Bubba

January 29, 2023 This wasn’t the way the story was supposed to go. This plot twist brought me to my knees, begging God to rewrite the last line.  I never even thought this storyline was an option. Surely, God, the author of all of this, made a mistake. This couldn’t be my next chapter.  Growing…Read more »

Grief: Lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Grief isn’t linear.  There is no timeline. The stages of grief don’t always go in a perfect order.  Grief doesn’t discriminate.  Doesn’t matter how good of a person you are or how much you pray. Life happens on life’s terms.  Grief bursts are a thing.  A grief burst is a sudden burst of grief that…Read more »

Let July Just Be July

I heard a song recently on an Instagram Reel. Or maybe it was that Tik Tok thing. Yep. I’m hip. The lyrics were simple, yet for me, so profound. “We can let July just be July.” Music has a way of seeing into our souls. I love the summer. I am, after all, a teacher,…Read more »

4/24

Written 4/24/18 Look at that guy. That guy right there in those sweet shorts. Showing some leg. That’s my dad. And today, April 24th, is his birthday. I feel kind of tired. And a bit heavy about it. It is funny how each year is different. With all of the different holidays and milestones that…Read more »

Born on purpose

The world would like to introduce  Melanie Colleen Thomas. She was born on October 16th, 1975. She entered this world with a big birthmark and a giant head.  The first picture that was ever taken of her looks like something straight out of a true crime documentary. She screamed for the first 6 months of…Read more »

Old Gray Mary

My dogs just recently turned 11. I do not know how to calculate the “dog years” thing, but I know it’s old. Maybe it’s the gray hair on their backs, or the vet suggesting they do some “senior” bloodwork. Or perhaps it is the constant banter from strangers who often say, “Oh my goodness. Look…Read more »

July

July and I have had a complicated relationship. On July 2, 2006, my dad died. He left his physical body peacefully and has now passed on to a place with unicorns and rainbows. And he is probably sitting on a reclining puffy cloud right now, smiling down on me.  Maybe all that is true. God,…Read more »

Heart to Heart

My dad and I would often have what I call heart to heart moments. They aren’t really the ones that I imagine everyone thinks of. The long and intimate talks. Where you share everything that is on your heart. Ours were more of the cliff notes version of that. And still just as meaningful.  To…Read more »

Happy Birthday Dad.

Written 4/24/18 Look at that guy. That guy right there in those sweet shorts. Showing some leg. That’s my dad. And today, April 24th, is his birthday. I feel kind of tired. And a bit heavy about it. It is funny how each year is different. With all of the different holidays and milestones that…Read more »

This too shall pass

THIS TOO… SHALL PASS… I was hiking pre-covid (I guess that is a thing to say now) and there was a bit of a marine layer hanging out. AKA a blanket of clouds from time to time will settle in over the ocean.  It always passes. But while it is here, it hovers over the…Read more »