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adolescence, anxiety, beauty, courage, freedom, kids, love, make a difference, parenting, real life / 31.01.2016

[caption id="attachment_2800" align="aligncenter" width="486"] Photo by Marisa Albrecht[/caption]   Strumming starts and stops behind her closed door It’s a common sound Guitar chords Experimenting with sounds Lyrics follow Poetry Songwriting Digging masterpieces out of her stressed out, overworking teenage brain I don’t dare touch I soak in the artistry and accomplishment Songs are presented as precious gems Delicate Shining as they are At 15, she’s supposed to be full of angst. Confused and insecure. That’s what I was expecting anyway. She’s my first, so I have no idea what’s going on or what I’m doing. But, she’s completely confident in herself. She doesn’t wear...

balanced life, beauty, guest post, kids, life is good, parenting, perspective / 30.01.2016

I am a writer at ALTARWORK (amazing site for the worship arts!). Here is one of my posts:   A few weeks ago, I ran outside at my teenage daughter’s urging to see a brilliant rainbow. We both snapped several photos with our phones. When I asked if she was going to post any on Instagram, she surprised me by saying no, because everyone else would be posting rainbow pictures. She was right. We scrolled through our Instagram accounts, laughing as we counted all the rainbow posts. (Read the rest at ALTARWORK! )...

acceptance, addiction, adolescence, balanced life, beauty, blessings, contentment, crying, death, depression, freedom, guest post, kids, life is good, living for real, past, real life, some things you keep, suicide / 27.01.2016

  Writer Shawn Smucker has a series on his blog called "Letters To Those We've Lost" where he features letters from guests. Some of the letters were so powerful and beautiful, I decided to write my own. Sometimes writing a few paragraphs takes me hours, but this letter took about 15 minutes to come out of me. I guess I was ready to say it!   Dear Mom,   The last time I spoke to you was from the phone in Jeff’s apartment. I loved hanging out there with him, my big brother. I called to tell you...

crying, grace, guest post, kids, living for real, marriage, parenting, perspective, real life / 24.01.2016

"Mesmerizing" by skippyjon is licensed under CC BY 2.0   I am proud to feature a piece today from Steve Austin, a new friend of mine. I can't get enough of his blog, I AM STEVE AUSTIN, WRESTLING WITH MESSY GRACE. I hope you enjoy it, JJ   My four-year-old has had five meltdowns in the past two weeks. It’s a new record. If you’ve got kids, you know the drill: kicking, screaming, and general falling apart over something major...

balanced life, bible, coffee, contentment, freedom, judgment, kids, life is good, living for real, parenting, perspective, real life, repost / 23.01.2016

  Welp, we’re being slammed with snow here in Pennsylvania. As I was trying to do some work at about 10 this morning, my son and his neighborhood posse came inside and peeled off their snow clothes and told me about 879 times that they were hungry.   I Wanted to Want to get off my arse and make them some hot food, but I really wanted to stay put. While I whipped up the “gourmet” cheese quesadillas, which they gratefully gobbled up as fast as I could flip them out of...