Tag Archives: life

A tidy, structured life

Today would have been my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, it’s hard to wrap my mind around that idea, but it’s true. When I was barely twenty-one I fell in love with a tall redhead from Dallas and we quickly believed God … Continue reading

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Let it in, let it out

Today is one of those perfect days. I woke up to find sunshine peeking out of the clouds, the temperature is perfect for open windows, songs turned up on the radio. It is a wonderful way to begin a Friday. … Continue reading

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Refunds and returns

My junior year in college I was engaged. As the wedding date came closer, many people started to give me bridal shower and wedding presents. I dutifully opened them and wrote my thank you notes, looking forward to using them … Continue reading

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Mowing the lawn

I really enjoy doing manual tasks around the house. Dishes, laundry, vacuuming, cutting the grass, basically anything that shows progress and completion. I want the satisfaction of putting a checkmark next to the item on my To-Do List. Day-to-day life … Continue reading

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Ashley vs. The Duke

I grew up watching classic movies and television. My mom and I would settle in on the couch with popcorn, ice cream, and our drinks to watch Gone With the Wind when it was on television. On the weekend while we … Continue reading

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furiously fasting

I had to fast for a medical screening this past week, nothing major, just to check my sugar levels and cholesterol levels. As soon as I realized I would have to skip breakfast and my morning coffee, I began to … Continue reading

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Benedictions

Growing up, the pastor would give a benediction at the end of the weekly church service. I didn’t know at the time that is was from Numbers 6:24-26, I just knew it was poetic, encouraging and felt a lot like … Continue reading

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The deeper yes

After counseling I thought I would be “better”- better at recognizing my emotions, recognizing my triggers, and better at knowing when I was falling into old habits and routines. Now most days, I believe I am “better.” I have a … Continue reading

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water, water, life

The picture above is a beautiful example of growing where there is life-giving water. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that … Continue reading

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special

Growing up I never really noticed people with special needs. A neighbor kid had a special needs sister, but I was too little to understand what made her different. My school didn’t have special needs kids mainstreamed so I didn’t pass … Continue reading

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