Grief & gratitude

Today's guest blog post is written by my friend, mentor, and former boss, Rhonda Bletsh. Thank you for sharing the depths of your grief, love, and gratitude with us, Rhonda. As the one year anniversary of my husband’s death approaches, I find myself reflecting on all that I have. In those first seconds, minutes, hours,... Continue Reading →

Dissonance

I remember attending my first Twelve Step recovery meeting ever. It was an open meeting, and I attended with a friend. I listened. I learned a lot and felt that even though what people were sharing didn't totally apply to me, there was something warm and familiar about it all the same. I couldn't put... Continue Reading →

A letter to my wife

Today's post is written by one of my students, Roy Meisinger, as a token of appreciation to his wife.  Dear wife, I would like to take the time to tell you how thankful I am that God chose you to be my wife. I think sometimes I take you for granted, but truthfully you do... Continue Reading →

To my loving husband

Today's blog post is by my student, Ladonna Williams, as part of a brief writing assignment celebrating her marriage. To my loving husband: I want you to know that you have been a great inspiration in my life. Putting our friendship with love, we created our marriage. You accepted life’s responsibility and turned it into... Continue Reading →

Tori’s Top 10

Today's guest blog post is written by my lifelong friend, Tori Walker Kirk. Watching her journey has been inspiring and filled me with gratitude. When I read that Bethany needed people to write gratitude posts for her blog, something inside me screamed, “Do it”!  I’m not a writer, but I do have my fair share... Continue Reading →

Sweet 16

Happy anniversary to my best friend, MeLissa Horseman, and the love of her life, Shawn. I'm grateful I was able to be there with them 16 years ago to celebrate their wedding.  My husband and I celebrate our Sweet 16 this July.  Marriage is probably the hardest thing I have ever done, aside from public... Continue Reading →

The gratitude word

*Today's blog post is a guest post written by my lifelong friend and former neighbor Leslie Ferguson Thomas. I'm always thankful for Leslie's contributions to my blog, but I'm more thankful for her ongoing friendship, her perspective on life, and her willingness to share it. Leslie's husband is currently battling cancer; please keep them in... Continue Reading →

Teaching me to mother

Lizard, Thank you for breaking me in back when I turned 22. There was nothing Taylor Swift about it. Your dad and I tied the knot three weeks after I graduated from college and three weeks after my birthday, and I frantically searched for employment while serving as your stepmom. I felt like I was... Continue Reading →

Being a mom: it’s hard, y’all

Today's post is the first in what I hope to be a series of post by friends and guest contibutors on the topic of Mother's Day and all things related. Big thanks to my guest writer today, blogger and former Arkansan Kambri Davidson, who now lives a more glamorous life with her husband Drew in... Continue Reading →

Love…

Today's post is by my friend and regular contributor Debra Dickey.  Love.   An oddly challenging concept for me to write about --- definitions and dimensions; cursive and variegated; richly prismatic, yet often elusive.  I understand love, I know what love is all about, and I am quite unselfish when sharing love. Fluid in sentiment and... Continue Reading →

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