Camping

My iPad is resting on a log, with the moon lighting the lake in front of me as I listen to my little Dumpling, snore. I can hardly believe the sights and sounds in front of me because it's taken so much work to get here. Camping is hard work, y'all. A week of prepping,…

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30 Days of Truth, Day 26

Day 26 — Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why? Someone close to me committed suicide when I was in high school. David hung out with us and was really close to my ex-husband. He waved goodbye one day as we left for lunch, went home and shot himself.…

30 Days of Truth, Day 22

Day 22 — Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life. It was 2003 and I'd sent my dad a Christmas package with a quilt I'd sewn him. We'd baked cookies, made marshmallows, granola, canned treats from my garden. You name it. It was the overachiever package I'd always wanted to send my deadbeat dad.…

Power

My mother grew up in Utah and was raised in the epicenter of the obedient female. God-fearing housewives listen to their husbands a little too much in my opinion, but whatever keeps the home fires burning. She knew one thing for certain, and that was that she would never raise a child there. She moved…

Brenda

It's a beautiful thing when you've raised an incredible person. I made a young woman with twice my sass and a million times the courage. She's fire. She called me tonight and set my ass straight. We were talking and she stopped and said: LR- What are you doing? J- Uh... texting. LR- WHO? J-…