I'm thankful for this annual reminder that the Christmas story at its core is about pushing back the darkness... - My hope {that ever elusive thing with feathers} is that I once again experience the pushing back of darkness in my own soul this holiday season and that my life is ever marked by an active involvement in that push especially on behalf of those for whom the darkness is darkest. - "Gather round ye children come Listen to the old old story Of the power of death undone By an infant…

I'm thankful for this annual reminder that the Christmas story at its core is about pushing back the darkness... - My hope {that ever elusive thing with feathers} is that I once again experience the pushing back of darkness in my own soul this holiday season and that my life is ever marked by an active involvement in that push especially on behalf of those for whom the darkness is darkest. - "Gather round ye children come Listen to the old old story Of the power of death undone By an infant…

"Horses horses horses..." (Name that movie!) Happy to have finally made it out to a Full Moon Pickin' Party this season!

"Horses horses horses..." (Name that movie!) Happy to have finally made it out to a Full Moon Pickin' Party this season!

I've learned to embrace my nerdiness.  [Also this is what coping with the election season looks like for me.]

I've learned to embrace my nerdiness. [Also this is what coping with the election season looks like for me.]

'Twas the night after Christmas... How are you spending it?

'Twas the night after Christmas... How are you spending it?

My way to commemorate the end of peach season: with bourbon and autumn spices.

My way to commemorate the end of peach season: with bourbon and autumn spices.

Sometimes "rage against the dying of the light" looks like sitting on a counselor's couch. Soul therapy = self care = chasing light.

Sometimes "rage against the dying of the light" looks like sitting on a counselor's couch. Soul therapy = self care = chasing light.

Life has certainly taught me that rare are the friends who will truly mourn with you in your grief. But I've also discovered that even rarer are those who will lean in and celebrate with you in your joys and victories as well.  Thankful for the rare gems in my life who show up with true friendship regardless of the season. (And when they live far away sometimes that looks like a welcome mat unexpectedly arriving in the mail to celebrate my new house!)

Life has certainly taught me that rare are the friends who will truly mourn with you in your grief. But I've also discovered that even rarer are those who will lean in and celebrate with you in your joys and victories as well. Thankful for the rare gems in my life who show up with true friendship regardless of the season. (And when they live far away sometimes that looks like a welcome mat unexpectedly arriving in the mail to celebrate my new house!)

Diversity is beautiful y'all. Over 40 Muslim nations were  represented with delicious cultural food and drinks at the Nashville Islamic Center today. A feast for my tummy my eyes and my soul...

Diversity is beautiful y'all. Over 40 Muslim nations were represented with delicious cultural food and drinks at the Nashville Islamic Center today. A feast for my tummy my eyes and my soul...

When we deny our stories they define us. When we own our stories we get to write a brave new ending. // BRENÉ BROWN //

When we deny our stories they define us. When we own our stories we get to write a brave new ending. // BRENÉ BROWN //

Four years.  Four years since Ive heard your contagious laugh seen your face light up about football/family/Oreos texted with you in the middle of the night (sleeplessness used to have its perks) been lovingly slapped around by your wisdom and been impressed by your matchless potty mouth.  Four years.  And you remain the bravest strongest most faith-filled and joyful person I've ever known. I want to be just like you when I grow up.  I'll start by swearing more... And hopefully end by…

Four years. Four years since Ive heard your contagious laugh seen your face light up about football/family/Oreos texted with you in the middle of the night (sleeplessness used to have its perks) been lovingly slapped around by your wisdom and been impressed by your matchless potty mouth. Four years. And you remain the bravest strongest most faith-filled and joyful person I've ever known. I want to be just like you when I grow up. I'll start by swearing more... And hopefully end by…

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