Begin Again: Choosing to Move Towards God by Monica “Afrotasticlady” Vance

Family Grace Guest Post Strength Waiting

Through my questions, I learned that God gave my sister a miracle. He provided my family with one too. He allowed us to know this incredible woman. He gave her the gift of salvation and eventually brought her to Heaven. And He showed me that it was okay to grieve, and that it made me a real woman with real emotions.

#FiveMinuteFriday: Visit (a poem)

Family Poetry

All five generations of us alive
in one small bleached, concrete room
filled with prayer beads and penance
alive with the death of things
Not one of us allowed by our full names

Begin Again: Taming Trauma by Tanya Cowley

Faith Family Grace Strength Waiting

On the outside, there wasn’t a girl closer to God than me. But on the inside, I was full of doubt. I begged for salvation at every altar call, repenting for being broken and traumatized.

#FiveMinuteFriday: Mom (a poem)

Family Grace Poetry Waiting

When the war is over and the ground tilled
a new bloom will make home in her spirit

Ma reminds me of struggle and strife
Take care of your own and to God the rest.

Book Review: Stolen Words by Melanie Florence & Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Book Review Children Family

As a young girl, my grandmother would speak to us grandchildren in Spanish. She would always ask us to respond to her in the same language. It was her way of preserving home for us.

Begin Again: Why My Worth Is Emerging for Me Now by Julie Loos

Faith Family Strength

Throughout my whole life, I’ve felt unwanted. When I was a young child, those closest to me threatened to give me up. These individuals were supposed to be my safe place- my home. In reality,

Children’s Book Review: A Bedtime Yarn by Nicola Winstanley

Book Review Children Family Strength

What a gorgeous book of connection with our dreams, and our knitting together of reality. I love how this book knit together a story of dreams and overcoming unknowns.

Begin Again: Overcoming Betrayal by Julia Dale

Faith Family Guest Post Strength

In due time, I stepped back into my childhood church and that very day was introduced to a man that would go on to be my surrogate father and officiate over my wedding. This man would connect the dots from my heart to God’s and remind me that my ransom was paid in blood so greatly was I loved. I would come to understand that my value wasn’t tied to a scale and more importantly that there was a place for me in the Kingdom.

Book Review & Giveaway: I’m Going To Give You A Bear Hug by Caroline B. Cooney

Book Review Children Faith Family

The alliteration was on point throughout the book. I didn’t find any tired cliches and although there was nothing fantastical about the book, it ballooned my imagination. None of the animals spoke, neither were they made up, but I had a fun time imagining a piggie giving me and my daughter great big squeezes.