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End of Summer Update

End of Summer Update

Brewer Cousins at the Baxter Wedding – photo by Kelly Dean Photography Phew, guys… August sure was a month. On August 9th, I found out my Gramps (my birth father’s Dad) passed away. While we weren’t close in proximity, we both highly valued our relationship. Gramps was an encourager of my education, of thinking for myself, and one who modeled hard work and an adventurous spirit. I am so grateful for the many years we got to spend together, and will miss him dearly. We celebrated his life together with our extended Simmons family on August 22nd. Two days after I ... Read More »

Embracing the Meantime: Making the Most of It

Embracing the Meantime: Making the Most of It

For much of the last year and a half, I have lingered in a strange space of utter heartbreak and stubborn joy. The job descriptions I have wanted more than any other in life have been to be a wife and a mother, but things have not gone according to my carefully laid plans. With that, I have had to reconsider everything I assumed for how I would live my life in my late twenties into my thirties. Piece by piece, I have been slowly letting go and burying the things I held onto so tightly. Grief is a cycle – it ... Read More »

What We Think We Are Promised

What We Think We Are Promised

We all have plans for our lives – specific ways we think they should go. We imagine that because we are good people who make the right choices, we will somehow be rewarded. Or for those of us who believe in God, we think because our faith is strong and we trust Him unwaveringly, He will give us the deepest desires of our hearts. This is true especially for those big milestone things: the dream job, the perfect spouse, or a happy, healthy family. Sometimes things seem to work out that way, but quite often they do not. Read More »

This is My Story

This is My Story

This is the first time I have attempted to tell my story in one sitting. While I tell you bits and pieces on a regular basis, I have never attempted to structure it and make it fit into something less than a ten minute telling. I love narrative. I love details, understanding a character’s motivation, and a good story arc. I love the conflict and the triumph. I am also personally far more comfortable with thoughtfully chosen written words than grasping the right ones as they are rolling off my tongue. Last fall I attended both the Storyline Conference and ... Read More »

Walking Towards Hope: Love, Loss, and My Wedding Day

Like many little girls, I grew up fascinated by the idea of one day being a bride. While most girls’ daydreams are comprised of big white dresses, bridesmaids, and a mystery groom, I grew up wondering about what it would be like to walk down the aisle because I lost my father to cancer at the tender age of five. When my Daddy died, I could sense my mother’s sadness. With youthful optimism and childlike faith, I told her not to worry – she could find another husband. Read More »

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