Health and Wellness, single-parenting, Uncategorized

Diary of a Reluctant Half-Marathoner: Managing Goals and Gators

Today begins my 2nd week of pre-training for the St. Jude half-marathon in December. The first week had some interesting twists and turns, but overall I’m happy with how things went. Compared to last year, my approach and attitude toward this training cycle is totally different, and that shift in mindset has come from working… Continue reading Diary of a Reluctant Half-Marathoner: Managing Goals and Gators

Christian, Mom, single-parenting, Uncategorized

Moving from Denial to Acceptance with the Aid of Birthday Day Cake

My daughter celebrated her 6th birthday this week, and I feel confident that she has enjoyed the heck out of it. She had a small birthday party at our house on Saturday. Then, of course, there was the birthday fanfare and cupcakes at school on her actual birthday. I surprised her that afternoon by picking… Continue reading Moving from Denial to Acceptance with the Aid of Birthday Day Cake

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When a Season of Simplicity Feels Scary…

It’s Saturday morning, and I am wrapped up tight in a blanket, because it is finally chilly outside! I’m enjoying the peace of the morning, and my stomach is full of butterflies. I’m excited for May Lee to wake up, because if she is feeling well enough, we are going to go hiking this morning.… Continue reading When a Season of Simplicity Feels Scary…

Christian, Mom, single-parenting, Uncategorized

The Weekly Recap: Things That Have Kept Me Alive

  I have battled a nasty sinus infection all week, and that pretty much sums up how I’ve spent my time this week. Before I was knocked down by illness, May Lee and I did pick up some pumpkins and flowers and put together a little fall display. Also, I was able to drop my… Continue reading The Weekly Recap: Things That Have Kept Me Alive

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Redemption in Divorce

If I had remained married, today would have been my anniversary. This day has become like the New Year’s holiday to me, because I tend to reflect deeply about the time that has passed and the time that lies before me. I do not set goals like I may choose to do for a New… Continue reading Redemption in Divorce

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A Word About Grief

By trade, I am a therapist- the mental health kind- and I have spent many years studying, observing, and theorizing about human behavior. Since grief is an inevitable part of the human experience, it has been a theme of study and practice throughout my career. Every culture, every group, and every family has its own… Continue reading A Word About Grief

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Eunice Gave Me Some of Her Giddy-Up, and It Has Been Glorious

For a period of several months during my morning quiet time, the itch to get back into writing tickled the back of my mind. God really uses that morning quiet time to put things on my heart, and He'd been pressing the writing issue quite a bit while I, in turn, was faithfully ignoring Him.… Continue reading Eunice Gave Me Some of Her Giddy-Up, and It Has Been Glorious