My husband is a phenomenal human being. That is not an exaggeration. It is, in fact, an inadequate description. He’s not perfect, none of us are. But when he makes mistakes he will not only apologize but brainstorm about how to avoid them in the future. When I met him, he was beaten down about… Read More What it Really Takes to be a Good Dad
I have wonderful memories of my Papaw McLaughlin, even though he died when I was about four. My grandparents lived in a huge farmhouse in High Bridge, KY. He nursed any injured animal back to health. Whether it was a squirrel who later bit him for his efforts, or an unwanted dog abandoned by cruel… Read More The Shaping of a Life
The vision was as clear as it was murky. The image was of DJ walking to the front of the church toward the pulpit. I could make out nothing more than the church had two aisles leading to a step up to the platform where the podium stood. That made sense because it was the… Read More The Vision of God
I have always had a myriad of health issues. Within hours of my birth doctors discovered I had elliptocytosis, a blood disorder in which my red blood cells are half moon shaped rather than oval. Since the condition is rare and the majority of sufferers have no symptoms little is known about it. There is more information… Read More Physical vs Emotional Pain
To understand why Steve and I were so confident in a message from God that was in direct opposition to our baby’s doctor, you must know where we had been. Steve had endured a painful divorce that drove him to his knees and closer to God. I was a wild child with a wilder past… Read More God’s Painful Lesson – The DJ Journey 3
I can see me as clearly today as I did that night. It was pouring rain pitch black. The rain was exceptionally cold or perhaps I was in a sort of shock that had me experiencing the rain at a much cooler temperature. The rain pounded relentlessly against the windows of the car. I sat… Read More Seeing Me
“Your baby may not survive the night. So, I will sleep on a couch in the NICU so I can be close to him when he needs me,” the neonatologist said to us. My husband, Steve, and I glanced at one another. I had just given birth to our son DJ, nearly two months premature.… Read More The Glorious First Sunrise -The DJ Journey 2
With the Christmas season comes an object lesson in the form of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Immediately, we see Rudolph’s father trying to hide the glowing nose so his son better fits in. That is a lesson for parents. We should teach our kids to hold to social expectations as best they can but… Read More What We Can Learn From a Red Nose Reindeer
How did this happen? How did summer end and school begin without my permission? Granted I have more freedom because I homeschool. But because I homeschool I’m also more frantic! I need a homeschool 911. You know someone I could call to write my lesson plans and figure out the schedule. I’m willing to teach the… Read More School – AGAIN??!!
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