesitate to use the word "inspiring" as a description of an event. People are inspired by so many different things. Yesterday, at Women in the World Texas, it was very apparent that the entire sold out audience was inspired by what took place in six hours at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. One by one they spoke.   There was no big production stage; only words, powerful words.  They came from all walks of life and various backgrounds.  No politics. No hidden agendas. Only words.  Even at the end … [Read more...]

Why ALS Research Matters

I've probably seen hundreds of ALS Ice Bucket Challenges show up on my various social media feeds by now. I've only actually clicked on just a handful. It's not because I don't care. I think the #IceBucketChallenge may go down in history as the most successful social media campaigns ever. It is certainly a novel idea. It's very easy to be a participant and make your own video to share with your friends and followers.  After all, it's all  in the name of charity!       While I can't speak for my entire family, I can safely say that my immediate family … [Read more...]

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