March 4th from Erin... Most Recent Update: I have my pre-op appointment and Neurosurgery appointment next Wednesday, March 10.Surgery is scheduled for March 30 at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TNIf all goes well with the surgery, I will come back home on Friday, April 2 or Saturday, April 3.I've created a facebook group where I'll post … Continue reading An Invitation
February 18th from Erin... Quick Updates: First of all, THANK YOU for praying and for sharing this with others. I am so encouraged to know I’m being prayed for. Also, your comments, texts, calls, lunch dates, etc mean the world to me! I feel incredibly loved :)We have a surgery date – it’s March 30! … Continue reading So. Many. Feelings.
February 11, 2021 - from Erin Quick Updates We met with the surgeon at Vanderbilt and really liked him. He was very personable and patient with all our questions. He feels I have over 95% chance of coming out the other side of this with the only loss being the hearing in my left ear. … Continue reading Enneagram Identity Crisis & Spiritual Blind Spots
February 3, 2021 I realize I'm sharing two posts in one day, but I wrote them a week apart. I’ve discovered recently that I have a tendency to bury my feelings. I don’t like feeling sad or upset, so I tend to move right on past those feelings to start re-framing. I’m all too ready … Continue reading Giving Up [from Erin]
Update from January 27, 2021 So, for a while now, I’ve been experiencing some hearing loss in my left ear. But last fall, it seemed to get worse. So, after procrastinating for a few months, I went to the doctor to see what was going on. An MRI revealed I have an Acoustic Neuroma, which … Continue reading Big News [from Erin]
We’ve all been given an opportunity in midst of this unprecedented season. Our lifestyles and habits have been forced out of their typical grooves. Our auto-pilot functions no longer serve us well. It’s like our bike chain got kicked out of gear. So, now we each have a choice.
Most days are average to good days, where optimistic social media posts with sunny bible verses feel appropriate and encouraging. [...] Then there are the black hole days. The days when you can’t see past the pain. The nights when your fear feels so real that you could reach out and touch it. In times like these, trite platitudes fall short. The Bible verses that used to bring comfort feel, at best, distant and irrelevant, at worst, obtuse and offensive. Where can we turn for hope on these days?
Enter the awkward uncles.
Gavin and I recently returned from a trip to Uganda, I'll get into more about what we were doing there in a minute, but first I want to talk about giraffes. This may come as a shock but we don't see a ton of giraffes in Georgia. So, when we first stumbled across one on … Continue reading Just Another Giraffe | Olivia & Pheobe’s Story
One of the weird things about moving into a new house being surprised by plants. Not that there's an Azalea jumping out and shouting at you from around the corner or anything. But there's still this element of surprise. The subtle, slow unfolding of little chlorophyll-charged mysteries. They just start popping out of the ground … Continue reading Mystery Plants :: Some thoughts on kids
Confession... I’m colorblind. And before you ask, no, I don’t just see in black and white like a dog or a shark or something. I see colors, just not the same ones everyone else sees. Or so I’ve been told. It hasn’t really been a big problem, except for those middle school geography tests that … Continue reading Colorblind | Thoughts on challenging our assumptions