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Awful, Ugly People
Female Fridays / Miscellaneous

Awful, Ugly People

He came into the hospital for the seventh time in the last eighteen months for the same problem. He had several blockages in his coronary arteries, causing significant, life threatening heart attacks that were increasing with severity each time they reoccurred. This man didn’t know what medicines he was taking, didn’t care to clarify his medical history, ignored any explanation we gave him about hospital policy, and what he needed to avoid before and after his procedures. His affect was flat, his face full of disdain. He rolled his eyes, and asked, “Hey Girly, could you just get me a […]

Just Loving Us
Miscellaneous / Thirsty Thursdays

Just Loving Us

I tend to get asked a lot how I know when it’s truly God’s voice speaking to me. I didn’t realize it until lately why that question seems to be so popular. People are hungry for clarity and truth. Even people that don’t tend to look as if they really need or even want God, still want the peace that He offers. I feel like God, through the Holy Spirit, speaks to me a lot. This doesn’t mean I’m “holier than thou.” So please don’t take it like that. I have just made it a commitment to be submitted to […]

An Awful Start to a New Marriage
Wedded Wednesdays

An Awful Start to a New Marriage

“Does your husband have a living will?  Do you have power of attorney?” asked the Pulmonary Specialist. He informed me that my husband was having difficulty breathing on his own, and would be placed on a ventilator in ICU.  We had only been married 7 months, and we had just found out we were expecting a baby.  I was completely blindsided with the high probability that my husband would not survive.  Just the day before, I took him to the ER with the Flu and severe dehydration.  Now, doctors were tossing around phrases like, “if he makes it through the […]

Pork Chile Stew
Miscellaneous

Pork Chile Stew

Near our home in San Antonio there was a restaurant called the Roaring Fork, and my husband and I were huge fans.  It was the site of one of our first dates, and we both loved their Green Chile Pork Stew so much we’d sometimes go there just to sit in the bar and share an order after eating dinner somewhere else.  In fact, we loved it so much, we ate there the night my husband proposed to me.  The Roaring Fork has closed, but our cravings for Green Chile Pork Stew will never die.  So now, I just make it at […]

Open Communication with Kids
Mommy Mondays

Open Communication with Kids

I remember those long days. Sanitizing bottles. Changing diapers. Mastitis. NO SLEEP. Depression diagnosis. That stage was brutal. Now, my kids are in elementary school; I have different challenges as a mom. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is: There is this small window between kindergarten and middle school where our kids still think we’re cool. They value our opinion. They listen. They emulate us. And, they’re learning to function in the world. These years give us an opportunity to lay the foundation for open communication with our kids. If it’s common practice for our kids to talk […]

Beautiful Women
Female Fridays

Beautiful Women

With the two year anniversary of my mother’s death approaching, my sisters and I have had many conversations about our Mama. One of them brought back the memory of the wonderful friends in her life, and the invaluable need woman have for connection. The following is a tribute, written before my mother’s death to these beautiful women.   The table is filled with beautiful grey and white hair women. It is Mom’s best friend Aryls’s birthday and we were throwing a party…. A few years before Mom was diagnosed with Dementia, she was invited into a circle of new friends […]

The Ache of the Distance
Thirsty Thursdays

The Ache of the Distance

We have all had seasons when we’ve felt far from God. Right? You’ve had seasons like that, haven’t you? Girl. Please say yes. Sometimes we feel like He’s left us. Sometimes we know we’ve walked away from Him. But sometimes, He feels so near–it’s overwhelming. If you’ve known the sweetness of His nearness, you ache when He seems distant. If you’ve known the ache of the distance, His nearness is the sweetest thing you know. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more […]

Nothing Can Stop Us
Miscellaneous / Wedded Wednesdays

Nothing Can Stop Us

When my husband and I first got married a little over a year and a half ago, I had a few fears, but the one that was the strongest might sound incredibly strange: I was afraid of losing giddiness. Yes. Completely, 100%, terrified. So much that in moments where I just felt “normal” around him, I was afraid that meant I was falling out of love- as insane as that might sound. Fears were hitting me differently with my husband. Having been through a divorce, I was overanalyzing every little thing.   The first time he annoyed me, I was […]

Popcorn Balls
Tasty Tuesdays

Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls (or more accurately, popcorn globs) make everyone in the family smile. Caramel popcorn is the perfect sweet ending to family night and just right with a movie. Yummy, fast, and easy! This recipe is ooey and gooey and ends with finger licking and probably a wet wipe. ½ cup dark corn syrup ½ cup packed brown sugar ½ tsp salt ¼ cup butter Heat ingredients (except for popcorn) over medium heat until sugar is melted (caramelized), stirring constantly. Add popcorn. Stir to coat. Remove from heat. At this point, I just scoop out globs onto wax paper. You […]

Croup, Poop, and Assorted Goop
Miscellaneous / Mommy Mondays

Croup, Poop, and Assorted Goop

Did the title of this post draw you in, thinking “hey, this is what my Monday needs – a good blog about bodily functions”?  Or maybe you’re a mom too, and these words inspire hope that you’re not the only one dealing with the daily yuck that is a small child.  Either way, welcome.  Because I’ve been living the reality of motherhood for one whole year now,  I feel qualified – CALLED, even – to write a deeply meaningful poem about what it’s like.  Enjoy. CROUP, POOP, and ASSORTED GOOP by Mommy Catherine Stamper Your smile, your eyes, your silly giggle […]