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May 2015 desktop calendar

Welcome to May, a month of spring flowers, graduation ceremonies, and outdoor weddings! Our oldest daughter graduated today and our oldest son gets married later this month. By the end of June, I will have been mother of the groom not once, but twice!

What events fill your family’s calendar this month?

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Not a Friendship Fraud today at (in)courage


I recently submitted my second book to my publisher, a compilation of stories on friendship to be released next year. After spending time collecting tales of close relationships — months in which I worked more than I socialized — I announced to my husband that I was, in fact, a Friendship Fraud. (In my mind it was capitalized, an official title.)

I’d become negligent, failing to nurture one of life’s great treasures: good friendships.

I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to assume that my friends are out on me, that I’ve caused offense in some unknown way, that my girlfriends will be there for me when it’s easy but maybe not when it requires an effort.

Thankfully I have friends who teach me otherwise, who show me that roots grown deep don’t shrivel so easily.

Join me today at (in)courage for the rest of the story!

Meet Me in Macon Tomorrow!

Meet me for a book signing this Thursday, April 30, at Bodega Interiors in Macon, GA. We’ll have lunch and sweet tea, and fellow (in)courage author and book contributor Robin Dance and I will read excerpts from The Beauty of Grace.

During the book signing there will be drawing for a Bodega Summer Wreath & a copy of The Beauty of Grace. If you’re near, I’d love for you to join us!

Where: Bodega Interiors, 153 Gateway Drive, Macon GA
When: 11:30 a.m.
Readings: 1:00 p.m.

Listen to Your Mother, Y’all!

Hospital birth

Although I eventually gave birth to four girls and four boys, my husband and I invested 10 years in this parenting gig before welcoming a daughter into our home. Our first three children were boys, which was how my husband’s family rolled: his mother and grandmother each gave birth to three sons, no girls.

Because I was one of two girls and so was my mother, they were what I expected. I can French braid—a skill which shouldn’t go to waste—so surely God would give me daughters, right?

Most women find Proverbs 31 an intimidating chapter in the Bible. This woman had everything—virtue, business sense, serious gardening and homemaking skills, and a strong marriage—a description that can make even the most confident woman feel lacking.

But what draws me in is the beginning of verse 28:

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed . . .”

As mothers we pour ourselves into our children, body and soul. It’s only natural to hope they notice and appreciate it.

mom and girls

My mother passed away 11 years ago, much too young. I’ve since learned that you’re never too old to need a mother’s love and advice.

I’m honored to pay tribute to my her memory as part of this year’s Listen to Your Mother event in Atlanta, where 13 local writers and storytellers will read stories about the blessings, the struggles, and the sleep-deprivation of motherhood in celebration of Mother’s Day in a live performance.

I would love for you to join me there.

What: Listen to Your Mother, Atlanta
Where: Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060
When: Saturday, April 25th, 7 p.m.

Listen to Your Mother Atlanta

The BlogHer Experts Among Us Team will visit five cities on the 39-city Listen to Your Mother schedule and Atlanta is one of them!