I can still see them……….. all of our kids. Sweatshirts and knit hats, talking and laughing as they passed this very ball. It lays in our memory garden most days now. A visual reminder of a different season. _________________ Like a tree holding desperately onto its leaves, my heart grips the ball. Maybe that’s why it lays there quietly season after season………… I’m still hanging on.... Read more


From MiMi For The Sunless Days

October 22nd, 2016


When I hold you in my arms, something magical happens. All the grief pressing down on my soul seems to lift a bit…………… and life feels so full of hope………….. all over again. I love you so much, little Elaine Adaya. I want your world to be perfect. Free from sadness. Free from tears. I want to protect you from everything wrong in this world, and... Read more


Broken Hope Is Still Hope

October 13th, 2016


“Uh-oh,” she said, as she realized what had accidentally happened as she reached for the fragile, plastic flower. Toddlers don’t realize how easily things can snap in two…………… and just like that…………… Hope was broken. Maybe that’s what Paul meant when he penned the words, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 He knew what we all eventually learn. No... Read more

We’re All One Step Away

September 29th, 2016


I slowly reached for her arm. Scars ran from the inside of her wrist all the way to the bend in her elbow…………….. permanent reminders of a painful past. Addiction has a way of hanging around long after a person tells it goodbye. “I want to struggle,” she said. “I want to feel pain and worry about things like paying my bills.” Her bottom lip began to... Read more


Parking Garages and the Israelites

September 28th, 2016


Leaving people you love at an airport is never easy. Navigating your way out of a tightly-constructed parking garage isn’t easy either. And when you’re doing this for the very first time all by yourself, you find yourself incredibly thankful for every new sign up ahead leading you home. And, oh, how I need signs……………… Life is so much like this garage.   Unfamiliar turns. Dark roads. Intersections with... Read more



The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalm 16:6 I’ve thought a lot about this verse lately. The professor in my counseling skills class gave us an assignment several weeks ago. Counsel yourself for eight weeks in an area that needs attention. It’s no secret. I struggle with boundaries. Saying “no” is so difficult for me………… because... Read more

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Wear The Sash……Own The Title

September 12th, 2016


When someone you love is competing for Miss America, you have to do something to celebrate the night! And when she wins the “America’s Choice Award”, your house is immediately filled with screaming!! We are so proud of you, Laura Jones, and we love you so much! You won the crown in our eyes, and we’re so proud of how you’re allowing God to shine through... Read more

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Friday morning I’ll kiss this beautiful redheaded baby girl goodbye and fly nearly a thousand miles away. I’ve gotten so used to the touch and smell of her sweet little skin that it’s hard to imagine how I’ll ever leave. I know I have to go home,  but I also know this………………… part of my heart will stay in Texas. ________________ That’s the thing about love. ________________... Read more