Thanksgiving 2018

"Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things"-Psalm 107:8-9 (NIV). Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and I decided to cook this year since I didn't cook last year. My family had our Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, and we went to my fiancé's father's house on Thursday. I … [Read more...]

Teaching Children Inclusion

Last week my son had a horrible time in school. He’s been extremely frustrated because other children don’t include him in basketball and soccer during recess. My son is highly functioning autistic, and for many years he didn’t care if other children wanted to play with him. Most of the time, he wandered around by himself in his own world. Now, he’s reached a point where he wants to be included, … [Read more...]

My Latest Article for Sojourners

Here is my latest for Sojourners: https://sojo.net/articles/my-blackness-not-odds-my-faith-christ.   … [Read more...]

Restaurant Review: Is Urban Plates a Family Restaurant?

Urban Plates, a trendy restaurant that originated in California and prides itself on wholesome meals plated right in front of you, opened up at The Mall at Columbia in Maryland. When I saw the advertising and checked out the menu online, I had to try it with my family. I already had my eyes on the roasted red potatoes and the chicken. Last night, my fiancé and I took the children. When we … [Read more...]

When the Widow Gets Engaged

So, my boyfriend of two years proposed, and I accepted. I’m very excited to begin my life with him as he’s been a very close friend since we met in college, we’re so compatible, and we just genuinely enjoy each other. However, it is an adjustment for some people because for the last five years my testimony as a young widow with children has been a major part of my ministry. I’ve had the … [Read more...]

Book Review: Simone Visits the Museum

So, I stumbled upon this great children's book this weekend. After church on Sunday, I went to one of my favorite local restaurants, Franklin's, and I stopped in their general store after we ate, and I found this gem, Simone Visits the Museum by Dr. Kelsi Bracmort. It grabbed my attention because the characters are African American, and the book has awesome illustrations. I always make it a point … [Read more...]

A Back-to-School Prayer

My little ones start school next week, and I, like many parents, are filled with trepidation. My youngest starts Kindergarten, and I’m praying she can adjust to school and will be emotionally strong enough and wise enough to deal with students and teachers. I do my best to equip them to handle people and certain situations, but I’m always concerned if they’ll be able to stand firm in their beliefs … [Read more...]

Sermon: “Willing to Risk it All”

My pastor, the Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington, is retiring next year, and I'm so grateful for the years, 15 to be exact, I've spent observing, sitting under and learning from him. I appreciate his spirit and willingness to listen even when I shared my folly with him over the years. His ministry and reputation have made it so that wherever I go, I'm received with open arms because people know I've been … [Read more...]

Product Review for Back to School: Miss Zee African-American Book Bag

I first learned about Miss Zee from Facebook. I saw an advertisement of one of the book bags, and I always wanted to purchase one. Miss Zee sells book bags, decor and stationary with African-American characters on them. Now that my youngest is going to kindergarten in September, I decided to give Miss Zee a try. Well, my daughter's book bag arrived in the mail last week, and I'm in love. I am … [Read more...]

The Father Factor: Lessons from Biking & Blending a Family

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” Ephesians 6:4 (NIV). I spent my formative years with my mother. By the time my father became a steady presence in my life, I had many walls up because of his absence the first 14 years of my life. As a result, I never developed a normal father/daughter relationship. I don’t know … [Read more...]

Homemade Ground Turkey Empanadas

I LOVE Latin food. I love Peruvian, Cuban and Mexican food. Recently, I discovered one of my favorite lunchtime restaurants makes chicken empanadas. I've had them at least twice now, and they're great. However, I wanted to see if I could make them myself. I know grocery stores sell frozen ones, but frozen food has so much salt. I want fresh food. So, here's my attempt at empanadas. Click HERE for … [Read more...]

Product Review: Silk Flowers Direct Provided by CSI Gypsum3D™

One of the privileges blogging provides me is the opportunity to try out great new products. After seven years of blogging and reviewing products, I have yet to be disappointed. CSI Gypsum3D™ sent me products from Silk Flowers Direct, and I am impressed. Usually, I’m an advocate for real flowers and real plants. I used to have many plants in my house, but my move back to Maryland killed … [Read more...]

Emerging from the Ashes

I drive by this house every day. When I first saw it, it did not have a second floor. I don’t know what happened—fire, natural disaster, or general wear and tear—but this house used to be one floor with the top half ripped off. Exposed to the elements, this house was open and vulnerable. It was downright ugly and an eye sore. I’m sure its lack of curb appeal bothered the neighbors. It probably … [Read more...]

MADD Volunteer Work, Noah on Patrol and How God Uses Us to Intercede in the Earth

I volunteer for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). I do so because a drunk driver hit my husband when he was a teenager and the traumatic brain injury he sustained as a result caused his premature death. This week MADD asked me to attend a press conference about the launch of a new initiative in Montgomery County, M.D. to deter DUI offenders from repeating their offense. The initiative is … [Read more...]

Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Video Is Also an Indictment of Today’s Church

I'm grateful to contribute this piece to Sojourners. https://sojo.net/articles/childish-gambino-s-america-video-also-indictment-today-s-church   … [Read more...]

Radio Appearance: Married Men Don’t Talk

So, I participated in the "Married Men Don't Talk" radio show. They wanted to hear about my experience as a widow and how that affects my dating life now. My segment began an hour into the show. Like to hear it? Here it goes: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mmdt/2018/05/02/abandonment-ladies-night     … [Read more...]

Partner Post: What Does It Mean to Marry Someone Who Has Children?

When you marry your love, it's the real start of your life together, even if you've been together for a while. But you've also each had your own life before getting together, and that means you each have a past. This past might include past relationships and even marriages, which can result in something that's very much not a thing of the past: children. If you marry someone with children,  it can … [Read more...]

Partner Post: Moving Is Not Your Only Choice After A Break In Next Door

Feeling secure at home is essential. This is, after all, where you live your life and store your belongings. It’s where you come to unwind at the end of a long day. You need to know that you’re as safe in the space as you can be. This need for home safety becomes even more pressing when you have kids in the house. No one wants to raise kids in unsafe areas, after all. You’ll never be able to … [Read more...]

Partner Post: Get Your Home Ready For Your Upcoming Sale

If you are soon going to be selling your home, you need to start getting it ready. You can’t just have people show up for a viewing and have your home be a complete tip. There are certain things that must be done before you can have anyone viewing your home, and if you don’t know what these are then it is a good thing that you have come across this article. We are going to be discussing some of … [Read more...]