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 »

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 »


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 »

Look mom! No hands!

I don’t know about you, but I came out of the womb seeking validation. I think my first words coming into this world were,  “Hey Doc! How did I do?”  I remember as a kid always craving approval from others. That doesn’t sound out of the ordinary.  I teach elementary kids and  everyday I feel…Read more »


  Facebook Caption: “There is no love like a mother’s love.” 11/9/09 at 4:53pm Looking back on this memory today on Facebook,  I realized that I posted this picture not knowing that I would never see my mom again. I was scheduled to fly out early the morning of the 10th. And she died the…Read more »

Celebrate good times

“ Celebrate good times, come on! There’s a party going on right here. A celebration to last throughout the years. So bring your good times, and your laughter too, we gonna celebrate your party with you. Let’s all celebrate.” Y’all know that song. I couldn’t write the lyrics without singing them. I love a good…Read more »

Angels Unaware (revised)

  “I pray for wisdom, so I won’t encounter his angels unaware.” -Martha Thomas-   My mom was deaf. But she could undoubtedly hear God in her everyday life. In her writings and meditations, she often referred to being able to “hear” the voice of God. I didn’t understand this connection. As a kid, I…Read more »