June 5, 2013
For years, I answered 911 calls. When you’re a communications operator you usually take turns during your shift working the phones and the police radio. As much as I enjoy a good vehicle pursuit, I’d much rather work phones. Drama unfolds with each emergency call. I get to be a part of their solutions and I love that.
When we moved to Tennessee, I had to hang up my headset. It’s been difficult giving up a job I loved, working with people I loved. Not to mention the drama. I don’t watch TV police shows. I like my drama to be real. (more…)
May 28, 2013
As every mother’s worst nightmare became a reality for dozens of parents in the sleepy community of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Audrey Curran was brought to her knees in prayer. In a matter of days, she encouraged her community of Williamson County, Tennessee to do the same. (more…)
May 24, 2013
As the proud daughter of a U.S. Marine my love of the U.S.A. is part of my genetic makeup. Yep, that’s me over there. Dad thought it made perfect sense to stuff my little self into his helmet. His patriotism rubbed off.
Play the national anthem and I sing at the top of my lungs, see a mother with a “My son is a Marine/Soldier/Sailor ” bumper sticker on her car or a person out and about in uniform and I walk right up and thank them.
Yeah, I’m that lady.
My husband is the same way. Just last week I talked my husband into stopping by my favorite barbecue restaurant and as I picked out my seat I saw my husband in line talking to a young Marine who had walked up behind him.
When Paul brought our food over to our table I said, “You bought him lunch, didn’t you?” He just smiled. (more…)
May 20, 2013
Take me to lunch and you’ll discover very quickly how much I hate to make a decision. Give me the ham and swiss…wait a minute…do you have provolone? Hmmm…maybe I’ll have the roast beef…that is if you have avocado? I think I’d like a diet coke. No. Wait. Give me the sweet tea…hold on…can you make that half-unsweetened and half-sweet?
Seriously. I’m a train wreck when it comes to making a hard and fast choice. Now, imagine when I have those tougher decisions to make: Should I call her? Maybe I should give her some space. Which city should we move to? Should I apply for that job? Is it God’s will for me to write this book? Should I encourage/discourage my son/daughter to do this? Or, should I take my hands off completely?
What about you? Maybe you’re choices are even more difficult right now. Should we walk away from this house? Is it right for me to work while the kids are still so small? Which doctor should we seek for treatment?
Recently, I found peace in God’s word about this very thing: CHOICES. (more…)
May 13, 2013
If you’re a new mom or happen to know one – have I got the book for you.
Author, Julie Sanders has written Expectant with moms in mind. No one can share a new book like the author who wrote it. So, enjoy what Julie has to say about this incredible book. And, keep on reading because you’ll discover an interview with this special lady at the end of this post.
Like I said, there are some books I wish I’d had when I was pregnant for the first time twenty- two years ago. This is one of them.
Julie Sanders Talks About “Expectant”
EXPECTANT is a collection of 40 devotions for new and expectant moms that uses transparent stories and biblical truth to offer hope and wisdom to women transitioning into motherhood. If you have dreams and hopes of what mothering will be, your heart is already Expectant.
Women enter motherhood in a variety of ways, so EXPECTANT shares encouragement for every mom as she grows into being a mother. That may mean she grows a pregnant belly or a home study for adoption, but she will grow. By talking about real issues like changes in your body, your marriage, your work, and your schedule, EXPECTANT helps new moms think through necessary transitions to find hope and confidence right there on the changing table or playground.
Like spending time with a loving, honest mentor over coffee, EXPECTANT uplifts women. The devotions are organized into sections about you, other grown-ups, the baby, and your new normal. Each one includes words from scripture to grow your heart, as well as questions to get the conversation started with a friend, mentor, or dad-to-be. It’s formatted so that it would be easy to do with a partner or small group of moms.
Each journey into motherhood is unique, but every mother’s heart is expectant. (more…)