family, Word

3:14am Christmas Morning – 2018

Early Christmas Morning It's 3:14am as I begin writing. You may ask: "Why on earth are you writing at this hour, Melissa?" It's the best reason, but if I fall asleep making the ham and Keto-friendly green-bean casserole tomorrow, this is why: My 11-year-old son rushed to bed last night after carefully putting out cookies… Continue reading 3:14am Christmas Morning – 2018

Life Lessons

How Great Our Joy

In the last month I've had the joy of celebrating these things with people I love: my son's 11th birthday, my daughter's 22nd birthday, my niece's baby gender reveal (Oh Boy!), my other niece's engagement, a single-mom friend had a house offer accepted, a friend got a new car, my cousin and his wife welcomed… Continue reading How Great Our Joy

Life Lessons, Word

Immediately Jesus

It's no secret - I believe in Jesus. I love him. I love reading the Word. If you've ever shared a meal with me, you know. I'm all about Jesus. Some seasons though, some days - they are rough. Even when I'm in the Word daily. Even when I'm at my best. Today was rough.… Continue reading Immediately Jesus

Poetry

Night Before Christmas, Texas Style

'T'were the night a'fore Christmas, when throughout the ranch, Not an oak tree was stirring, not even a branch; Our workboots were set by the fireplace with care, In hopes that Ole Santy Claus soon would appear; The kiddos were bunked-in all snug in their beds, While pictures of candy-canes two-stepped in their heads; This… Continue reading Night Before Christmas, Texas Style

family, Friends, Life Lessons, Love, Word

When the Unexpected Happens

Has your life ever come to an end punctuation that you weren't quite expecting? Haven't you been so sure of one thing, only to, at the turn of a phrase, been suddenly unsure, and ended your sentence with a question mark instead of an exclamation point?! (Okay - that's the word nerd in me.) More… Continue reading When the Unexpected Happens

Poetry, Word

King David and Stuttering Metrical Dactyls (just read)

I imagine King David, writing instrument in hand, scroll on one knee, writing furiously - trying to beat the dusk. This is when poets live - as the world falls asleep, poetic minds wake - Imagery marches down the page. Poetic hearts beat iambic pentameter, Thoughts come faster than hands can write... da-DUM da-DUM da-DUM… Continue reading King David and Stuttering Metrical Dactyls (just read)

Cancer, Life Lessons, Word

My Word for 2019

Ups and Downs This year has been a roller-coaster. It began January 4th with a biopsy by way of a D&C. It continued to May 17th - when I had surgery to remove fast-growing pre-Cancerous cells by removing my uterus. It was not the surgery I signed up for. There were complications. A laparoscopic procedure… Continue reading My Word for 2019

Friends

Identity Thieves, Fake News, and Blueprints

Good afternoon. Happy Costume Day (aka: Halloween). Today I went to work with several "Hello, My Name Is..." stickers on my shirt, but none of them said my name. I went as an Identity Thief. One of my co-workers had the word FAKE on her shirt and wore a newspaper skirt and came to work… Continue reading Identity Thieves, Fake News, and Blueprints

Life Lessons, Word

When Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety can run amuck. It is real. Let the naysayers scoff, but its time we who have experienced anxiety have a real conversation about it. Not a scientific, abstract-observation-conclusion kinda talk. No! Just us - being real. I've been in real physical pain lately. Recovering from an abdominal surgery is painful. It's been unexpectedly difficult.… Continue reading When Anxiety Attacks