Some Things to Celebrate

Some Things to Celebrate

Hold on to your hats, ladies and gents, because I am posting a blog for the third consecutive week. This is big news, people. To be perfectly honest, I am patting myself on the back just the tiniest bit. I feel like this should be celebrated considering that, before these last few posts, my most recent blog was from May. While we’re having a party about my short-lived consistency, here are a few other things I think should be celebrated:…

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A Small Tribute to Lauretta

A Small Tribute to Lauretta

“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”  I arrived on this earth a blessed little girl. Every one of my grandparents, great-grandparents, and one great-great-grandmother (my namesake) were still here to welcome me into the world. Among those patriarchs and matriarchs of my family was one Lauretta Tullos. In every bone, she carried strength, selflessness, and laughter. Lots and lots of laughter. At the beginning of this week, we gathered together—all of…

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A Few Thoughts About Waves

A Few Thoughts About Waves

I love the beach. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I cannot resist a good trip to the ocean. In May, a week after my college graduation, I found myself knee deep in the Alabama gulf coast. The wind was strong, and the waves were fierce but so much fun. I waded out into the water with a bright orange float wrapped around my waist, laughing as the salt water splashed my face. It was fun fighting…

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For the Love of the Game

For the Love of the Game

For the past fifteen years, I have spent a huge portion of my time perched on the bleachers of a baseball diamond. My younger brother, now eighteen years old, is the main reason I know almost every rule of the game. He is the only reason I learned to love the game at all. I have watched inning after inning in the blazing Alabama heat. I have watched games in dusty snowfalls. I have stood in mud puddles behind chain-link…

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Lean the Other Way

Lean the Other Way

The final semester of college is just as difficult as I imagined it would be. The full schedule and list of deadlines have made it difficult for me to find my way back to the blog. As a small re-entry back into the blogosphere, I wrote this small piece on perspective. It’s my buzzword right now, because my perspective can be a little cloudy at times. I look out the window of graduation and see nothing. If you asked me…

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Just a Dog

Just a Dog

It never made sense to me why people would mourn their pets like humans. I never understood how the loss of an animal could rock a person so deeply. I mean, they’re just dogs, right? I never understood until today. My very sweet friend, Sunny Magnolia Brock, lived for the last time today. After being hit by a car this morning, she went to sleep on a veterinarian’s table. And I didn’t know it would be this hard. I didn’t…

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Repetition

Repetition

O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! As a writer, the best way for me to communicate is through the written word. Several years ago, I discovered that this was also true for my prayer life. I realized that I am most focused when I have a pen in my hand. The summer before my freshman year of high school, I began keeping a prayer journal. Over the past seven years, I have filled page after…

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Hobby Lobby Response

Hobby Lobby Response

I hate confrontation.  I really do.  You could not have paid me enough money to join the mix of demonstrators on the steps of the Supreme Court building this morning.  However, as much as I would like to run from any type of confrontation, it is inevitable.  When Truth meets Lie, sparks are bound to ignite.  The two cannot coexist. Today is a great day for Hobby Lobby and for religious liberty.  This victory is extra sweet when we remember…

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Music Monday: Two or More

Music Monday: Two or More

Since I had so much fun sharing with you last month about The Bear and the Bride, I decided to try another Music Monday this month.  About this time last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing the local trio, Two or More.  Max Beech, McKenzie Lockhart, and Kristen Dunn are among the most genuine people I know.  It was a blast to hang out with these three and learn a little about their lives and their talents.  The Lord…

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A Journey From the Couch to 5K…and Back Again

A Journey From the Couch to 5K…and Back Again

For several years now I have wanted to learn how to be a runner.  And I’ve been telling myself it’s going to happen.  I’ve tried several different methods and I’ve run (mostly walked) in two 5Ks.  But every time I’ve gotten myself on another running kick, my motivation and willpower evaporates.  Why is this?  Probably because I hate it. Yesterday, I started with day one of my “Couch to 5K” plan.  The whole time, I couldn’t imagine why anyone would…

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