• Family,  Life

    A True Partner: Using My Strengths Even When It’s Not Glamorous

    I recently had the opportunity to go to a Chris Stapleton concert with a friend.  It was super last minute thing, but we had a blast.  The music was great and the time to catch up with a sweet friend was invaluable. I’m not sure if you know this about Chris Stapleton, but his one and only back up singer is his wife.  That’s not something you see very often in the entertainment world, so it’s always intrigued me.  And not just me.  The next week at work, I told someone that I had been to the concert, and her response was “Cool….was his wife singing with him?”.  To see…

  • Holiday,  Life

    Thanksgiving: A Pause to Refocus

    Social Media is full of articles and debates about how early is too early to put up Christmas decorations. I tend to fall on the Scrooge side of that debate and say that the ABSOLUTE earliest should be the day after Thanksgiving. Though, my preference would be to wait another week or so. Believe me, I’ve been given so much grief for this stance. Apparently limiting Christmas festivities means that I hate holiday cheer, family, and tradition. That’s not necessarily the case…. I have several reasons for wanting to delay the onslaught of red and green. The biggest reason is an overlooked holiday. We get so excited about the holidays,…

  • Life,  Ministry

    Potluck Panic: A Tale of Last Minute Mac ‘N Cheese

      Baptist churches are notorious for a few different things.  Some good. Some bad.  One thing that is distinctly Baptist is the potluck.  Those of you who have not experienced the Baptist phenomenon of a lunch consisting of fatty comfort foods and more desserts than you can ever imagine, will need to use a little bit of imagination to appreciate the conundrum that I found myself in on this particular Sunday morning. As a ministry wife, Sunday mornings have a few more moving pieces than your normal church going family.  We are normally the first ones at the church.  Instruments are put in place. Media for the service is set.…

  • Devotional,  Life

    Everything Under the Sun: Navigating the Seasons Of Life

    When I was 11, my family moved from the metropolis of Lexington, Ky to rural Henry County. Only an hour and half separates the two, but I assumed, at that point, that we officially lived in the country. Compared to Lexington, the little town with no stop lights was the country. However it wasn’t until my husband and I recently moved to Bagdad, Ky (yes, you read that right) that I truly saw what living in the country looked like. Immediately, my favorite part of living in Bagdad was the picturesque scenery, the rolling farm lands. It amazed me that God made something that beautiful and let me live in…

  • Life

    The Yard Sale Dress: An Unapparent Treasure

    “Playing dress up begins at age five and never truly ends” -Kate Spade This weekend, Brandon and I went to a yard sale that was raising money for an organization in Shelbyville that we are pretty involved with, where some ladies we’ve gotten to know really well were hosting. We stopped by, mainly to chat with them, but, of course, did a little shopping ourselves. We scored a few good finds, mainly for Ava. A couple of shirts, some Grinch pajama pants, and some tennis shoes. The shoes were a blessing-lightly worn Nike’s in her giant shoe size. Yes, the child is 10 and wears a size 9 shoe. I’ve been…