Ascending out of the Valley

There was nowhere left to turn.  We had done everything the rheumatologist had told us to do: gentle exercise, physical therapy, seeing a psychologist; yet, pain still riddled my daughter's body on a daily basis.  She was not the child I knew before fibromyalgia overtook her life. Until then, my daughter never met a stranger.  … Continue reading Ascending out of the Valley


Breaking into Silence

I recently realized the words SILENT and LISTEN have the same letters. How interesting that the letter "I" is in the second position of both words. "I" must come second to be silent.  "I" has to come second to listen.   I have also realized that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a … Continue reading Breaking into Silence

Lessons in the Valley: Getting to the Other Side

This valley has its continuous lessons and different perspectives.  A few days prior to the end of the school year, I found myself seated at a position I had only ever viewed from the opposite end of the table.  As the previous school year closed, decisions needed to be made for the upcoming school year. Despite … Continue reading Lessons in the Valley: Getting to the Other Side

Guest Post: Wait for the Manna

I am honored to be featured on my friend Heather's blog this week.  Please click on over to check it out!

Not Your Typical Mother’s Day Post

Confession: This post is partly obligatory due to a conversation I had with my daughter yesterday: S: Mom, can I create a graphic for your Mother's Day blog post? L: I don't have a Mother's Day blog post, but I thought about it. S: Well, can I create a graphic for it? So here is … Continue reading Not Your Typical Mother’s Day Post

Lessons in the Valley: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

I never imagined that moment would come.  When you have children, you anticipate the first steps, words, and milestones.  This was not a milestone I had foreseen.  No parent ever really does, for that matter. Don't misunderstand, I am a huge proponent of professional counseling.  I am a product of professional counseling, praise God.  I … Continue reading Lessons in the Valley: Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

Lessons in the Valley: Choosing What’s Doable

As parents, we have choices to make daily.  We have to determine what is best for each child at a given moment of the day.  Most of the time, it's pretty clear-cut: eat, sleep, bathe, play, school, etc.  When it comes to a child with a chronic illness, those choices become a little more difficult. … Continue reading Lessons in the Valley: Choosing What’s Doable

Lessons in the Valley: Perseverance

I have always loved school.  I was that kid that cried at the end of every school year, that kid that had dreams about school all summer long and couldn't sleep the night before I donned my new school clothes and shoes.  I simply loved learning.  I adored my teachers, well most of them.  My … Continue reading Lessons in the Valley: Perseverance

Emptied, yet filled

I have wanted to sit down and write countless times prior to now.  I find myself in a state of void as my words, emotions, mental state have been spent.  The words I desire to peck out onto the keys before me lack any sort of cohesive structure. When your child is given a random … Continue reading Emptied, yet filled

Providential Perseverance

We weren’t ready.  After 10 months in Louisiana, we were called back to Virginia.  Although we wanted to stay, looked forward to continuing our bayou adventures, circumstances did not make sense for us to remain. “Movers move”, as I learned in my “Moving On” group, I just had no idea we would fall into that … Continue reading Providential Perseverance