To My First Son on the Eve of His Wedding


Robin You entered our world in the wee hours of a Monday morning in June, almost initiating your daddy into the first-time parent club on Father’s Day. He carried a new copy of Fatherhood into the delivery room, not realizing you’d arrive before he had a chance to read any of it.

We’d spent the day honoring our own dads—the soon-to-be grandfathers—and a grandmother who celebrated her birth on the day before yours, eating an after-church lunch marked by laughter and spilled drinks. I still remember that.

You remained an only child for five years, the oldest of a clan that would expand to eight children, four boys and four girls. You were fearless; an accident waiting for a place to happen; a lover of baseball, skateboards, and Warheads candy; a peacemaker, like me.

You were always quick with a hug and an I love you; the world hungers for people unafraid to offer such gifts.


We spent tonight at a rehearsal dinner with your new extended family: aunts and uncles, grandparents, a brother, father, and mother, welcoming you to join them just as our family welcomes your new bride into our brood. Your daddy and your soon-to-be father-in-law made me cry as they praised your loyalty and kindness.

Son, you are sweet.

I am so proud of you and I can’t wait to watch you become a husband tomorrow.



baby Jacob



May 2015 Desktop Calendar Available!

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?

Download May’s Desktop Calendar!


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.