In the fall of 2017, Tyrone and I decided we wanted to get married to each other. Somewhere between October and December, I told my parents, pastors, and close friends. In January 2018, I told my family. After that, there was no turning back for me. Because I went from never having a boyfriend to […]
This series is called CAE to CAF to highlight my most obvious identity change, my name, but this season of my life has changed many of my identities. Since I was 15, I have seen myself and identified as an educator. 15 years later, however, I now hold two advanced degrees in social science. I’m […]
Harper and Bewick Many memories were created on this corner where my childhood church used to stand. I hadn’t come by in a while because the pile of rocks was too hard to look at. Now, there’s stuff growing there. It’s a visible metaphor. Things that were once of utmost importance suddenly don’t exist. The […]
…But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. That scripture convicts me to think bigger and increase my willingness to believe in what I haven’t seen. But can we just take a […]
I had a conversation recently and while we were talking, I immediately felt more peace. Because in that moment, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me “It was never just about you.” That was an insanely profound moment for me. One of my repeated prayers has been to just understand the purpose for some […]
Look at the chest Make sure it’s still moving. Up and down it goes Sometimes the breathing is fast Sometimes it slows You watch with hope, But in the back of your mind is the nagging of the inevitable. One day… It’s gonna stop. This life that once brought you joy Will soon cease to […]
The beautiful part of remembering the pain of yesterday is that it’s a memory. You made it through. So don’t let yesterday’s trauma make you miss the gifts of the present.