Sometimes she sneaks in to our room in the middle of the night. Without saying a word, she climbs onto the couch a few feet from our bed and sleeps there until morning. I recently asked her why and she said, Sometimes I need to be close to you. I told her that's true for me too. This morning I woke up to find her in our room again and my heart melted. 💗
The reading from scripture I was asked to give this evening at our community's prayer vigil for Charlottesville. May it be the prayer of our hearts.
Lexington, VA people... let's show up. Showing up matters. ❤️
I've loved studying history for as long as I can remember, which is why I chose to get my degree in history with a focus in political science when I went to college. I vividly remember the day I sat in 8th grade social studies and watched a documentary on the holocaust. My hands shook and tears streamed down my face. I felt nauseous and when the credits rolled I went to the bathroom to compose myself. I remember watching documentaries in high school that covered civil rights. I tried to close my eyes against the images and videos of black bodies being broken by angry white mobs, hung from trees...children being bombed out of churches and screamed at while walking to school. But I couldn't because when I closed my eyes the images would play on a loop in my mind. Then one day I stopped closing my eyes. Because closing ours eyes and ears only helps the oppressors. Retreating into the safety of willful ignorance and purposeful blindness results in the oppression, discrimination, mistreatment, abuse, and death of the marginalized. No matter the fallout I won't do it. I won't close my eyes, ears, or mouth. I can't. The love of Christ for my fellow man compels me and we will stand in His power and grace and love.
Back home! They're both hungry and she's tired! 😍😆
The happiest I've ever seen them on a first day of school! Made it much easier for this mama to drop them off and drive away. 💗 Kindergarten and 1st Grade ... here come the most amazing kids you'll ever see! 😍😍
Faces of of love and hope and joy and faith and light. Swipe to read more of my thoughts today about the racist display of hate and violence just over the mountain from my home.
Book research led me to this article about Mister Rogers and I cried at the closing line: But who is out there today, in our neighborhoods, to reassure grown ups that we can never go down the drain? I miss Fred Rogers. 😭❤️
Helping Daddy with sound checks while also preparing for her future as a star! 😉😍
Sweet sleepy pup 🐶💗