Of Grace and Dirty Dishes: Life More Abundantly

Happy spring, everyone! I hope this season brings more flowers than allergies, more bright and sunny days than showers. I like to think of myself as someone who just absolutely loves everything, but if I’m being a little more honest, I am not, in fact, a walking ray of sunshine all the time. There are…

Whose Man is This?

Hey, friends! I hope this wintry season of second chances and self-improvement is full of hope and sunshine. I have somewhat recently adopted the phrase “Who’s man is this?” from one of my best friends, as in, “Who’s man is that because whatever he is doing is absolutely ridiculous and someone needs to come and…

The Really Good Kind of Baggage

If you’ve ever seen me out of the house, I was probably carrying a giant bag of some sort. My dad affectionately calls whatever bag I happen to be carrying “the magic bag.” I have this really compulsive and altogether unnecessary need to carry around anything that anyone might need at any time. There’s just…

Come Taste the Grace

In the past year, I have grown into a person I never imagined, and I have found more joy than I ever thought possible. I’ve abandoned traditionalism, embraced freedom, discovered how to be brave, and opened my mind. I am anti-CHILL. I am standing on the side of love. I am making room at my…

The Boys of Fall

I have had the extraordinary pleasure of being with the football team since the spring for almost all of their practices, meals, and games. When I first started, it was a bit awkward because I didn’t quite know what I was doing, and I most certainly did not know all the boys. But I know…

Priority One: Number Thirteen

I have another story derived from a football game and football players. Shocker, right? Anyway, we played Greenwood last night at home. Quite a few of our players got hurt, and one of them in particular had to be taken by the ambulance. He’s been my brother’s best friend forever, so I’ve known him and…

Good Kids, Bad Things

“Shannon, do you think I’m a bad kid?” I didn’t even know what to do when a friend of mine asked the question. Of course he isn’t a bad kid! He’s one of the nicest kids I know. Sure, he goes to parties, drinks on occasion, and has smoked weed a few times. But I…

“Y’all are Friends”

Thursday night, we had a C-Team game and a JV game at West Side. One of our players got taken out of the game for a penalty caused by fighting during the C-Team game, and two of our players almost got into a fight on the sideline during the JV game. Some Things Are More…

Popsicles and Deserving It

“You should forgive him. He really is sorry.” “But what if he doesn’t deserve it?” This was part of a conversation I had a couple days ago with a friend about another friend. “What if he doesn’t deserve it?” It can be extremely difficult to give forgiveness, or for that matter anything, to those who…