“Mom, did you see the Sunrise this morning?” My answer.

I woke up this morning. When you hear those words you might go, “Yeah, duh…obviously or you wouldn’t be writing.” Or , “Congratulations!” Or, “Why? Has something been wrong? Did you think that you weren’t going to?” I woke up this morning. Yes, literally. I am drinking my coffee. My kids are off at school.…

Words from the Grave

“Love Lives On”. That is the marker on my Grandfather’s grave. If he were alive, my Daddy John would have been 100 years old – today.  On the last day of his life as he lay unconscious in the hospital bed, I scolded him. Yes, I did.  It wasn’t harsh, but in exasperation I told that man, the most precious person that I…

“Where Are You…?”

Talking to friends on a regular basis was something that I had almost gotten used to! It has never been a natural thing for me. I love people, I just don’t always remember that I need people! But for a while now I have been getting more comfortable. I was enjoying trading texts about things that were happening;  sharing amazing experiences…

What is the Title? How about “Debauchery on a Boat?”

Yesterday I started a new post…but it really didn’t say what I wanted it to, so I scrapped it. That doesn’t happen very often, thankfully. Usually when I sit down to write it is because I am compelled to…not because I am obligated. As my mother recently told my father, “Christy doesn’t usually do things…

Terrible, Horrible, Dead Dream

I woke up this morning from another bad dream. Dreaming at all is uncommon for me. But recently I have had a string of pretty terrible ones. Last night’s was not the recurring one with the ginormous tornado…the tornado that comes right before dark…it rises up over the horizon…massive and black and swirling. And I know without a shadow of…

Grandaddy versus Abel Tucker…Round One

  Able Tucker was born in much the same way that all babies are born. He had a one year old birthday party, and a two-year old birthday party, and a three-year old birthday. But when he turned four, as some folks do, he went right from being a baby sucking down milk to being a fifty…

More than Animals

Life should not be more complicated than need be… problems and drama and crazy-making should not take up our time. People should not be simple-minded … drawn into things that are of no significance.Each of us should hope to be made of something deep and substantial. We are more than animals following the grumbles of our stomach…

It Really is THAT Simple

Yesterday I spent several hours in planning sessions for exciting new ministries that are about to launch at my church. After my last meeting with a group of three other women, we walked into the hallway outside of the church library and our Pastor greeted us and inquired about our progress. I chimed in… “It was extremely productive.…

Who Am I…or Whose…

I had never heard of “Redemptive Gifts”…but since I began attending my church a few short months ago, I have heard a lot about it. People in the congregation might say, “I’m a teacher” or “I’m a mercy” or “I’m a giver.” My pastor is an “exhorter”. My husband says he is a “ruler”…and that I am…

Archie’s Learning and Lessons

Archie’s brother came for a visit one summer before Archie got sick.  Daddy was outside sitting on the porch swing and visiting with the two red-headed brothers. “Don’t believe anything that you hear about mountain folks… unless it’s good.” Archie told Sal. “ I’ve lived here for over thirty years now and I am surprised…