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...]

Amy is Getting Married

My niece Amy is getting married in a couple of months. It's hard to believe that she's all grown up. She was the cutest toddler. She had these curly blonde ringlets and beautiful blue-green eyes. And the sunniest personality, just like her momma Deb Deb! Oh my gosh, everyone loves this young lady. She was the school mascot for all four years of high school. She cheered for those Bulldogs with pride and all the while in that big, heavy costume.  Our girl has some grit! I am pretty sure she gets a lot of her sense of humor from her daddy. My brother Jimmy is going to have a hard … [Read more...]

Daddy and Daughters

Sometimes it is hard to believe that I ever had daughters. It took us so long to have another child after our boy. I never dreamt that it would be two at once. I will never forget the moment they told us that we were having two girls.  The men of the house chimed in with, "What are we going to do with two girls?" And now they don't know what they would do without them. I was looking through pictures and came across these that I took right before the twins left for their first "Daddy and Daughter Valentine Dance." It was a night of firsts. The first time they got dressed up … [Read more...]

A Little Sassy Update

I wanted to give y'all a little update about what's been going on in my personal life. It seems like I've been blogging here and there and not really letting my readers know what I've been up to lately. No one really prepares you for the grief you feel when you lose your momma.  It's gut wrenching, lonely, and no one really wants to talk about it that much. At first, I wanted to gloss it over like everything was just fine; always the pollyanna.  It didn't help much. You can't run away from grief, trust me, Lord knows I tried. You have to take it like a big girl. And one day, if you are … [Read more...]

How Lucky I Am

      Someone in California was sold the winning Powerball ticket. I can't even fathom how their life is going to change. We didn't even get one single number in the two tickets that we purchased. We had fun fantasizing about what we might do with the money.  My family wanted to travel with our potential  winnings. Hawaii was the first place on our list. They couldn't think of many material things that they would want to buy: I couldn't either. I only wanted to remodel the kitchen and add a room on to the back of the house. Maybe that's what you … [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...]

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