A Very Soulless Christmas

My eyes slowly focused on the alarm clock on my bedside table. 3:46AM. As my eyes began to close, a small voice whispered, “Now.  You have to go to Walmart now.” “No.”  I shut my eyes and rolled over away … Continue reading


The Finicky Allergy Mom

It was no one’s fault, really. My cousin didn’t know Cam had a severe peanut allergy, otherwise she wouldn’t have made puppy chow to bring and share at our family gathering.  And my grandma, like me, didn’t realize that there … Continue reading


Christmas `13 at the Orphanage

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Thoughts from paradise

It’s that time again!  Time to talk about what is quite possibly my favorite project, every year.  Christmas at the orphanage!!


Christmas has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. As I was reflecting on what we could do for the orphanage this year (our fourth year in a row to do this with Casa Hogar Canaan), I had an idea. Part of what brought this project about 4 yrs ago was the realization that this wonderful holiday doesn’t necessarily hold wonderful memories for so many children.  Especially children who have been through some of the heart-wrenching things that these kids have been through. I would like to change that. So instead of flooding their space with a bunch of STUFF, I would like to give them some really fun memories.

The logistics are still being worked out. But here is my idea. Right now, Casa…

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The Reflection

I stood outside a bathroom stall waiting on my four year old. This was my THIRD trip to the bathroom within 15 minutes; the restaurant staff giggled as I had passed them that final time. I glanced up to see a … Continue reading


My Jamberry Addiction

I had a personal rule that I’ve kept for the majority of my adult life: don’t sell stuff.  It’s that simple.  For one, it’s not a dependable source of income.  And for two, you annoy everyone else around you.  (I … Continue reading


Why I Haven’t Given Up On Church

So many from my generation are running as fast and as far away from church as they can… believers and non-believers alike.  And really, who can blame them?  With images of hate like Westboro Baptist Church, who would want to … Continue reading


Packing: The Rashel Version

TODAY IS MY MOVING DAY, Y’ALL!!!!  WooHooooo!  (In case you’re wondering, I’ve written this way in advance and scheduled it for publishing… which is actually what I do with all of my blog posts.  Obviously, I don’t have time to … Continue reading


Storing Cleaning Supplies

When I lived in a tiny rent house, I had to reconsider every possible storage solution to maximize our tiny space.  One thing I learned then was to use a tension rod to hold my cleaning supplies.  This allows you … Continue reading


Coffee Mug vs. Offering Church

My Pappaw, Bob Willeford, was many things: wonderful, kindhearted, firm in his faith. He was also hilarious. He once told me, “I don’t have any enemies. I outlived them all.” There was one story in particular that he told me … Continue reading


Suquay Needs A Home

  This is Suquay.  Let me tell you her story. Nine years ago, when I was in college, I randomly woke up one morning with the burning desire to own a Siamese kitten.  So I picked up the phone book … Continue reading