#MyCountryTisOfThee: Freedom Isn’t Free

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For the first time in five years, I will spend this Memorial Day at home. Over the course of the last five years I have had the opportunity to enjoy Memorial Day weekend in Washington, DC, Boston and New York City. All three of these cities are sites of the United States’ history and origins […]


Simply the best grandma

Ashley and Mamaw

Last night when I heard a news report of an incident in my hometown, I reached for the phone to call my grandmother. I have done this numerous times over the last 40 days and each time I am about to dial her number, I stop myself because I remember she isn’t at the other […]


#RespectableSins: Control

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Several years ago I found a cute Mary Engelbreit magnet. The image, in Engelbreit’s traditional girly way, is of a girl with both hands on her hips, a clipboard in one hand, and above her head written, “I’m in charge here!” I bought the magnet, and it is been on my refrigerator ever since. While […]


#WhatIf we trusted God for His plan?

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“What if? What if?” Those were the words uttered by my aunt this past Saturday evening. My mom had just asked my aunt if she realized their mother-in-law, my beloved grandmother, according to the original medical plan, was supposed to be released from the hospital the previous day. Instead, we were in the hospital watching […]