Flowers in Abundance

I've been walking by this single white rose since Friday. I brought it home from a funeral I attended and put it in a little vase. The husband asked the congregation to take some flowers with them as they exited the church. There were way too many for him and his family to take home. His wife had many friends. And each time I pass by and catch a glimpse of these now browning petals, I feel such a pain in my heart from the loss of someone so special. I pray that her boys will be alright. She taught me so much about being an advocate for my daughter. I don't think I ever … [Read more...]

A Woman of Significance

                                Last year on September 5th, my day began like any other day. I struggled to get the kids out of bed because they were still adjusting to the start of a new school year. I raced my daughter Catherine into class just as the tardy bell rang. I met a colleague and friend for breakfast. I ran a few errands and then it was time to pick up the kids from school.   It was just another day. I would have even called it rather … [Read more...]

See You at the Finish Line

There are only ten days left before the San Antonio Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. My husband and I are signed up and planning on being there. This will be my fifth half marathon and his tenth.  And we have never felt more unprepared. In years past, we had spreadsheets calculating our every training session.  I would go to great lengths not to miss any of them. I often found myself at the gym at ten o’clock at night to fit them in. We would carefully keep track of the foods we would eat and how many ounces of water we were drinking with each training run. This year has been … [Read more...]

Eternally Grateful for Sisterhood

 “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” –Truvy, Steel Magnolias "Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together." -Elizabeth Taylor One of my all time favorite movies is Steel Magnolias. I have probably seen it about 100 times. I remember being anxious for the premier in 1989. It was filmed on location in Natchitoches, LA, which is only 140 miles from my hometown. I wanted to see if I would recognize any of the landmarks around town; not knowing that it would be the characters that I would recognize more than anything else. It is based upon a true … [Read more...]

Through Our Mother’s Eyes

Last Wednesday afternoon, I got a call from my brother John.  I had accidentally left my cell phone on vibrate from a meeting earlier in the day. He had already hung up by the time I answered it. I finished going through the kid’s backpacks and got them started on their homework before I called him back. When I heard the tone of his voice, I knew something was wrong. He calmly said, “Mom is gone.” I don’t remember my initial reaction but it was startling enough to send my children scampering in the den to find out why their mother was so upset. Although our Mom was 82 years old … [Read more...]

For Liz

My sister died one year ago today. She had a very aggressive form of breast cancer: triple negative. I miss her every single day. The only good thing about cancer is that you can say goodbye. My Daddy died from cancer in 1996 so my family knew all too well what to expect when Liz was diagnosed. And, when she neared the end of her life, our world stopped for six days as we went to the hospital to be by her side. Together, we cried, laughed and prayed. Just the way she wanted it to be. It is not only a privilege to be with someone when they are preparing to be with God, it is a … [Read more...]

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