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On Deployment, and Hard Stories

Deployment is a cornerstone of our story. The story I am working on in book form. Miscarriages. Moves. Deployment. Loss. So much grief. So much grace. I’ve shared bits and pieces of the beginning here in this space, but now I am a wee bit stuck. See, now I have to write this story. And truthfully, eight years later, I am still searching for the right words to tell you how my deployment changed me, as a Christian, as a mother,...

More about Rocks, my big brother, and my dad. (Part 2 of 3).

To read Part 1, please click here… I have a half-brother, eleven years older than me, who, until college, was unable to have much contact with us. I spent most of my young childhood desperately wishing for an older brother. Two sisters just did not measure up at the time.  Eighteen year old John presented himself in our lives just in time for me to project all of my hero worship right squarely on his broad shouldered back. It may...

Family Traditions … {G-Rated}.

Okay … so we don’t “do” Halloween. For a multitude of reasons. {If you would like the list, I would be happy to email you privately}. We don’t really like to talk about it because we have no problems if you choose to celebrate. With that caveat out of the way, now hear this. I love tradition. Especially family traditions. I want to build a legacy of happy memories for my babes, centered around the time we spend together. So...

Free

  Yesterday in church . . . (I was paying attention, I promise) . . . I really, truly, remembered that I used to fly helicopters. I closed my eyes – and for a heartbeat . . . I was free. I could see the ground fading away,  blue skies bursting through the windshield. I could feel the steady drumbeat of fully articulated rotor blades coursing through me. Climbing, up, up, and up . . . stomach dropping, soul soaring. I...

Happy Pictures …. yay.

Okay so I had to put these up to lighten the mood and also to remind myself that there is redemption and blessings in His time. So for old friends and new, some happy pictures of the loves of my life and two of the gifts I thank God for in (almost) every breath. Except when I want to sell them to strangers … but only for a second, I promise! These photos were taken by my dear friend Robin at Robin’s...

Kate

I have been absent lately. Vacation. Life. C.r.a.z.y. Today was a good day. I taught Wee Man how to laugh like an evil villain. Husband taught him how to dance. We went to an air show. It is the 70th birthday of the 101st Airborne division. So there were a whole lot of airplanes and helicopters and generally all the things that fly that make me the happiest. It was like old home week with me running around sitting in...

Charlie Dog

I was folding laundry by the couch today, tears leaking out, and and it was h.a.r.d to see the sunlight streaming through the front door and highlighting the pattern of paw prints smudged all over our wooden floor. Why would that be hard? We put Charlie Dog to sleep this morning. He was old and tired and had multiple health issues. He was such a good boy. He loved us and let our babies crawl all over him and J...

I Should Be Asleep . . .

I should be asleep. I’m not, because I spent the last six hours working on a non fiction book proposal (!!!) and there’s nothing like procrastination to inspire your finest work. But seriously, it’s done. Yay! But instead of sleeping, I want you to see this picture. J Girl’s first soccer camp. Having a major first-time mommy moment. Stop. Growing. Up. Gigi, this is for you. And Aunt GA. And Mrs. Simpson. And Ms. Graves. Good night. No really. I...