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Gus’ Side of the Story

A very odd thing happened. A few nights ago, just as I was reaching over the bedside table to turn out the light, our yellow-lab, Gus, stood up from his bed, walked a few steps and gave me a large, slobbery, wonderful kiss. And the thing is, Gus has never done that before.   I…

Hope vs. Fear

In 1413, four French thieves were captured and charged with stealing from the sick and dying. Legend has it these four men went from village to village and robbed those who had succumbed to the Bubonic Plague. Upon their capture, a judge offered leniency if the four Frenchmen would share their secret to staying healthy.…

Livin’ on a Hopeful Prayer

“Hey Mom, my coach says hope is weakness. Is that true?”   This was the question I was hit with when I picked up Tommy from school the other day. I would’ve rather had some time to prepare an answer, but this is parenting, and we never get those luxuries, so instead, I stalled for…

YOLO vs. Savings

A few days ago, I sat down to tackle my “don’t-want-to-ever-do-but-know-I-have-to-to-do” list while the morning talk show was still playing on my TV in the background. In one last attempt to procrastinate the inevitable, I grabbed yet another cup of coffee while I watched an interview of a young man named Charlie, who’d almost lost…

Hope vs. Defeat

Note: I wrote this post last June during the Little League All-Star season. Since baseball season is beginning to gear back up, I thought it would be a good time to share with y’all…   Tommy made the baseball 9-year old All-Star team. Upon hearing the news, I literally felt my heart swell with pride.…

Dear Riley Rose

Along with being the first month in the clean slate of the New Year, January is also the month when, three years ago, I lost my soulmate- Riley Rose.     Ri was a huge 135-pound Great Dane/Lab mix. We found each other 15 years ago when we were two hurting souls occupying two injured…

Hope in the New Year

“It’s not the destination. It’s the journey.” Ralph Waldo Emerson   I love New Year’s resolutions. And I’m not talking about the kind of resolutions that involve going to the gym or giving up caffeine. I’m referring to the goals and intentions that we set for our lives. We look back on the previous 12…

My Hope in Christmas

Well, Christmas is upon us and, if y’all are anything like me, you are at the point of trying to survive the final hours of the chaos. Last-minute gifts are being purchased, preparations for visiting family members are being made, Christmas cards are being addressed, and gifts are being delivered. I think it’s safe to…

Hope vs. Scars and Scarves

Life was so much easier when I didn’t have hair. Each of the three times I lost my hair, I rejoiced that my outward appearance finally matched my inner struggle. Being bald equals being given grace. Sympathetic smiles from passersby are abundant. Kind strangers jump up to offer you their seat. Hostesses lead you to…

Hope vs. Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love the colorful leaves blowing in the cool Texas fall air. I love green bean casserole mixed with cornbread stuffing. I love having an excuse to eat Pumpkin Pie for breakfast and leftovers for dinner. I love being with family and friends, but mostly, I love…