Parenting is a joyous, tiring journey -- this Scripture brings me hope!

“He who began a good work in you…

will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6

This is a reprinted story with an update — because the gospel never changes…

When I was a younger mom of younger kids, I used to think if I got them to 18, I was done.

Pause for huge guffaws of laughter from other parents who always knew differently.  Even before my oldest son turned 18, it had become apparent to me that the knotted tangle of love, hope, admiration, sometimes-fury, and occasional pain that describes my mother’s heart will be with me for life.… Read the rest

Excited to be linking up with the Five Minute Friday group today — five minutes of free writing — today’s topic: “Whisper”

The text, gently and lowly, beckons…

More than a whisper, more like a lullaby…

Come to me…


welcoming arms, a call with a comfort…

More than a whisper,

but barely audible in the noisy, crowded life


work, work, work…

more, more, more…

not enough, not enough, not enough

like the large black crows’ constant cawing…

even so, the more-than-a-whisper insists…

Come to me, ALL

you who are weary


heavy-laden. Read the rest

Five-Minute-Friday: Whisper
Goldendoodle sleeping

“Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Every year, I have to look up the meaning of Labor Day — it turns out it’s a day set aside as a tribute to American workers and the work they/we do.… Read the rest

Magill speaking at 90th birthday party, photo by Kip Turnage

Sunday night, a tennis coaching legend, a man who profoundly influenced my husband’s life, died. Dan Magill, husband, father, athletic director, humorist, historian, and Hall of Famer coach at the University of Georgia, was 93 years old.

My husband lettered at Georgia in 1980-1983, and was a part of the SEC championship team twice. Several years ago, we returned to Athens Georgia, for a “Gala Reunion” celebrating the 90th birthday of “storied” tennis coach, Dan Magill. Over 800 people gathered to hear stories and honor him.… Read the rest

Our beloved "Mimi" before ALS affected her.

I am thankful for friends who nominated me to take the ice bucket challenge. I think it means they think of me as a combo charitable/adventurous person. I like to think of myself that way too:-)!

The truth is, I used to be very adventurous and extremely competitive. I would have likely accepted any challenge that wouldn’t do extreme bodily harm for the simple purpose of “winning” and proving myself “strong” and “worthy.”

I don’t know if it’s because I feel old or because I’ve had a lot of injuries leading to surgeries in recent years, but I no longer have any desire to do things like dump ice on my body – whether to prove myself or to raise money for a worthy cause.… Read the rest