Unexpected Lessons I Learned in Church

This fall marks 10 years since I started my senior year of high school, and being the sentimental person that I am, my thoughts keep mulling over what I’ve learned and how I’ve changed since then. I’ve gone from single to married. College is completed and already five years in the past. I’ve held six different jobs. My address has changed twice. I’ve traveled upwards of 15,000 miles. And I’ve been a part of four different congregations, ranging from a charismatic read more

Sharing Anguish: A Response to the Las Vegas Shooting

When three of Job’s friends heard of the tragedy he had suffered, they got together and traveled from their homes to comfort and console him. Their names were Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite.

When they saw Job from a distance, they scarcely recognized him. Wailing loudly, they tore their robes and threw dust into the air over their heads to show their grief.

Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to Job, for read more

A New Adventure: Blog Update

Hi friends! This weekend, I’m excited to announce I’m launching a NEW blog and Facebook page with my friend, Diana. I met Diana when I first started coming to Cherokee Hills in 2012. While our stories are different, we have both dealt with infertility struggles. And we have both felt God’s leading to create a welcoming place for others with similar struggles to share the lessons we’ve learned and provide encouragement.

sam and di blog update

Waiting to become a mom is hard. It’s weighty, read more

Home Place

A tepid breeze lifted the leaves of the cotton plants behind the home place mixing scents of pine needles and the show pigs housed in the barn. The barns and house were bathed in heat and light that simmered and stewed.

It’s not the same walls and roof that sheltered earlier generations, the years had taken their toll and in place of the old, new walls had been constructed. Ten siblings along with their parents lived life in the white farmhouse, ten siblings that would go on to have dozens read more